Wash and soak chana dal for at least 1 hour or upto 3 hours.
Boil 3 cups water and add the soaked chana dal (strain from water and add it to boiling water).
Boil for 5 minutes in between add 1 teaspoon salt.
Drain from water once it cooked soft from inside. Do not overcook or undercook.
Now heat oil in kadai and temper with the items given under ‘To temper’ table.
Add ginger, chilli and stir well.
In goes cooked dal and mix well.
Lastly add coconut and mix well for a minute, add coconut oil if desired. Transfer to the serving bowl.