Monday, June 07, 2010

Kali Dal

Kali dal is yet another delicious Punjabi dish, that is wholesome and rich in taste. Whole black urad dal with skin is used for making this dish. Earlier i had posted 'Dal Makhani' recipe, cooked in slow cooker. This dish also can be cooked in a slow cooker to get the creamy texture for the dish. But now this a pressure cooker recipe, which is equally good.


1.5 cup - Whole black urad dal, washed well
5 cups - Water
3 to 4 tbsp - Heavy cream / malai
5 tbsp - Ghee
Salt to taste

Grind to a paste

2'' piece - Ginger
10 to 15 big flakes - Garlic
4 - Green chili


1 tsp - Jeera
2 medium - Onion,chopped
1/2 tsp - Hing powder, Asafoetida
1/2 to 1 tsp - Garam masala powder
1/2 tsp - Red chili powder
1/4 tsp - Turmeric powder
8 medium - Ripe tomatoes, pureed


3 to 4 tbsp - Heavy cream / malai
Some Coriander leaves, finely chopped


1 ) Soak urad dal for an hour or two in enough water. You can also soak overnight and sprout it, which will be more nutritious. Then transfer to a pressure cooker along with ground ginger-garlic-green chili paste, 1 tbsp ghee, salt to taste and 5 cups of water. Pressure cook for 50 minutes. Cool the cooker then take some of the cooked urad dal and grind to a creamy consistency. Pour it back to the cooker.

2 ) For tadka / seasoning - Heat 3 to 4 tbsp of ghee in a pan or kadai, add jeera, let it splutter, then add onion and fry till the onion is well fried to a golden color then add the powders, hing, red chili powder, turmeric and garam masala powder. Let the powders get fried for a few seconds, then add the tomato puree. Stir and cook till the tomato is well cooked on low heat and the oil separates. Pour half the heavy cream and mix in well. Now pour this tadka on top of the cooked urad dal, stir in. Adjust salt to taste. Keep the cooker back on stove, simmer and cook for few minutes.

3 ) Now garnish with some coriander leaves and when serving pour some heavy cream on top and serve hot.

Serve hot with roti or basmati rice.


Sushma Mallya said...

wow dal looks delicious and creamy...i loved the ingredients used in it...

Asha said...

Pressure cooking dals is faster and absolutely delicious. Kali dal looks mouthwatering.
How is the weather there? We had 94F whole weekend, didn't like it. It rained last night, now in the 83F range, thank God!:)

Pravs said...

Sushma : DO try if you like it :)

Asha : Yes,faster and easy.'s raining and humid.

Kairali sisters said...

Hey Pravs..Dal looks yummy and we are sure it tasted as good as it looks :-)

Kairali sisters

Sayantani said...

Thats my favourite and have posted a low cal version of this too. this is the real thing as served in restaurants.Love love love it...looks mouth watering and I need some right now.

Ushnish Ghosh said...

Dear Pravs
Nothing can match your dal makhni recipe.
Every time I make Kali dal some thing or other goes wrong, I mean I dont get the taste which is in my mind. I will try yours word by word, and see what is happening .
have a nice week

I'm a Home Chef !!! said...

wow dal with cream...nice recipe! love those cute chappti roles

Apu said...

Looks delicious!!

BeenaShylesh said...

this is a nice recipe...gud with chappathi,porotta..etc...


Srivalli said...

Yum! dal looks delicious Pravs!

Sukanya Ramkumar said...

Dal looks so good N creamy. Mouthwatering.... YUM!.

ushaprashanth said...

Kali dal is really very simple to make. Looks delicious!