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

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 amritsari with the recipe adapted from jigg’s kalra book – “prashad cooking with indian masters” .

amritsari dal, 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 dal amritsari 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.

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.

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dal amritsari

Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:4 hours
Cook Time:45 minutes
Total Time:4 hours 45 minutes
Course:main course
Cuisine:indian,punjabi
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
5 from 2 votes
amritsari dal recipe, langarwali dal recipe
langarwali dal recipe - simple punjabi dal made with whole black gram and chana dal.

INGREDIENTS FOR dal amritsari

(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 dal amritsari

cooking dal

  • rinse and soak the lentils in enough water overnight or for 4 to 5 hours.
  • drain the soaked lentils. in a pressure cooker, add lentils, water and 1.5 tbsp each of chopped ginger and garlic.
  • pressure cook till the lentils are cooked and soft. 
  • with a back of a wooden spoon, mash some of the lentils.

making amritsari dal

  • heat oil or butter in a small pan. add the chopped onions. saute till light brown.
  • then add the remaining ½ tablespoon of the chopped ginger and garlic, along with the chopped chilies. stir and mix well.
  • saute till the onion becomes golden.
  • add the tomatoes and saute till the oil starts to leave the sides of the mixture.
  • pour this mixture along with the oil in a the cooked lentils.
  • stir and add salt as required. simmer for 4 to 5 minutes or more till the amritsari dal thickens.
  • while simmering if the dal amritsari looks more thick, then you can stir in some water and continue to simmer.
  • once done, then garnished dal amritsari with 6 to 7 whole or chopped mint leaves. 
  • top the dal with some butter. serve dal amritsari garnished with mint leaves and topped with some butter.
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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 tablespoons of chopped ginger and 1.5 tablespoons 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 dal amritsari warm with rotis, naan or tandoori roti or plain paratha or butter naan or steamed rice or jeera rice.

amritsari dal recipe, langarwali dal recipe


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namaste and welcome to vegrecipesofindia.com which i started in feb 2009 and is a pure vegetarian blog. i have been passionate about cooking from childhood and began to cook from the age of 10. later having enrolled in a home science degree greatly enhanced my cooking & baking skills and took it to a different level which i now share as foolproof recipes. i was formally trained both in mainstream indian as well as international cuisines.

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32 comments/reviews

  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?

  2. Wow! Langar wali Dal! I agree with Your point that the Dals are such a staple in the North Indian cuisine. And surprisingly, every day the husbands need a new variety in the Dals too. And here I am with this recipe in my hands. I’m definitely going to try this. Hope it turns out to be as good as the ones served in Langar. Will cook while playing shabad in the background. ?

  3. Hi Dassana, this dish is simple yet tasty but i wanted to know “what is chiffonade called in Hindi and Telugu??”.

  4. Hey Dassana
    First I love ur name and u have an awesome website. I have cooked so many items from here now i dont know on which one to leave a comment!
    Thank u so much for making cooking so easy!
    PS: i am a girl with a boy’s name 😛5 stars

    • when you add dal to the cooker. that time also add the ginger-garlic. just add half or three fourth from the 2 tbsp of each mentioned. then add remaining when sauteing.

  5. Are the mesurements for ginger and garlic supposed to be in teaspoons (tsp) or tablespoons (tbsp). I think you might have it incorrect for the amritsari dal recipe. nice website…

  6. Can this be made in a crockpot? If yes, should I still soak the dal overnight or can I let it cook for 4-5 hours in the crockpot itself?

  7. Hey dasanna i have become a regular at vegrecipesofindia and this one recipe is my all time favourite, sp. when the cook is on leave.
    YES 5 chillies is mandatory;)

    • cook the soaked lentils in a deep pot or handi with about 8 to 9 cups of water. first bring to a boil and then simmer on a low flame. while simmering add some of the ginger and garlic and cover and cook the lentils.

  8. I liked this recipe and also often make this dal with my years old family recipe but I have to admit that nothing tastes like the one you get in langaars in gurudwaaras. Same goes for the kadah prasad in gurudwaras. Have tried to replicate the recipe at home many times but cant get even close to it.. Guess it’s the prayers that make the food taste so yummy!

  9. Love all kinds of punjabi dishes and this one is one of my favorites. 5 green chili, wow I think so I ll start with 1 😉 thanks for sharing Dassana.

    • the 5 green chilis when i read the recipe, were even too much for me. but when i made with less number of chilis, the flavors did not come through. so i now i have stuck to adding 5 chilies every time i make this dal. it does taste too bland if one or two chilies are added. at least does not go well with the indian taste buds 🙂