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Maa Ki Dal Recipe, Kaali Dal, Slow cooked Black Urad Dal Recipe

Punjabi Maa Ki Dal / Kaali Dal Recipe. Easy recipe for creamy slow cooked Black Urad dal. Recipe made in a pressure cooker.

  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x


  • Measurements Used – 1 cup = 250 ml, 1 teaspoon = 5 ml
  • 1/2 cup Urad Dal
  • 2 Onions, chopped
  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 1 inch piece of ginger
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 4 sprigs coriander leaves, chopped fine


  1. Soak half a cup of black urad for 5-6 hours or preferably over nite.
  2. We will be using a 3 liter pressure cooker for this recipe. If using a bigger cooker try adding half a cup of more water at the end to avoid burning the ingredients during cooking.
  3. Layer chopped onions in the cooker.
  4. Run the tomatoes and the ginger in a mixie / blender and add it to the pressure cooker.
  5. Add in the soaked and drained urad dal.
  6. Add in one and a half cups of water. Add in the salt, turmeric, red chilli powder and asafoetida.
  7. Cover the lid and place the weight on the cooker and cook for 30 minutes on a low flame.
  8. After 30 minutes are over, remove from heat and wait for the pressure from the cooker to release naturally.
  9. Open the cooker and add in the coriander leaves and mix well.
  10. Serve hot with chapati.


If using a 3 liter pressure cooker, add 1 1/2 cups of water
If using a bigger cooker, add half a cup of water more to avoid burning at the bottom.

  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Side Dish
  • Cuisine: Punjabi
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