Kali Dal

kali dal 2

Like I said my ideas for this edition of BM were zero.  Then thankfully I rang up Vaishali this is one of her suggestions. I must say that I have made this dal for the first time and I am tasting this dal after ages..

Now I have this dal written down somewhere I know but I am in no mood to hunt for it. I am sure I will find it on some scrap of paper with no heading or source written down on it. Why I do that I do not know but then most of the times I am able to identify the recipe and I do make it.  But like I said not now!!

kali dal

So the best way to make a new recipe is to find a great cook and follow what he/she does. Well who better than Sanjeev Kapoor! Well this is exactly Sanjeev Kapoor for I like his recipes and I find no need to modify them they suit out tastes perfectly…

So here is Kali dal as shown by Sanjeev Kapoor on U tube here.


  • 1 ½ cup whole urid
  • 3 tblsp rajma
  • 3 tblspn chana dal
  • 1 tblsp ginger juliennes
  • salt
  • 2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tblsp ghee
  • 3 tblsp butter
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 3 red chillies
  • 1 tblsp garlic paste
  • 1 tblsp ginger paste
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 tblsp garam masala
  • ¼ cup  fresh cream
  • coriander leaves


  • Mix the urid, rajma and chana dal soak minimum for 6-8 hours. Mine stayed soaked overnight.
  • In the morning add ginger a tsp of red chilli powder and the ginger juliennes. Cook in pressure cooker for 2 whistles then lower the flame and keep cooking for minimum 15 minutes. Switch off the gas and let the pressure drop naturally.
  • Heat ghee and butter add jeera and let the jeera crackle and become brown.
  • Add the chopped onion and fry on low flame till the onions are brown.
  • Add the red chillies, ginger garlic paste and tomato puree, garam masala. Fry till it cooks well and you get a lovely aroma.
  • Meanwhile your cooker will now open.  Mash the dal and rajma with the back of your ladle.
  • Mix the fried puree in the cooker with the cooked dal and mix well.
  • Add fresh cream; check the seasoning and pressure cook for one whistle.
  • Let the pressure drop naturally.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander and onion rings (I forgot the onion rings) with masala tandoori roti  & egg chat.

kali dal

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10 thoughts on “Kali Dal

  1. Jayashree June 12, 2013 at 8:34 pm Reply

    The dal looks wholesome and delicious. The masala roti you’ve served it with looks good too.

  2. Priya June 13, 2013 at 12:33 am Reply

    Wow, nutritious dal, i have some whole urad dal, have to make some soon. Inviting platter there.

  3. Chef Mireille June 13, 2013 at 7:09 am Reply

    love the variety of spices and dals used in this

  4. Pavani June 13, 2013 at 8:09 am Reply

    That curry looks creamy and delicious.

  5. usha June 13, 2013 at 9:02 am Reply

    Dal looks delicious and so does the masala tandoori roti.

  6. Padma Rekha June 13, 2013 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Wow one of my favorite dal you are tempting me… I like to have this with plain basmathi rice..

  7. Srivalli June 14, 2013 at 3:00 pm Reply

    Hheeheh..you are scatter brain and like minded people folk together..even I forget where I write down a recipe and end up making something else. I got my gyan on Punjabi dishes from Sanjeev Kapoor.. The entire plate looks so delish..where is the recipe for that masala roti, that looks great as well..

  8. harini June 16, 2013 at 12:10 am Reply

    Wholesome, healthy and delicious without a doubt!!

  9. Priya Srinivasan June 16, 2013 at 11:41 am Reply

    Looks like a complete meal!!! Dal n Rice anytime with some papad and pickle, i m settled for the day!!!

  10. Follow foodie June 20, 2013 at 8:48 am Reply

    Yummy dal !
    Very healthy too

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