Maa Ki Dal

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Sep. 04, 2019

Maa ki dal, flavoured with tangy tomatoes, curds and cream-its a rich feeling you can enjoy once in a while. Ensure that the beans and dal are soaked well overnight.
Traditionally this dal is simmered all night long to get the unique flavour however this jiffy version is equally tasty!
This dal tastes best with Parathas or Butter Naan or jeera rice.


Whole urad 3/4 Cup (12 tbs) (soaked overnight and drained)
Rajma 2 Tablespoon (soaked overnight and drained)
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Butter 2 Tablespoon
Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon (jeera)
Cinnamon stick 1 Small (dalchini)
Cloves 2 (laung / lavang)
Cardamoms 3 (elaichi)
Green chillies 2 , slitted
Finely chopped onions 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)
Ginger garlic paste 1/2 Teaspoon (adrak
Chilli powder 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric powder 1/4 Teaspoon (haldi)
Fresh tomato pulp 1 1/2 Cup (24 tbs)
Garam masala 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt To Taste
Fresh cream 1/2 Cup (8 tbs)



1. Heat the oil and butter in a pressure cooker and add the cumin seeds.

2. When the seeds crackle, add the cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, green chillies, onions and ginger-garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 2 minutes.

3. Add the chilli powder, turmeric powder and tomato pulp, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

4. Add the garam masala, urad, rajma, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and pressure cook on high flame for 6 whistles.

5. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.

6. Add the fresh cream, mix well and mash it lightly.

7. Cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.


8. Serve hot with parathas or butter naan or jeera rice.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 35 Minutes
Ready In: 35 Minutes
Servings: 5