wadi chawal recipe, how to make punjabi wadi chawal recipe

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punjabi wadi chawal - wadis are spiced & sun dried lentil dumplings.
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punjabi wadi chawal recipe – this is a request post. one of my readers requested for recipes made with punjabi wadis.


this is the first post on wadis which will be followed later by lauki wadi (bottle squash cooked with wadis). another dish we make using wadis is mooli wadi sabzi (radish & wadi sauted together).

these are homemade wadis…. wadis are basically spiced & sun dried lentil dumplings. you can either make them at home or buy the ready ones.

these wadis which my mil made, were neither hot nor spicy. the rice is cooked with the wadis and is mildly spiced plus flavorful.

the wadis are a good protein substitute and makes for a good intake of protein in your meals.

punjabi wadi chawal recipe

the punjabi wadi chawal recipe is again easy to make. they can be served with any veg raita or even plain yogurt. i served it with masala vegetable stew.

the recipe can be made with any wadis, even moong dal wadis aka mangoris and also amritsari wadis.

you can also make the same dish with any protein substitutes for the wadis.

  • vegetarian substitutes- paneer, cooked chickpeas
  • vegan substitutes – tofu, tempeh or even good quality soy nuggets.

if you are looking for more rice recipes then do check vegetable pulao,  hyderabadi vegetable biryanimushroom biryani and dum vegetable biryani.

punjabi wadi chawal recipe details below:

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punjabi wadi chawal

punjabi wadi chawal - wadis are spiced & sun dried lentil dumplings.
course main course
cuisine punjabi
prep time 5 minutes
cook time 15 minutes
total time 20 minutes
servings 3 to 4
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 1.5 cups rice
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green chili, chopped (hari mirch)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder)
  • 8-10 wadis
  • 3.5 cups water
  • 2 tablespoon oil or ghee
  • salt as required
  • a few coriander leaves for garnishing (dhania patta)

how to make recipe

  1. heat oil in a pan.
  2. splutter the cumin seeds.
  3. add chopped onion and then fry till golden.
  4. now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw aroma disappears.
  5. add tomatoes and fry them till they become pulpy.
  6. now add all the dry spice powders plus green chilies and saute the whole masala till the oil separates.
  7. add the rice and mix well.
  8. rinse the wadis in water and add it to the rice.
  9. pour water.
  10. add salt and cover the pan.
  11. cook the rice till done.
  12. serve wadi chawal hot garnished with coriander leaves.

recipe notes

  • you can also make the wadi chawal in pressure cooker. in this case just add 3 cups water.
  • the recipe can also be made in ghee instead of oil.

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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. What kind of wadis are these? The Punjabi wadis in the store are much larger (almost the size of a lemon).

    • these are homemade wadis. hence the size is smaller. the store brought ones will be bigger in size.

      • Thank you for the quick response. I will try with the store-bought ones.

        • welcome joy

  2. Wadi chawal looks super yum dassana…

  3. Hi Dassana, Thanks so much for posting this recipe! Now looking forward to the lauki wadi recipe whenever you post that. Happy Ganpati:)

    • wish you joyita happy ganesh chaturthi too 🙂