amritsari dal recipe | langarwali dal recipe | how to make amritsari dal

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amritsari dal recipe - simple punjabi dal made with whole black gram and chana dal.
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amritsari dal recipe or langarwali dal recipe with step by step photos – this dal is called as amritsari dal as its quite a popular dal made and served by a dhaba (roadside eatery) outside the golden temple in amritsar, punjab. for the first time i had made the dal with the recipe adapted from jigg’s kalra book – “prashad cooking with indian masters” .

amritsari dal or langarwali dal

i have stuck to this recipe for many years now. i have almost followed the recipe to the tee, apart from using a little bit of red chili powder and a little more oil.

the amritsari dal is made from two lentils – whole black gram (sabut urad dal) and spilt bengal gram (chana dal). there are no spice powders or spices added to the dal. a dal bursting with simple rustic flavors and subtle sweetness. the next day the dal tastes even more better like the way dal makhani tastes. this dal does have a faint resemblance to dal makhani though.

this amritsari dal is also called as langarwali dal. its a slow cooked delicacy. since i do not have the luxury of time to do slow cooking,  i use pressure cooker for cooking the lentils. however, traditionally the lentils are cooked and simmered in a pot. for best results, the lentils should be ideally cooked in a pot. so if you have the time and the patience to cook this slow cooked wonder in a pot, then please do so. another slow cooked dal which is quite popular is this dal bukhara recipe. you can also have a look at these two recipes from amritsar – amritsari chole and amritsari paneer tikka.

the amritsari dal is made with oil, but when traditionally served, a dollop of butter is added on top and garnished with mint leaves. you can have the dal with rotis, naan or rice.

if you are looking for more punjabi recipes then do check matar paneerpaneer butter masala, aloo paratha and bhindi masala.

amritsari dal recipe below:

amritsari dal recipe, langarwali dal recipe
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amritsari dal recipe | langarwali dal recipe

amritsari dal recipe - simple punjabi dal made with whole black gram and chana dal.
course main course
cuisine indian, punjabi
prep time 4 hours
cook time 45 minutes
total time 4 hours 45 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

for cooking the lentils

  • 1 cup whole black gram (sabut urad dal)
  • ¼ cup spilt bengal gram (chana dal)
  • 4 to 4.5 cups water for pressure cooking the dals

for tempering amritsari dal

  • 5 green chilies or as required (reduce the number of chilies if you want)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped, approx 3 tablespoon chopped onions
  • 1 small tomato, chopped, approx ¼ cup chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped ginger (adrak)
  • 2 tablespoon finely chopped garlic (lahsun)
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) - optional
  • 2.5 to 3 tablespoon butter or peanut oil or any vegetable oil
  • 6 to 7 mint leaves, chopped or whole or chiffonade for garnishing
  • salt as required

how to make recipe

cooking dal

  1. rinse and soak the lentils in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours.

  2. drain the soaked lentils. in a pressure cooker, add lentils, water and 1.5 tbsp each of chopped ginger and garlic.
  3. pressure cook till the lentils are cooked and soft. 

  4. with a back of a wooden spoon, mash some of the lentils.

making amritsari dal

  1. heat oil or butter in a small pan. add the chopped onions. saute till light brown.
  2. then add the remaining ½ tablespoon of the chopped ginger and garlic, along with the chopped chilies. stir and mix well.

  3. saute till the onion becomes golden.
  4. add the tomatoes and saute till the oil starts to leave the sides of the mixture.
  5. pour this mixture along with the oil in a the cooked lentils.
  6. stir and add salt as required. simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or more till the amritsari dal thickens.

  7. while simmering if the dal looks more thick, than you can stir in some water and continue to simmer.
  8. serve amritsari dal garnished with mint leaves and topped with some butter.

how to make amritsari dal recipe:

preparing the lentils:

1. rinse 1 cup of whole black gram (urad dal) couple of times in water.

amritsari dal recipe

2. soak them in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours.

amritsari dal recipe

3. similarly rinse  bengal gram (chana dal) couple of times in water and soak them in enough water for 4 to 5 hours, you can soak both the lentils together or soak separately. i have soaked them separately to show each lentils texture in the photo.

amritsari dal recipe

4. drain the soaked lentils. in a pressure cooker add both the soaked dals.

amritsari dal recipe

5. next add 1.5 tablespoon of chopped ginger and 1.5 tablespoon of chopped garlic.

amritsari dal recipe

6. pour 4 to 4.5 cups of water or as required.

amritsari dal recipe

7. pressure cook till the lentils are cooked and soft.

amritsari dal recipe

8. then with a back of a wooden spoon, mash some of the lentils.

amritsari dal recipe

making tempering for amritsari dal:

9. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for the tempering of amritsrai dal.

amritsari dal recipe

10. heat 2.5 to 3 tablespoon oil or butter in a small pan. i have used butter but you can use oil as well.

amritsari dal recipe

11. add 1 small sized finely chopped onion.

amritsari dal recipe

12. saute till it begins to light brown.

amritsari dal recipe

13. then add the remaining ¼ tablespoon of chopped ginger and ¼ tablespoon of chopped garlic.

amritsari dal recipe

14. also add 5 chopped green chilies (hari mirch) or add as required.

amritsari dal recipe

15. stir and mix well.

amritsari dal recipe

16. saute till the onion becomes golden.

amritsari dal recipe

17. add 1 small sized chopped tomato.

amritsari dal recipe

18. mix well.

amritsari dal recipe

19. add ¼ teaspoon red chili powder now if using. addition of red chili powder is optional.

amritsari dal recipe

20. stir well and saute till the tomatoes softens and oil starts to leave the sides of the mixture.

amritsari dal recipe

21. pour this tempering mixture along with the oil in the cooked lentils.

amritsari dal recipe

22. stir well.

amritsari dal recipe

23. add salt as required and mix well.

amritsari dal recipe

24. simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or more till the amritsari dal thickens.

amritsari dal recipe

25. while simmering if the dal looks more thick, then you can add some water.

amritsari dal recipe

26. continue to simmer. the amritsari dal will thicken more once it cools down.

amritsari dal recipe

27. garnished amritsari dal with 6 to 7 whole or chopped mint leaves.

amritsari dal recipe

28. top the dal with some butter.

amritsari dal recipe

29. serve amritsari dal warm with rotis, naan or tandoori roti or khasta roti or plain paratha or garlic naan or butter naan or cheese garlic naan or steamed rice or jeera rice.

amritsari dal recipe, langarwali dal recipe

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i started vegrecipesofindia.com in feb 2009. it is a pure vegetarian blog and shares recipes with step by step photos that will help you to make delicious and tasty vegetarian food easily.

i am passionate about cooking from childhood and learnt cooking from my elders. having a home science degree surely enhanced my cooking & baking skills which i now share as fool proof recipes on the blog. i am trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.


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  1. Hey! I wanted to ask something if I don’t have much time to soak the lentils or just have 1/2hr so will that still b okay to cook?

    • soak in hot water for at least 1 to 2 hours.