punjabi wadi chawal

Punjabi wadi chawal recipe – this is a request post. One of my readers requested for recipes made with Punjabi wadi.

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).

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wadi rice

These are Homemade wadis…. Wadi 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 Wadi are a good protein substitute and makes for a good intake of protein in your meals.

Punjabi wadi chawal recipe

The Punjabi wadi chawal 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.

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wadi chawal

4.75 from 4 votes
A delicious rice dish made with wadi which is spiced & sun-dried lentil dumplings.
wadi chawal
Author:Dassana Amit
Prep Time:5 mins
Cook Time:15 mins
Total Time:20 mins
Course:main course
Servings (change the number to scale):3 to 4
(1 CUP = 250 ML)


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


  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Splutter the cumin seeds.
  • Add chopped onion and then fry till golden.
  • Now add ginger-garlic paste and fry till the raw aroma disappears.
  • Add tomatoes and fry them till they become pulpy.
  • Now add all the dry spice powders plus green chilies and saute the whole masala till the oil separates.
  • Add the rice and mix well.
  • Rinse the wadis in water and add it to the rice. pour water.
  • Add salt and cover the pan. cook the rice till done.
  • Serve wadi chawal hot garnished with coriander leaves.


  • 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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Dassana Amit

Dassana Amitnamaste 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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21 comments/reviews

  1. Hello Dassana ,I am not a good cook, since I started using your North Indian recipes my family loves my food, thanks dear5 stars

  2. They were too yummy , my family loved it5 stars

  3. What kind of wadis are these? The Punjabi wadis in the store are much larger (almost the size of a lemon).4 stars

    • 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.5 stars

        • welcome joy

  4. Wadi chawal looks super yum dassana…

  5. 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 🙂

  6. i love wadis.. though i have tried only the moong wadis… and i love that .. i hope i will get some here.. looks yummy

  7. We make punjabi wadi a lot but usually as a curry. I am liking it with chawal more. Plus it sounds more easy.

  8. I’ve never had wadi’s before.. This does look delicious, no doubt 🙂

  9. This is the first time i am hearing about this wadis…wish I can get it here to give it a try…as always your pics are WOW!.

  10. My mom used to cook wari chawal. I loved this dish but never tried to cook it in my kitchen .now I will surely make it.I am sure my kids will love it too.

    • this a simple yet nutritious dish anjali and is delicious too. do give your feedback when you make the wadi chawal at home.

  11. This sounds new to me…looks delicious

  12. hey Dassana..i also make this kind of pulav but with rajasthani gatte..they also tastes very nice..i will try wadi pulav m sure they too taste good..

  13. We make these regularly at home Dassana and add chopped potatoes and sliced onions to it, need to try it with ginger garlic paste next time, loved the nice yellow color in the dish.

  14. This is such a delicious post. Never thought we could cook the wadis with chawal:)

  15. This is the second recipe I find with wadi. Never eaten them. Here they look like soya chunks. Will look around to see if they are available at a store. Not the season to attempt making them now.

    • they taste very good. you should be able to get these punjabi wadis in a super store.