Maa ki dal

Maa ki dal/ Kali dal/ Black gram dal recipe in the pressure cooker

Maa ki dal is also known as black gram dal or kali dal. It is a Punjabi dal that is made with urad dal, onion, tomato, herbs, and spices. It is soo delicious recipe and requires very simple ingredients. Maa ki dal is healthy as it does not have extra cream or butter. You can add butter or cream if you want. It is a comforting, filling, and satisfying recipe.

Many people get confused between dal makhani and maa ki dal. They both are different recipes. We also have Homemade Dal makhani recipe

Ingredients for Maa ki dal:

  • Whole black lentils/ whole urad dal/black gram – 1 cup
  • Onion chopped – 2 medium
  • Tomatoes pureed – 2 medium
  • Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  • Green chili finely chopped – 1-2
  • Coriander powder- 2 tsp
  • Cumin seeds – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric powder – ½ tsp
  • Red chili powder – ½ tsp
  • Garam masala – ¼ tsp
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Water – 3-4 cups
  • Salt – as per taste
  • Coriander leaves chopped – 1-2 tbsp


  • Firstly wash urad dal 2-3 times with water and soak for at least 4 hours. Also, if you have less time then, you can soak dal in hot water for 1-2 hours.
  • Then, for making dal, heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds, and let them crackle.
  • After that, add ginger, garlic paste, and onion and fry until light brown.
  • Now, add pureed tomato, green chili, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and garam masala powder and mix well.
  • Cook the masala on medium flame until oil starts getting separated from the sides.
  • Then drain the soaked urad dal and add it.
  • Now add salt and water, stir it and close the pressure cooker.
  • Then cook for 20-25 minutes or 8-10 whistles until the lentil gets cooked.
  • After that, let the cooker release its pressure and then open the lid.
  • You can also open cook the dal to get the desired consistency.
  • Finally, add chopped coriander leaves and serve.
  • You can eat maa kid al with Missi roti, kulcha, paratha, roti, or rice.

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