From Sudha's Kitchen: Ishita's mom

Our Co-Founder, Ishita says that her mom, Sudha’s Dry Urad Dhuli Dal recipe has always been her favourite dal dish. While Sudha loves to cook it, Ishita loves to eat it with boondi raita and ghee-smeared parantha. She also loves the stuffed paranthas made with this dal.


Dry Urad Dhuli Dal


1 cup of urad dhuli dal

1 onion chopped into small pieces

Garlic paste of 7-8 pieces (I always use fresh garlic.)

1 tsp grated ginger

1 green chilli finely chopped

Chopped green coriander leaves for garnish

3/4 tsp turmeric

A little less than 1/2 tsp of garam masala

A pinch of heeng (asafoetida)

3/4 tsp red chilli powder (1/2 tsp if you like it spicy - remember you are also adding 1 green chilli.)

1/2 tsp of cumin or jeera seeds

2 tbsp of desi ghee

Salt to taste

1 glass (350 ml) water


Wash the dal 3-4 times. Drain all water and set aside

Keeping the flame on medium to high, place a pan or a patila/degchi on the gas stove.

Add 2 tbsp of ghee. Let it get warm.

Add cumin seeds. Wait till they sputter.

Add chopped onions. Stir and cook till golden brown.

Reduce the flame to slow.

Now add grated ginger, garlic paste, finely chopped green chilli and stir lightly.

Add turmeric and salt, stir lightly.

Add washed dal to this and stir fry it slightly.

Now add 1 glass of water.

Also add heeng, red chilli powder and garam masala. Stir to mix everything.

Increase the flame to full and let it come to a boil.

Once it starts to boil, reduce the flame and cover the pan with lid.

Let it cook, but keep stirring in short intervals.

It is very important that the dal should get fully cooked in just this much water.

No extra water is to be added.

If need be, you can place a tawa or a girdle beneath the pan.

Cook till water dries up and your dal is cooked.

A little precision is required here to switch off the gas when the dal is neither overcooked nor uncooked. (If you feel you require a little more water then take a little water in your hand and sprinkle over the cooking dal, mix and cover again till cooked)

Transfer to a microwave-friendly bowl. Microwave it at the time of serving, and garnish it with chopped green coriander leaves.

Serve hot and enjoy with your loved ones!

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