How to make Maa Chole Di Dal - A favourite of the Punjabis

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Main Ingredients : Split Black Gram, Spli Bengal Gram

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Dals and Kadhis

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Maa Chole Di Dal

Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

For more recipes related to Maa Chole Di Dal checkout Ma Choliyan Di Dal, Ma Chole Di Dal, Amritsari Sookhi Dal, Dal Kababi . You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Tur Dal Amti, Ambat Varan, Dal Gosht, Dal Tadka.

Maa Chole Di Dal Recipe Card

Maa Chole Di Dal

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 6-10 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Maa Chole Di Dal Recipe

  • Split Black Gram 1/2 cup

  • Spli Bengal Gram 1/2 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Ginger chopped 1 inch piece

  • Green chillies chopped 3

  • Pure ghee 2-3 tablespoons

  • Butter 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Onion chopped 1 medium

  • Tomatoes chopped 2 medium

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves chopped 2 tablespoons


Step 1

Mix the two dals, wash and soak in four cups of water for an hour. Drain.

Step 2

Place soaked dals in a pan with four cups of water, salt to taste, turmeric powder, half of the ginger and green chillies.

Step 3

Cover and cook on low heat till the dals are tender. Stir well with a ladle to make a homogeneous mixture of the dals without mashing them.

Step 4

Heat ghee and butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds, remaining green chillies and ginger.

Step 5

Stir and add onion and sauté till onion turns light brown.

Step 6

Add tomatoes and sauté till the tomatoes soften. Add red chilli powder and sauté for half a minute. Add the tempering to the dal and mix.

Step 7

Simmer for a few minutes and serve hot garnished with coriander leaves.

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