How to make Maa Cholian Di Dal -

A delicious mix of urad and chana dal this punjabi preperation tastes great with rotis and rice alike.

Sanjeev Kapoor

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Main Ingredients : Split black gram flour (urad dal ka atta) (उड़द दाल का आटा), Split Bengal gram (chana dal) (चने की दाल)

Cuisine : Punjabi

Course : Dals and Kadhis

Maa Cholian Di Dal

Maa Cholian Di Dal Recipe Card


Punjabi food is wholesome and full of rustic flavour. The custom of cooking in community ovens or tandoors prevails in rural pockets even today. The cuisine is characterised by a profusion of dairy products in the form of malai, paneer and dahi. The dals are a speciality of this type of cuisine, made of whole pulses like black gram, green gram and Bengal gram.  They are cooked on slow fire, often simmered for hours till they turn creamy and then flavoured with spices and rounded off with malai for that rich finish. The food is simply delicious.
The most unique thing about cooking in a tandoor is the smoky flavour that the food gets making it tastier. Moreover it is a healthy way of cooking since minimum fat is required and the food generally gets cooked in its own juices thus retaining its natural flavours. Besides it is not only easy to digest, it is also very hygienic.  In conclusion one can safely say that it is through tandoori cooking that Indian cuisine first got globally acknowledged.

Prep Time : 1-2days

Cook time : 41-50 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Easy

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Maa Cholian Di Dal Recipe

  • Split black gram flour (urad dal ka atta) soaked overnight 2/3 cup

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked overnight 1/3 cup

  • Salt to taste

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Pure clarified butter (desi ghee) 2 tablespo

  • Asafoetida a pinch

  • Garlic chopped 1 tablespoon

  • Ginger chopped 1 1/2 inches

  • Green chillies 2

  • Onion chopped 1 large

  • Tomato chopped 1 large

  • Kashmiri red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Fresh coriander leaves Chopped for garnishing


Step 1

Place the split black gram and Bengal gram with 4-5 cups water, salt and turmeric powder in a pressure cooker. Pressure cook on low heat till 5 whistles. Cool the dal and grind half of it into a paste.

Step 2

Heat 2 tablespoons ghee in a non-stick pan. Add asafoetida, garlic and ginger and sauté till garlic is golden.

Step 3

Chop green chillies and add. Sauté well. Add onion and sauté for 2 minutes or till it is translucent.

Step 4

Add tomato, mix well and sauté for 3-4 minutes. Add red chilli powder, a pinch turmeric powder and garam masala powder, mix and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

Step 5

Stir in the cooked dal and ground dal paste. Adjust salt, mix well, cover and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 6

Add 1 teaspoon ghee, garnish with chopped coriander and serve hot.

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