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Langar wali Dal

langar Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal

Lagar dal recipe: Lagarwali dal is served in Gurudwara. Rich creamy and delicious Punjabi kali dal Also known as maa chole ki dal is easy to make with this simple recipe which you can make in pressure cooker or Instant pot.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: punjabi
Keyword: chana dal, dal, langar dal, maa chole, Punjabi dal
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8 portion
Calories: 118kcal
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • ½ cup chana dal
  • ½ cup Urad dal split
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder Red
  • ½ turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
  • 3 tablespoon onion tomato masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2 red chilli dried
  • 2 green chilli dried


  • Take chana dal and maa ki dal/ urad dal and wash them 4-5 times till water runs clear.
  • Now in a pressure cooker add both the lentils add 4 cups of water along with salt , turmeric and chili powder, onion and tomato masala and asafoetida. If you are using regular pressure cooker it will take 4-5 whistles of pressure cooker.
  • For making Lagar dal in Instant pot, follow same procedure as above and set the pressure cooker and timer to 20 minutes.
  • While lentils are pressure cooking you can make tadka or final tempering alongside.
  • Take a small frying pan and add generous amount of ghee, I used 2 tablespoon sometimes I use olive oil too but it tastes better if you use ghee (clarified butter).
  • When ghee melts reduce the heat to lowest add cumin seeds.
  • Add in chopped ginger and allow them to splutter for 30 sec.
  • Next add in slit whole green chillies, whole red chillies (both optional)
  • Stir once or twice and add coriander powder and garam masala powder.
  • Immediately add it to the cooked dal and mix well and let the dal simmer for 5 minutes on slow heat and serve with Nan/tandoori Roti or Parantha.



  • All Dals generally thicken as they cool down. This dal also thickens as it cools down so keep the final consistency accordingly in final step of cooking.
  • If there are leftovers, you can reheat leftover dal by adding a bot of hot water to correct it's consistency. 


Calories: 118kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 188mg | Potassium: 36mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 157IU | Vitamin C: 18mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg