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Maa Ki Daal

sweta biswal
10 minutes
Prep Time
60 minutes
Cook Time
3 People
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A delicious slow cooked dal recipe that is sure to make a fan out of any food critic.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Medium
  • Everyday
  • Punjabi
  • Simmering
  • Pressure Cook
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 3

  1. 2/3 cup black lentils (urad dal)
  2. 1 medium sized onion
  3. 1 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  4. 2-3 medium sized tomatoes
  5. 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  6. 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  7. 1/3 tsp turmeric
  8. 1/4 tsp garam masala
  9. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  10. 1 tsp Kasuri methi
  11. 3 tsp oil
  12. salt to taste
  13. cilantro for garnishing


  1. Wash and soak the black lentils overnight.
  2. Chop the onion into small pieces. Grind the tomato into a puree.
  3. Heat the oil in a pressure cooker. Add the cumin seeds and allow them to splutter.
  4. Add the chopped onions and fry till translucent. Follow with the ginger garlic paste and fry for 2-3 minutes.
  5. Add the powdered spices and fry for 30 seconds before adding the fresh tomato puree. Cook till the oil starts to separate from the tomatoes.
  6. Wash and drain the soaked lentils. Add them to the pressure cooker along with salt, 2 1/2 cups water and the kasuri methi. Cook for 7-8 whistles. Remove from flame and allow steam to escape naturally.
  7. Return it to the burner, this time with the lid open. Allow it to simmer for 10-12 minutes (take a dal masher and lightly mash the lentils while it is still on the burner).
  8. Finally add the cilantro just before removing from the flame. Serve hot with roti or white rice.

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Shipra Saxena
Shipra Saxena   Apr-12-2016

This reminds me of home food and food cooked my mother! Thank you Sweta :D

Kavita Bhatia
Kavita Bhatia   Apr-12-2016

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