Chanar Dalna – Chena Ball Curry

Chanar Dalna or Cottage Cheese Ball Curry is an authentic Bengali recipe. I remember, when I was a child, my grandma used to make chanar dalna almost every Saturday, and I simply cannot forget the taste of that curry. The main two ingredients of this dish are cottage cheese and potato. It’s a very simple recipe without onion and garlic. Try this simple vegetarian dish with steamed rice.

Image : Chanar Dalna

chanar dalna 17Important :

  • Preparation Time : 20 minutes
  • Inactive : 30 minutes
  • Cooking Time : 20 minutes
  • Total Time : 1 hr 10 minutes
  • Serve For : 4

Ingredients :

To Make Chena Balls

  • Chena or Cottage Cheese (200 gms)
  • All Purpose Flour or Maida (1 tbsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (few pinch)
  • Salt (few pinch)

To Make the Curry

  • Cumin Seeds (1/4 tsp)
  • Vegetable Oil (2-3 tbsp)
  • Bay Leaves (2)
  • Potato (2 medium size) /cut into cubes
  • Red Chilli Powder (1 tsp)
  • Cumin Powder (1 tsp)
  • Turmeric Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Whole Green Chilli (2)
  • Grated Ginger (1/2 tsp)
  • Sugar (1/2 tsp)
  • Garam Masala Powder (1/2 tsp)
  • Clarified Butter or Ghee (1/2 tsp)
  • Water (2 cups)

Images : 

Boil milk

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Add 1 lime juice

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Stir well

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The water separates from the milk

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Place on a cotton cloth

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Chena is ready

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Place it on a plate

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Add maida, turmeric powder and salt

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Khead and make a dough

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Make small flat balls

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Fry them until golden brown

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Keep them aside

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Add cumin seeds and bay leaves

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Add potato cubes

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Add dry spices and salt

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Add green chilli

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Add grated ginger

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Add water

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Add sugar

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Add garam masala powder

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Add ghee

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Put the balls into the gravy

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Stir and cook for 2-3 minutes

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Tips : 

  • Do not cook the chena balls for a long-span of time or they will break very easily.
  • Make sure you have enough curry to soak the balls, because the chena balls will soak some of the curry or jhol.
  • Serve with steamed rice or roti.

You can also check other Paneer Recipes like Paneer NO Butter Masala, Palak Paneer, Paneer with Mixed Vegetables, Paneer Kofta Curry, Aloo Matar Paneer, Paneer Makhani .

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