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sookhi urad dal recipe

Sookhi Urad Dal Recipe | Punjabi Style Dry Urad Dal

Punjabi sookhi urad dal recipe. 
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: indian cuisine
Keyword: dal
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
1 hour
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 275kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • 250 g urad dal I Used 24 Mantra Organic Dal
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • pinch of asafetida hing
  • For Tadka!
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 green chilli chopped
  • 75 g Onion finely chopped
  • 200 g tomato finely chopped
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli powder or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 1-2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 leaves Tbsp corianderchopped
  • Salt to taste


Sookhi (Semi Dry) Urad Dal In Pressure Cooker

  • Wash the urad dal and soak it for 30-25 minutes.
  • Pressure cook the dal with salt, asafetida, turmeric powder and 1 cup of water for 2 whistles.
  • If you don’t want to use pressure cooker you may have to cook the dal in 1.5 cups of water for little longer, till dal is cooked al dante.
    step by step recipe sookhi Urad dal
  • By the time steam/pressure is released naturally you can prepare Tadka/tempering.
  • For making tempering heat ghee/oil in the big pan, add cumin seeds. Once cumin starts to splutter add green chili, ginger.
  • Cook for few seconds and add finely chopped onion. Cook for 2-3 minutes on medium heat till onion start to turn light pink.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and cook till tomatoes are pulpy. Now add red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and cook everything together for 2-3 minutes on medium heat.
    step by step recipe sookhi Urad dal
  • Now add cooked dal to the pan, if some water is left, cook the dal for few more minutes in the uncovered pan to allow the water to dry up.
    step by step recipe sookhi Urad dal
  • Top it with green coriander leaves and squeeze lime over it.
  • Serve the sookhi dal with Chapati Paratha or any flat bread.

Sookhi Urad Dal Without Pressure Cooker (Amritsari/Lahori Dal)

  • Wash the urad dal and soak it for 2-3 hours.
  • After that drain out dal and soak it in hot water for 15-20 minutes.
  • To Prepare Tadka heat mustard oil in a pan and smoke it.
  • Switch off the heat and allow mustard oil to cool for a minute.
  • Add cumin and asafoetida allow them to splutter and add green chillies
  • add chopped onion and fry them till light pink.
  • Now add turmeric, salt and tomatoes cook them till they are mushy
  • Add drained out dal with a couple of tablespoons of water. Add broken Amritsari vadi Cover with a lid and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Finish with a generous squeeze of lime, coriander/cilantro and enjoy with Roti or paratha.


Calories: 275kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 87mg | Potassium: 50mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 81IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 5mg