Chana dal or Bengal gram dal is split chickpeas kernel. Traditionally this chickpeas lentil or chana dal was produced by soaking the whole chickpeas, then removing the loose skins. However, nowadays it is readily available in any Indian grocery store. Chana dal is also used to make Besan or gram flour, which is used as paste with water or yoghurt, as batter or breading for many Indian fritters.