How to make Lucknowi Dal -

In Lucknow they cook their dals with milk which gives it a special shahi taste.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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

Main Ingredients : Split Pigeon Pea, Milk (दूध)

Cuisine : Uttar Pradesh

Course : Dals and Kadhis

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Lucknowi  Dal

Lucknowi Dal Recipe Card


The cuisine of Uttar Pradesh is synonymous with a wide variety as every city in this state offers a different but equally sumptuous cuisine for the gourmet. Most families in Uttar Pradesh eat vegetarian food, although meat delicacies cooked in the Awadh style are world famous. Average cuisines in Uttar Pradesh revolve around the simple, vegetable curries of all kinds. But there is a predominance of fried foods which are a must especially during festivals and special occasions. 
The irresistible Mughlai food is reminiscent of the Nawabi and the Mughal glory. The world renowned Dum Pukht (means ‘to breathe and to cook’) cuisine owes its excellence to the fact that the food, sealed in a dish and slow-cooked in its own juices, retains its entire natural aromas and flavours. Lucknow is famous for its biryanis and different meat preparations. A very interesting aspect of Awadh cuisine is the inspiration it draws from a myriad sources - seasons and celebrations, flora and fauna, personalities, poetry and colour.

Prep Time : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Lucknowi Dal Recipe

  • Split Pigeon Pea soaked 1 cup

  • Milk to taste

  • Turmeric powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Green chillies slit 2

  • Fresh coriander leaves a few sprigs

  • Dried red chillies 4

  • Ghee 2 tablespoons

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Milk 1 cup


Step 1

Drain and put dal in a pressure cooker, add 2 cups water, salt, turmeric powder, green chillies and cook till 2 whistles are given out. Open the lid when the pressure reduces completely.

Step 2

Chop coriander leaves. Chop red chillies and remove seeds. Heat ghee in a non stick pan, add cumin seeds, asafoetida and red chillies and saute till fragrant.

Step 3

Add milk to dal and mix well. Add the tempering to the dal and mix well.

Step 4

Add coriander leaves and mix well. Serve hot.

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