Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Maa Chole ki Dal


hen I was young, daily my mom used to ask which dal would you like to eat today. We used to reply black dal, green dal, yellow dal, white dal. There is a big variety of dals and we were not knowing the names. This is what every kid do in childhood. Basically I belong to family who eats dal at least 5 days a week. Dals are the source of protein in a vegetarian family. Even though dal is a basic food for me, this recipe was new to me. I ate this dal first time at my friend's place. Thanks to her for introducing me a new recipe.

Split urad dal with skin(Maa) - 3/4 cup
Chana dal(chole dal - 1/4 cup
Water - 3 cups
Salt - 3/4 tsp
Turmeric powder - 1/2 tsp
Ghee - 1 tbsp
Chopped Green chilli - 2
Red chilli powder - 1/4 tsp
Chopped onion - 1
Chopped tomatoes - 2
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Asafoetida - 1/8 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Garam masala - 1/4 tsp


  • Wash dals and soak them in water for 30 minutes.
  • Drain the water and cook dal in pressure cooker with salt and turmeric powder till done.
  • Heat ghee. add cumin seeds and asafoetida. When seeds splutter add ginger garlic paste and green chillies. Add onion fry till transparent. Add tomatoes and fry them till tender. 
  • Add this tempering to dal and mix well.
  • Add garam masala and this creamy dal is ready to serve.
  • Garnish with cilantro leaves and red ghee.
Red Ghee
         Heat 3 tsp ghee in a small pan. Add 1/4 tsp red chilli powder. When the ghee turn red turn off the                                               heat and remove the pan from hot surface otherwise the chilli powder will burn.
This goes to Food palette series


  1. Nutritious and protein packed dal,looks irresistible..

  2. it is pujabi delicacy. love it to eat . sounds tasty

  3. Dhal looks scrumptious:) Loved it ... very healthy and tasty:)

  4. wow delicious and comfort dal luks yum...

  5. Comfort food,flavorful and delicious dal

  6. Wowwwwwwwwwwwww... mouth watering here.. looks so so so delicious and perfect.. simply inviting dear.

  7. i love this...This looks perfect...Thanks for the recipe dear.....

  8. protein packed curry..looks so yumm ..

  9. very delicious dal, new to me..red ghee sounds good..

  10. sounds superb and what a great recipe :)

  11. thank you for linking this flavourful comfort food

  12. nice preparation..flavorful and delicious



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