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5 from 3 votes

Maa Ki Dal Recipe

Maa ki dal or kali dal recipe is a delicious and wholesome Punjabi dal recipe with whole black gram or sabut urad dal. This dal tastes best with roti or rice.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, punjabi
Servings: 3
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Harini

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Black lentils sabut urad dal
  • 3 tomatoes large
  • 10 cashews optional
  • 3 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 2 onions medium, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste minced ginger garlic
  • 2 green chilies slit
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • water as needed
  • salt as needed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro leaves

Instructions

  • Pick, rinse and soak sabut urad dal or whole black gram in plenty of water overnight. Puree 3 large tomatoes with cashews if using.
    Pureeing tomatoes for making maa ki dal recipe
  • To make maa di dal heat 3 tablespoons oil or ghee in a pressure cooker base.
  • Once the oil is hot temper with cumin leaves and a bay leaf.
  • Add sliced onions and saute till they turn soft.
    Sauteing onions for making maa ki dal recipe
  • Next add minced ginger garlic and slit green chilies. Saute till the raw smell goes off.
    Sauteing ginger garlic for making maa ki dal recipe
  • Add pureed tomatoes and mix. Add all the spice powders and saute till tomatoes release fat from the sides.
    Adding tomato puree to the sauteed onions for making maa ki dal recipe
  • Now add the soaked and drained sabut urad dal. Mix well and add required water and salt. Cover and pressure cook for 30-40 minutes (Around 20-22 whistles)
    Adding soaked and drained sabut urad dal or whole black gram for making maa ki dal recipe
  • Once the pressure settles check if the kali dal is creamy and completely cooked. Simmer for 5-6 minutes to adjust consistency. Add cilantro leaves and mix well. Serve maa di dal hot.
    Making kali dal recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 3servings | Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 123mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1222IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4mg