Friday, July 11, 2014

Punjabi Maa Choley Ki Daal / Lungar Wali Daal

Mildly spiced and creamy daal made with bengal gram and white lentils-specialty from Punjab

Maa ki daal is the most popular daal from the state of Punjab.Its quite heavy due to the addition of lots of butter and cream so this daal cant be made on daily basis. Maa /maah / kaali dal is made with whole white lentil /sabut urad daal .Ginger and asafoetida is added to make it easy to digest.I have also posted the recipe of making delicious- Maa ki daal/Daal Makhani

This maa choley di daal is made with split urad daal /urad daal chilka and chana daal. This is a mildly spiced daal with minimum spice and little ghee or butter,so its not as heavy as maa ki daal. You can easily make it on a regular basis, in fact in Punjab its a regular in every kitchen.

Maa choley di daal is also popular by the name langar wali daal as it is regularly served in the lungars of all Gurudwars .

You can adjust the spice level and thickness of this daal according to the consistency of your preference. If you want to serve with rice make it slightly thin and if you want to serve along with naan,roti or kulcha then make it slightly thick,tastes great both ways.

You need not to soak it overnight like the whole urad ,1/2 or 1 hours are enough to soak it so no  need of pre planning to make this simple,mild but flavorful daal .Make sure you dont over cook it otherwise it may become like a paste while simmering

lungar wali daal

Prep time-10 min
Cooking time-25 min
Cuisine-North Indian,Punjabi
Difficulty level -medium
Type- main
Serve -4
  • Split white lentil /Urad daal chilka - 3/ 4 cup
  • Bengal gram /chana daal- 3/4 cup
  • Tomato,chopped- 1.5 cup
  • Green chili, chopped- 1tsp
  • Ginger, chopped- 2 tsp
  • Butter - 1.5 tbsp
  • Ghee - 2.5 tbsp
  • Cumin /jeera-1 tsp
  • Asafoetida /hing - 1/4 tsp
  • Bay leaf /tej patta -1
  • Ginger, grated-1/2 tsp
  • Chili powder- 1tsp
  • Kasoori methi /dried fenugreek leaves - 1.5 tsp
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Turmeric/haldi  -1/2 tsp
  • Salt /namak - to taste

  1. Wash and soak both lentils together in enough water  for 1 hour.
  2. After one hour slightly rub and then drain the water in which it is soaked.
  3. Add the lentils in a pressure cooker and add grated ginger,chili, turmeric and 2 cups of water.
  4. Pressure cook on medium heat for 2 whistles or till daal get cooked (dont overcook)
  5. In a heavy bottom pan add ghee when become slightly hot then add cumin,hing and bay leaves
  6. Now add chopped tomato,chopped ginger and salt and cook till tomato become soft.
  7. Then add chili powder, turmeric and coriander powder and keep stirring till oil starts seperating.
  8. Add cooked dal, 2 cups of water,kasoori methi and garam masala
  9. Simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Add butter,fresh chopped coriander and serve hot.
Serving suggestions-Can serve with roti,kulcha, steamed rice or jeera rice


Rumana Ambrin said...

Nice and healthy dal...

Shobha Kamath said...

Very flavourful and healthy dal.

Priya Suresh said...

Such a comforting food, can survive many days with it.

krishna said...

nice recipe.. will try it..

traditionallymodernfood said...

Healthy gravy

Unknown said...


You have very nice recipes here. This one really looks very nice. Nice pics. Can you tell me if you use standard US cup measurements ? I have the std cup measures like 1 cup, 1/3 cup, 1/4 for this one should I measure 1/4 cup thrice to make 3/4 cup ? I'm not sure. Please let me know.


Anjana Chaturvedi said...

unknown @ yes you can use 1/4 cup 3 times to make 3/4 cup