Punjabi Sukha Urad Dal Recipe - Allrecipes.com
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Punjabi Sukha Urad Dal

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"This is a very comforting dal for a cold day. Urad dal is stickier and heavier than other dals, so this is a thick-style dal. Serve with fresh phulkas with some chopped onion, tomato, and cucumber (kheera) salad on the side for crunch."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    45 mins

    55 mins


  1. Place the lentils into a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak 4 hours to overnight. Drain and rinse.
  2. Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat; cook the onion, green chile peppers, garlic, and ginger in the hot oil until the onions are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir the lentils into the onion mixture with 1 cup water; season with salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer until the lentils are tender, about 30 minutes. Stir the tomato, garam masala, and turmeric into the mixture. Cook until the lentils are cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Garnish with the cilantro to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 24, 2010

This was absolutely delicious! Even my picky eaters loved it. My only change was to use two hungarian green peppers (less hot than other peppers) because my girls don't like it too spicy. I also made my own Garam Masala blend (2 teaspoon ginger, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 2 teaspoon black pepper, 3 teaspoon ground cumin, 3 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground cloves). Mix those well and use amount called for in recipe.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 26, 2011

Good...but nothing special. Darn.


11 Ratings

Nov 04, 2009

This dal tastes better if you add 2tbsps of curd and 1 tbsp of cream to it.serve it with plain paratha or simple pea pulav. chhaya[cstopre]

Feb 16, 2010

We enjoyed this. I also tried it with the 2 tbsp curd (yogurt in my case) and 1 tbsp cream suggested by the other reviewer and they added a nice creaminess to the lentils.

Jan 31, 2011

DELICIOUS. I used red lentils (all I had) and about 3 cups water. I doubled the spices and added 1 bullion cube. Will definitely be making again.

Dec 16, 2010

This was very good and flavorful, though I found 4 chilies were hot enough for us. So next time I will use 2 or 3 chilies instead. Thanks for your wonderful Indian dishes, Susmita.

Nov 24, 2014

Great, healthy recipe. The whole family liked it. I used 1/2 tsp. salt and might use a little bit more next time. I served it with brown basmati as I didn't have any of the breads on hand.

Mar 19, 2014

All the grown ups at the table loved it. I ate it with some sour cream on the side, but it didn't need it. Very good comfort food indeed!


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  • Calories
  • 277 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 39.8 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 7.9 g
  • 12%
  • Fiber
  • 2.1 g
  • 8%
  • Protein
  • 13.8 g
  • 28%
  • Sodium
  • 31 mg
  • 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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