Maa ki Dal( Punjabi Recipe)

Maa Ki Dal is popular Punjabi dish; which is made from  black lentil and red kidney beans,chana dal flavored with spices and topped with fresh cream.

Ingredients(3-4 serving)

  • Red kidney beans(rajma) – 2  tbsp
  • Chana dal-2 tbsp
  • Whole black lentil (urad) – 1 cup
  • Tomato – 3 to 4
  • Whole red chill – 3 piece
  • Onion -2  grated
  • Asafoetida/hing – 1 pinch
  • Red chili – 1 tsp
  • Ginger and garlic paste – 2 tsp
  •  Garam masala – 1/2 tsp
  • Fresh cream/butter for garnishing
  • Coriander leaves – 1tsp for garnishing
  • Whole clove – 3
  • Cardamom – 1 to 2
  • Bay leaf – 1 to 2
  • Salt- As per taste
  • Cashew nut powder – 1 tbs optional
  • Cooking oil -1 tbs
  • Coriander leaves -2tsp finely chopped


Step 1 – Wash and soak urad and rajma with sufficient water(5-6 cup water)for 8-10 hours/overnight.

Step 2 –After 10 hours wash urad and rajma in fresh water and put on pressure cooker ,add washed chana dal ,4cup water,salt,and give 5 whistles,and cook low flame 3-4 min,switch off flame and cool it.

Step 3 – Heat nonstick pan add oil. In oil add cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves,whole red chili then add grated onion and fry until it turns brown. Add ginger garlic paste and cook  until rawness goes away. Add all spices red chili powder,  salt. Add tomato and  puree then mix it proper and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until oil float on tomato then add urad-rajma-chana dal with the cooking liquid, mix it and cover it and simmer on low flame for 8 to 10 minutes .

Step 4 -Open lid and add garam masala, cashew nut powder and mix it. Remove from heat and garnish with fresh cream and coriander leaves.Serve hot with rice/roti/naan.


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