Punjabi Sookhi Urad ki Dal

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Punjabi dishes are always known to be very delicious. Sookhi urad ki dal or sookhi Amritsari dal (black split skinless lentils) is a dry dal cooked with onion, tomato & spices.

Try this sumptuous Punjabi dish. You will surely love it. It is easy & quick to cook and yummy to eat.

Step-by-Step Easy & Quick Recipe –

Prep Time           Cook Time                Total Time                    Yields

15 mins                      20 mins                       35 mins                2-3 Serving


Urad Dhuli (Black split dal skinless) – 1 cup

Onion – 2 Large (finely chopped)

Ginger – 1 teaspoon (grated)

Green chili – 2 (chopped)

Green coriander – 2 tablespoons

Tomato – medium 2 (grated without skin)

Salt per taste

Asafetida – 1 pinch

Cumin seeds – ½ teaspoon

Red chili powder – ¼ teaspoon

Coriander powder – ¼ teaspoon

Garam masala powder – ½ teaspoon

Turmeric powder – ¼ teaspoon

Oil – 3 tablespoons

Ghee (clarified butter) – 1 tablespoon


  • Wash and soak dal for 2 hours.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add cumin seeds & asafetida, when they splitter, add onions & ginger & green chili. Sauté till onions start to brown.
  • Now add tomato, salt, turmeric powder & coriander powder, fry for 4-5 minutes. Add washed & soaked dal and enough water to cover the dal in the pan. Cover and cook dal for 15-20 minutes. Keep adding little water if the dal gets too dry before getting cooked to avoid burning.
  • When the dal is soft yet firm, add red chili powder, garam masala, ghee & green coriander. Fry for another 2-3 minutes.

Note: This dry dal can be served with roti, chapatti. Serve with lemony onion rings or raita. Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!!

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