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Punjabi Sookhi Urad ki Dal
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Punjabi Sookhi Urad ki Dal

Dry preparation of Urad Dal, form the region of Punjab in India and Pakistan. It is bite-ful in texture and has bold flavors of dal and whole spices. It goes perfectly well with rotis and naans.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian / Punjabi
Servings: 6 -8
Author: Sonal Gupta @ simplyvegetarian777


Ingredients for Dal

  • Urad dhuli split & de husked - 1 cup
  • Ginger / Adrak - 1 small piece julienned

Oils & Spices

  • Ghee - 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds / Jeera - 1/2 tsp
  • Asafetida / Hing - a small pinch
  • Cinnamon stick / dal chini - 1 small piece
  • Cloves/Laung - 2
  • Bay leaf / tej patta - 1
  • Turmeric / Haldi - a small pinch optional
  • Salt - to taste
  • water - 1 cup

Ingredients for Onion Barista

  • Onions - 1 big chopped fine
  • Ghee - 1&1/2 tbsp

Tadka Ingredients

  • Ghee - 1 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Red chili powder - 1/4 tsp or to taste
  • Red chillies dry & whole - 2


  • Take the Urad dal in a bowl and wash it till the water runs clear. Soak it in 1 cup of water for 1 hour.

Preparing Dal

  • This Dal can be prepared either in a pressure cooker or in an open pan.
  • When ready to cook, drain the water out of the soaked dal and set aside.

For Pressure Cooker

  • Take the pressure cooker and heat 2 tsp of ghee in it. Add asafetida, cumin seeds, cinnamon stick, cloves and bay leaf to the hot ghee. Lower the heat to medium.
  • Once the cumin seeds crackle, add ginger and soaked & drained dal to it. Add turmeric and salt to the dal. Stir gently. Add 1 cup water. Stir again. Put the pressure cooker lid on with the weight of the cooker.
  • Cook for 1 whistle and release the pressure/steam of the pan immediately. Open the cooker carefully. If there is more water in the dal, cook the dal on medium high heat till water evaporates. Handle the dal very gently, without breaking the dal.
  • We want khilwa (separated) texture.

Preparing Onion Barista

  • Heat 1&1/2 tbsp ghee in a heavy bottom pan. Add the finely chopped onions to it and fry on medium heat, till they are golden and crisp. Set aside.

Prepapring Tadka

  • Heat ghee in a small pan and add cumin seeds to it. Once the seeds crackle, add dry whole red chili and chili powder to it. Turn off the heat.

Serving Punjabi Sookhi Urad ki Dal

  • Take the serving bowl and fill it up with the cooked Sookhi Urad ki dal. Handle it gently so that the grains are not broken. Now top it with the Onion Barista. Mix it with the dal lightly. Now pour the hot Ghee ka Tadka/Tempering on the top.
  • Serve it hot with fresh and hot rotis and paranthas of your choice.