Punjab di jaan – Kaali Dal

Dew drops falling over the glass, Mild sun rays piercing the glass and travelling towards the bed. Beep Beep the alarm rings – its 9 am yet surroundings so quiet, floor so chilled a peaceful Sunday Morning. Kids and husband are wrapped in thick woolen blankets busy enjoying their deep Sunday sleep. A blissful moment, I too felt like going back and join them. Then, all I remembered it’s been long   cooking a cuisine as had been too occupied by work lately.

Kaali Dal

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Therefore, I fought over with my sleep goddess and rushed towards the kitchen. Considering the chilled climate, I decided to cook a North side dish, mostly eaten by Punjabis during winter “kaali dal” a typical Punjabi speciality as well stomach filling. As well had ample time too as my family will be sleeping until lunch.

Material Needed

  • Sabut Urad Daal / Akhi Urad Dal / Whole black gram – 1 1/2 cups
  • Tomatoes in puree form – ½ cup
  • Fresh cream – ¼ cup
  • Ginger Paste – ½ tablespoon
  • Garlic Paste – ½ table spoon
  • Red chilli powder – 1 teaspoon
  • White butter – 2 tablespoon
  • Ghee – 1 teaspoon
  • Sliced Onion – 1
  • Pinch of Asafoetida
  • Green Chili – 1


  • Take the Whole Urad dal – ensure its soaked overnight, drain its water and pour the daal into a thick-based vessel (As you need to stir it for long so a utensil with firm base is must)
  • Add four cups of water and salt to taste, finely chopped green chili, asafoetida, finely sliced onion.
  • Then keep on high flame until there is one good boil to it.
  • After a boil, reduce the flame to medium and cook until the water is reduced and daal becomes tender.
  • Add tomato puree, garlic, ginger and keep stirring the dal on low flame until cooked.
  • Turn off the flame, add the fresh cream to it, and mix well.
  • When serving add white butter and a teaspoon of ghee for taste.
  • My family is very fond of having a complete package meal. So had severed dal with the lachha parhata and mheeti lassi, which refreshed our memories of kesar ka dhabba food during Amritsar trip.


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