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Punjabi Urad Dal Recipe

Punjabi style urad dal is a delicious, gluten-free semi-dry dal recipe. Learn how to make sookhi urad dal in a few simple steps.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 279kcal
Author: Hina Gujral



  • 1 Cup skinless urad dal (dhuli urad)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry mango powder (amchur)
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1 green chili, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala see recipe here
  • Salt to taste

Ingredients For Tadka (Tempering):

  • 1/4 Cup ghee
  • 1 Cup sliced onion


  • To prepare the Punjabi urad dal, first clean, rinse and soak the urad dal in enough water for 1 - 2 hour.
  • Next in a pressure cooker add soaked urad dal along with 2 Cups of water.
  • Add salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, green chili, ginger garlic paste, asafetida, mango powder, and garam masala. Stir to combine.
  • Pressure cook the dal over medium heat for 2 - 3 whistle or till dal is just cooked through and not mushy. Turn off the heat. Let the steam release naturally from the pressure cooker.
  • Open the lid of pressure cooker and check dal for doneness. If yet not fully cooked through let it simmer without lid over low heat for few more minutes.
  • Once you are ready to serve the dal, transfer Sookhi Urad Dal to a serving bowl.

Prepare Tadka:

  • Heat ghee in a frying pan over medium heat. Fry the onion till deep golden in color.
  • Add the fried onion over the dal. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.
  • Serve Sookhi Urad Dal warm with chapati for lunch.


Urad Dal: Make sure dal is soaked for at least 1 - 2 hours else it will not cook properly. 
Do not add too much water to cook the dal. It is a semi-dry dal. Hence, we do not need too much liquid. 
2 - 3 whistles over low heat on a stovetop pressure cooker are enough to cook the dal. Cooking for too long will make it mushy. In an electric pressure cooker, it takes 5 - 6 minutes. 
Tempering: Please use ghee for tempering the dal. Tadka made in refined oil will not taste good. 
Make sure onions are golden fried before pouring over the dal. 
Vegan Dal: By skipping ghee in the tempering you can make vegan urad dal. Instead of ghee use coconut oil. 


Calories: 279kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 51mg | Potassium: 81mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 148IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 4mg