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Punjabi Dal Fry

Course Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/3 cup masoor dal
  • 1/3 cup chana dal bengal gram
  • Water to cook
  • 1 tsp ghee
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 samll pc cinnamon
  • 1 medium onion minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger paste
  • 1/2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies minced
  • 1 to mato chopped
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • Juice of one small lemon
  • Salt to taste
  • Chopped coriander leaves for garnish


  • Add the dals along with sufficient water to cook in a pressure cooker and cook till done. Allow the pressure to go by itself.
  • In a saucepan, heat ghee. Splutter the cumin seeds. Briefly fry the cloves and cinnamon.
  • Add the onion and saute til soft. Add the ginger, garlic and chilli and saute till the raw smell is gone.
  • Add in the tomatoes and cook till mushy.
  • Add all the masala powder and saute for two minutes.
  • Add the cooked dal now and give a very good mix. Add more water if required.
  • Cook on simmer for five minutes. Squeeze in the lemon juice and add salt to taste.
  • Cook for another minute and switch off.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and relish with rice or naan!