Mah ki Daal

Mah ki dal is a delicious black lentil curry cooked with spices. Enjoy it with rice or roti.


  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • Chopped tomatoes for garnish
  • Chopped onions for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon butter for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or yoghurt (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard oil
  • 3 – 4 ripe tomatoes
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 1/2 cups whole black gram dal with skin on (urad dal), soaked overnight
  • 1/2 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1 bunch fresh green coriander
  • 2 green chillies, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cm piece ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, peeled and chopped


  1. Along with oil, saute onion, chilli, garlic and ginger in a pan until the onion is just browning. Grind to a paste with half of the green coriander.
  2. Add chilli powder, cumin, coriander powder, salt, turmeric, Tomato puree and water.
  3. Add urad dal and pressure cook.
  4. Add garam masala, remaining green coriander and the cream if using.
  5. Garnish with butter, chopped onions and tomatoes.
  6. Serve Mah ki daal with rice, an onion salad and yoghurt.

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