Monday, August 6, 2012

Maa Chole Ki Dal (Yellow Gram & Split Black Lentils Curry)

Maa Chole ki Dal is a curry dish made from combination of two lentils - Chana Dal (yellow Gram) & split black urad dal (black lentils). Its a popular north indian dish & tastes great with Rice/Roti/Indian bread of your choice. 

Enjoy this protein packed lentils curry!!

3/4 cup of chana dal (yellow gram)
1/2 cup of split black urad dal (black lentils)
1-2 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
1 tsp cumin seeds (zeera)
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
1 tsp green chili paste
1/2 tsp kasoori methi
1 tbsp oil
salt to taste

1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
1 tsp red chili powder
1 tsp dry mango powder (amchur)
1/2 tbsp of coriander powder
1/4 tsp garam masala


  • Soak the Chana Dal & split black urad dal for 30 mins, drain & cook in pressure cooker with 4 cups of water,salt & black cardamom till about done. (I usually give 4-5 whistles). 
  • Allow the steam to go away completely before opening the pressure cooker lid. 
  • Tip: you can also cook this dal in open vessel, just that with pressure cooker its quick. 

  • In a vessel, heat some oil & once hot add the cumin seeds. When they splutter add the garlic paste & saute for a minute till the raw garlic smell disappears. 
  • Then add the onions & saute till they turn translucent. 
  • Add the ginger & green chili paste & saute for a minute.
  • Now add the tomatoes,salt & cook covered till the tomatoes turn soft. (Be careful when you add salt as you have added salt while cooking dal)
  • Add all the ingredients listed under masala & mix well. Saute till this onion tomato masala starts oozing oil from the sides. 
  • Add this onion tomato masala in the cooked dal & mix. 
  • Crush some kasoori methi in your palms & add it to this dal for extra flavor. 

That's it out Maa chole ki Dal is ready. Garnish with some coriander & ginger juliennes & serve with rice/roti/chapati or any indian bread of your choice. 
Happy Cooking


  1. Hi Shwetha ,

    Chole dal Curry looka Delicious !!!

    Perfect presentation:)

    Keep on Dear..

  2. yummy and tasty dal..

  3. My hubby's favorite :-) yesterday I made this !!!
    Nice presentation shweta :-)


    Today's Recipe
    Dal Makhani

  4. Interesting combination and would love to eat with jeera rice or rotis!

  5. Wow looking delicious n healthy

  6. Healthy dal curry..
    Thanks for dropping by at my space and following me,glad to follow u too.

  7. Dal dal everywhr :) My latest post is also Dal... looks good, thick, just the way I like it :)

  8. Looks lovely

  9. Delicious chole with two dals Sheweta

  10. i have never tried this combination... good recipe...

  11. excellent recipe....never tried this combo...will try this for sure...

  12. Looks interesting..will try this

  13. Such a nutritious and incredible combo for dal..

  14. Delicious and flavorful dhal..
    Thanks for linking it to the event.

  15. it is very delicious & testy, I prepared it today only

  16. Shwetha just chanced upon your blog; loved your post.
    I liked the sequence in your step-by-step process; do you take the pictures in flash/ at night?/ not in natural light?

    1. Hi Shri, Thank you so much for such wonderful words:) I mostly take pictures without flash & at night. With my work schedule I get very little time during natural light to shoot except weekends. All the pics in this recipe are taken at night.


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