Sin-A-Mon Tales

A chronicle of my kitchen experiments, a little healthy a little indulgent

Punjabi Dhabe Walli Dal

I love all dals… I remember growing up to eating a different dal everyday of the week, there is moong, channa, urad, masoor, arhar (toor), moth and so many more… I also remember never remembering their names and telling mum by color and shape as to what dal we want to eat today. And among that is one dal which stands out as a favourite for me… most favourite and its the Punjabi dhabe walli dal. So the other day when I was tweeting my lunch menu and it was a part of it, I got so many requests for its recipe.. So here is it for all my twitter pals


What I used

  • 1 cup channa dal
  • 1/2 cup split black urad
  • 2 medium size onions chopped
  • 2 large tomatoes chopped
  • 2-3 green chillies
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 2 flakes of garlic (optional my mum never used it)
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste
  • fresh coriander leaves for garnishing

How I made it

  • Wash and boil the dals well along with salt and turmeric. The way I boil my dal is pressure cook it. After one whistle lower the flame and cook it for 10 minutes but you can choose to cook it on full too. I think it should be done in 5-6 whistles
  • Wait for the steam to leave the cooker. Till than start preparing the tadka or the seasoning
  • Heat oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds till they turn a little brown
  • Add ginger and garlic and saute for 1-2 minutes
  • Add onions and fry till they turn golden brown in color
  • Add tomatoes and all the dry masalas expect garam masala at this stage. Saute till the tomatoes are done and start leaving a little oil.
  • Add the tadka to the dal and boil for 4-5 minutes, add garam masala and boil for 1/2 minute just to ensure its mixed
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and serve hot. According to me it goes best with tandoori paranthas and bharwan karela…. but is yummy with just about everything


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Also I am sending this to MLLA 31 event started by Susan

18 comments on “Punjabi Dhabe Walli Dal

  1. Swaram
    January 18, 2011

    Looks yum! I luvvv dal in most forms 😉 Must try this soon 🙂

  2. Srivalli
    January 18, 2011

    Mons you can tempt me always with such treats..looks so good..

  3. Anita Menon
    January 18, 2011

    I am going to try this dal for sure! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. veena
    January 18, 2011

    Wow!!love the colour. I love any type of dal. sure to try this out

  5. Gayathri Kumar
    January 18, 2011

    Very inviting dal..

  6. Umm Mymoonah
    January 18, 2011

    Wow! This looks very delicious, a must try recipe

  7. Krithi Karthi
    January 18, 2011

    Wow a delicious recipe with chana dhal..

  8. priya srinivasan
    January 18, 2011

    Very Tempting Monika!!!! I too try to cook different dals for my Kid!!! never used Black urad dal b4!!! Bookmarking this!!!!!

  9. Priya
    January 18, 2011

    Such a comforting dal..soo yummy..

  10. Ekta
    January 19, 2011

    Monika, I am insanely in love with ur blog..!! I am trying out this dal for dinner tonight along with karela fry… will let u know how it turns out…

  11. binpin
    January 19, 2011

    I have never tried black urad.Should try it when the 100 other daals in my pantry get over:D

  12. musical
    January 19, 2011

    Always a delight, isn’t it!

  13. themunchkinblog
    January 21, 2011

    making this right now…thanks for the savory treats recipes…you should do a series on simple every day dals also…i am getting bored of making the same ones everyday.. 😦

  14. Smitha
    February 23, 2011

    Made this todayMon, and it is delicious! Everytime I run out of inspiration, I come here and try one of your dshes – guaranteed perfection 🙂

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