Mughlai Dal Kabila | Urad Dal Tadka



After the Muringakaya Parippu Curry, here’s the second recipe under “Dazzling Dals” for the Blogging Marathon #88. I don’t have a single recipe on the blog which features urad dal as its main ingredient, so I am glad finally it is being featured!


For us, urad dal is for idli batters. Period… I never knew it was used in curries till I was wondering what to have for lunch one day in the office, and our Pakistani office boy mentioned, “Aapi, mash ki daal order karoo?” (Can I order “Mash Ki Dal”?) I had no clue what it was, but since it was “daal”, I told him OK. When he got it with a roti, I was shocked to find urad dal. Mash Ki Dal is what it is called in Urdu. I was like, “Esse curry bhi banaathe hai?” (Oh, we make curry of this?), he gave me a surprised expression. 😀 That is when I learned that I could use urad dal to make curries, hehe… But the chance never came till this BM was declared, and I picked this curry up from my saved recipes.


This recipe was shared by a very talented aunt I am friends with on FB. Her name is Uma Nardas and she is a repository of North Indian recipes. She posts most of the days and her recipes are so tempting. This Dal Kabila clicked me immediately because it was urad dal. A little search tells me that this curry is a Mughlai special. I would like to dig into the Mughlai dal repertoire, I am sure to come across some delicious varieties. I stuck to her recipe very much and was rewarded by a lip-smacking curry that everyone, especially HD enjoyed. We had it with store-bought naan, but the remaining was had like soup by HD. 😀 Off to the recipe…





4.89 from 9 votes

Mughlai Dal Kabila

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 cup urad dal
  • 1/2 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • A fat pinch of hing
  • 1 Kashmiri dried chilli
  • 1 large tomato minced
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • 1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp Kashmiri red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala powder
  • Salt to taste
  • Coriander leaves for garnish
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 clove
  • 1 small pc cinnamon
  • 3-4 black peppercorn


  • Wash the urad dal well. Cover with water, add salt and cook in a pressure cooker till done - I cooked for three whistles and switched off till pressure was gone.
  • In a saucepan, heat ghee. Add ingredients from cumin seeds to ginger garlic paste and cook till tomatoes are all pulpy. Add in the powders and saute it for a couple of minutes or till raw smell is gone. Add the cooked urad dal and sufficient water, adjust salt. Simmer for five minutes.
  • In a little pan, heat ghee, splutter the cumin seeds. Briefly fry the remaining ingredients and pour over the curry. Sprinkle coriander leaves and serve hot with rotis.


Check out the Blogging Marathon page to see what the other Blogging Marathoners are doing this BM#88


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  1. Yummy! I adore lentils cooked in any form.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Angie…

  2. 5 stars
    Dal kabila looks delicious!! Was the dal texture sticky? I once tried dal with urad and it was all sticky sticky. Since then I am little hesitant to cook with urad dal.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Mine wasn’t sticky, I washed it more than I would have washed any other dal, because of the same thought, and it came out perfect. Maybe you could try it that way… Thanks a lot Usha…

  3. 5 stars
    Even I didn’t know about urad dhal as main ingredient in dal before BM. Uma is an amazing cook and I am sure her recipe would turn out wonderful..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Gayathri…

  4. Uma is an excellent cook and love her recipes as well. Mughlai dal kabila looks absolutely fabulous and super comforting as well. Am bookmarking to try this dal very soon.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka…

  5. Yes Udad daal is a daal which we too make regularly, different varieties and we love it. I am loving this simple version and I am sure it must have been delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Vaishali… planning to cook more often with it…

  6. Yes before blogging it was the same for me too, though I always knew about the Dal Makhani..this one with split sounds so yum!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Valli…

  7. 5 stars
    In my gradma & aunt place, they used to make similar kind of dal with urad dal without much spices and usually make as a side dish for puli kulambu. But now a days, no one like it much because of its slimy nature and it’s slowly out of our regular menu. Btw, the dals looks amazing and delicious!!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I never knew there was a South Indian version too… Thank you so much Sandhiya…

  8. 4 stars
    Rafeeda, urad dal is a dal we make quite often at home.. easy to make and very flavourful. Love your dal kabila, look so rich and delicious.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Mayuriji…

  9. Very flavorful dal. I rarely make dal with urad dal as you said, urad dal is for idli/dosa types 🙂

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Harini…

  10. 5 stars
    That is so true. Urad dal is so much part of the idli batter that I hardly explore other options with it. This is an awesome pick for this theme. Yum yum!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sowmya…

  11. 5 stars
    I am like you, don’t use urad dal much in cooking except for idli and dosa. This mughlai dal looks absolutely creamy and delicious. Perfect with naan or roti.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Pavani…

  12. nicely done rafee…….iv never made lentils with urad dal before…………urs looks good……..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Farah…

  13. 5 stars
    Urad dal is our favorite to pair with roti and you have made it perfectly just the way we love.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Sapana…

  14. 5 stars
    I can count the number of times I have used urid daal to make daal. But mughali dishes being my weakness I will love to make it. Extremely flavourful.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Archanaji…

  15. 5 stars
    dal looks so nice and creamy – my kind of dal

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

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