How to make Punjabi Sookhi Urad Dal -

A dry preparation of urad cooked with onions, ginger, green chillies and tomato.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Black gram split (urad dal dhuli) (उड़द दाल धुली),

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Dals and Kadhis

You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Panchkuti Dal Mixed Kali Dal Konkani Varan Sabut Masoor Ki Dal

Punjabi Sookhi Urad Dal

Punjabi Sookhi Urad Dal Recipe Card


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.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 21-25 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Punjabi Sookhi Urad Dal Recipe

  • Black gram split (urad dal dhuli) soaked 1 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Onions finely sliced 4 medium

  • Oil 4 tablespoons

  • Tomato chopped 1 large

  • Ginger 1 1/2 inch piece

  • Green chillies 3

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon


Step 1

Cook urad with salt, turmeric powder and 3 cups water till just done. Roughly chop onions in a chopper.

Step 2

Heat oil in a non stick pan. Chop tomato roughly. Add onions to the pan and saute. Cut ginger into thin strips and finely chop green chillies.

Step 3

When onions are lightly coloured, add ginger and continue to saute. Add green chilllies and saute.Add tomato, red chilli powder and salt and mix well and saute on high heat.

Step 4

Drain urad and add and mix well. Add garam masala power and mix. Serve hot.

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