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chana dal namkeen in air fryer

Chana Dal Namkeen in Air Fryer

Enjoy guilt-free healthy snacking with this gluten free and vegan chana dal (split chickpeas) namkeen done in Air Fryer.
Prep Time 10 hrs
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Appetisers
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Air Fryer


  • Chana Dal or split bengal gram or kadalai paruppu - 1 cup
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Baking soda - 1 pinch
  • Regular or Black salt - to taste
  • Chaat masala powder - to taste
  • Red chilli powder - to taste
  • Oil - 1/2 to 1 tsp


  • First soaking: Take chana dal in a bowl. Add water and rinse 2 to 3 times by rubbing the dal with fingers till the water runs clean and clear. Add 3 cups water and soak for 7 to 8 hours.
  • Second soaking: Discard soaked water and rinse once again. Add 3 cups water, turmeric powder and baking soda. Mix and soak for 2 more hours.
  • Make chana dal namkeen: Transfer the soaking chana dal into a colander and drain the water completely.
  • Spread the dal on a clean cloth and let it air dry completely. You can also dry it under a fan to save time.
  • Transfer to a bowl, add oil and mix well till the dal gets coated well with oil.
  • Transfer into an aluminium foil. This will prevent the dal from falling to the basket floor through the holes.
  • Preheat the air fryer at 200 C for 5 mins. Place the foil into the basket and spread it evenly.
  • Slide in the basket and set the fryer time for 5 mins.
  • Slide the basket out and mix it well with a spoon to ensure even air frying and slide in the basket.
  • Set the timer again for 5 more mins or adjust accordingly and bake till the chana dal gets golden, crisp and crunchy.
  • Transfer to a bowl and while the dal is still hot, add salt, red chilli powder, chaat masala powder and toss well for even distribution.
  • Chana Dal Namkeen is ready. Once cool, store in an air tight container.



For Stovetop & Microwave method, check the post above.