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dry urad dal recipe

sukhi urad dal recipe - homely and delicious punjabi recipe of dry urad dal which makes for an excellent protein rich dish with rotis or phulkas.

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sukhi urad dal recipe with step by step photos – homely and delicious punjabi recipe of dry urad dal which makes for an excellent protein rich dish with rotis or phulkas.

dry urad dal recipe

in north indian cuisine, there are some dry dishes made with lentils and legumes. most of these dry lentil dishes are made without adding onion and garlic. there are many variations and lentils-legumes like urad dal, rajma (kidney beans), chana (white and black chickpeas), chana dal, lobia (black eyed beans) are used.

i am sharing my mom-in-laws recipe to make this dry urad dal. we usually have this sukhi urad dal with chapatis and accompany lemon and a few slices of onion with it. even though onion and garlic is not added in the dish, we do pair it with onion slices while serving. though you can skip onion while serving.

sukhi urad dal can be served as a side dish with rotis. you can even pack dry urad dal in tiffin box.

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dry urad dal recipe

sukhi urad dal recipe - homely and delicious punjabi recipe of dry urad dal which makes for an excellent protein rich dish with rotis or phulkas.
course side dish
cuisine north indian, punjabi
prep time 4 hours
cook time 10 minutes
total time 4 hours 10 minutes
author dassana amit

ingredients (1 cup = 250 ml)

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 pinch of asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 cup urad dal (husked and split black gram)
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
  • 1 or 2 green chilies (hari mirch)
  • teaspoon red chili powder (lal mirch powder) or 2 to 3 pinches
  • ¼ cup water
  • salt as required
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder
  • some chopped coriander leaves,

how to make dry urad dal recipe

soaking urad dal:

  1. rinse 1 cup urad dal a few times in water. then soak urad dal in enough water for 4 hours. soaking urad dal is very important in this recipe. otherwise while cooking the urad dal if not soaked, can get mushy and pasty.

  2. after 4 hours, drain all the water. rinse the urad dal very well in fresh water. drain and keep the urad dal aside.

making sukhi urad dal:

  1. heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 2 litre pressure cooker. keep the flame to a low and then add 1 pinch of asafoetida. mix well. do make sure that the asafoetida does not get burnt.

  2. next add the urad dal. mix well.

  3. now add ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 or 2 green chilies (chopped or slit) and ⅛ teaspoon red chili powder. 

  4. mix again very well. season with salt.

  5. add ¼ cup water. mix again.

  6. pressure cook the urad dal on a low to medium-low flame or sim for about 7 minutes or 2 whistles.

  7. once the pressure settles down, open the lid and check the urad dal. the urad dal should be cooked well and yet separate. if the urad dal is not cooked, then add some more water and pressure cook for 1 whistle more.

  8. add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder. mix again.

  9. serve sukhi urad dal with rotis or phulkas. garnish with some coriander leaves. 

  10. also do squeeze some lemon juice on top while having dry urad dal.

recipe notes

few tips for dry urad dal recipe:
  • soaking is important, so that the urad dal cooks well and remains separate.
  • soaking the urad dal also reduces the cooking time.
  • please use a 2 litre pressure cooker only as a larger size cooker won't work well. 
  • you can add less or more spices and green chilies as per your requirements.

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how to make dry urad dal recipe:

1. rinse 1 cup urad dal a few times in water. then soak urad dal in enough water for 4 hours. soaking urad dal is very important in this recipe. otherwise while cooking the urad dal if not soaked, can get mushy and pasty. soaking the urad dal also reduces the cooking time.

urad dal to make dry urad dal recipe

2. after 4 hours, drain all the water. rinse the urad dal very well in fresh water. drain and keep the urad dal aside.

urad dal to make dry urad dal recipe

3. heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 2 litre pressure cooker. keep the flame to a low and then add 1 pinch of asafoetida. mix well. do make sure that the asafoetida does not get burnt.

making sukhi urad dal recipe

4. next add the urad dal. mix well.

urad dal to make dry urad dal recipe

5. now add ½ tsp turmeric powder, 1 or 2 green chilies (chopped or slit) and ⅛ teaspoon red chili powder. i have added both green chilies and red chili powder, but you can use either green chilies or red chili powder. if using only red chili powder, then you can add ½ teaspoon of it.

making dry urad dal recipe

6. mix again very well.

making dry urad dal recipe

7. season with salt.

making dry urad dal recipe

8. add ¼ cup water.

making dry urad dal recipe

9. mix again.

making sukhi urad dal recipe

10. pressure cook the urad dal on a low to medium-low flame or sim for about 7 minutes or 2 whistles.

making sukhi urad dal recipe

11. once the pressure settles down, open the lid and check the urad dal. the urad dal should be cooked well and yet separate. if the urad dal is not cooked, then add some more water and pressure cook for 1 whistle more.

making sukhi urad dal recipe

12. add ¼ teaspoon garam masala powder. mix again.

sukhi urad dal recipe

serve sukhi urad dal with rotis or phulkas. while serving we usually garnish with chopped coriander leaves, but i did not have coriander leaves. also do squeeze some lemon juice on top while having the dry urad dal.

sukhi urad 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. Hi. I don’t think my comment got posted here 🙁 I wanted to check if I can make this with moong dal instead? Thanks 🙂

    • replied to your query below, deepika.

  2. Hi. I wanted to know if I could make this recipe with moong dal. Really feel like having it but just realised I don’t have urad at home 😕

    • deepika, you can make the same recipe with moong dal too. with moong dal you have to be careful as not to cook it too much.

  3. Now the Print tab is working. Thank you.

    • Welcome DALJIT

  4. Hi Dassana ,

    This is a comment on a recently posted restaurant style mutter paneer with cashews. I tried it and it came out really well, no surprises there.:))What is surprising is I am not able to locate in now. Could you pls send me the link.

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