Lucknowi Dal / Awadi Dal

Lucknowi dal or Nawabi style toor dal that is rich & creamy dal that is quite different from the regular dal we make at home. The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Punjab, Kashmir and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods. The flavours give a good royal feel when you serve your guests. A bowl of piping hot dhal with Phulka or Jeera rice will make your day.

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Lucknowi Dal / Nawabi style Toor Dal / Awadi Dal

Niranjana Sankaranarayanan
Lucknowi dhal or Nawabi style toor dhal that is rich & creamy dhal that is quite different from the regular dhal we make at home. The Awadh region has been greatly influenced by Mughal cooking techniques, and the cuisine of Lucknow bears similarities to those of Central Asia, Punjab, Kashmir and Hyderabad. The city is also known for its Nawabi foods. The flavours give a good royal feel when you serve your guests. A bowl of piping hot dhal with Phulka or Jeera rice will make your day.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting time 5 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker
  • Pan

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup Toor dhal
  • 1 No Green chilli Chopped into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric powder – 1/2 tsp
  • 3 cups Water – 3 cups
  • 1 tsp Sugar – 1 tsp
  • 2 tsp Fresh Cream – 2 tsp
  • To taste Salt – To taste
  • To garnish Fresh Coriander – To garnish

For Seasoning

  • 2 tsp Ghee
  • 2 Nos Kashmiri red chilli / Bedigi Red chilli
  • 1/4 tsp Asafoetida
  • 4 Nos Garlic cloves chopped into small pieces
  • 1 tsp Cumin

Instructions
 

  • Take a cup of toor dhal or pigeon pea, add a cup of water and wash it well. Discard the water.
  • Then add 3 cups of fresh water into the dhal, add chopped green chilli, turmeric powder.
  • Pressure cook the dhal well. It should be in mushy consistency.Keep the dhal aside and mash it well.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan or a vessel, add ghee.Then add red chilli broken into pieces, cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic cloves and saute well.
  • The raw smell of the garlic should go off.
  • At this stage add the pressure cooked dhal into the pan.
  • Keep it in medium flame, add required amount of salt for the recipe.
  • Add sugar for the sweetness and mix well.
  • Then add the fresh cream and allow to cook for two to three minutes. Fresh cream gives the richness to the gravy.
  • Finally garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Nawabi style toor dhal is ready. Serve it hot with Jeera rice or Phulka.

Video

Notes

Add the exact quantity of water mentioned in the recipe to cook the dal.
The dal should be mushy.
Keyword Dal recipes, Indian dal recipes, Lucknowi dal, Side dish for roti, Toor dal

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Take a cup of toor dhal or pigeon pea, add a cup of water and wash it well. Discard the water.
  • Then add 3 cups of fresh water into the dhal, add chopped green chilli, turmeric powder.
  • Pressure cook the dhal well. It should be in mushy consistency.Keep the dhal aside and mash it well.
  • In a heavy bottomed pan or a vessel, add ghee.Then add red chilli broken into pieces, cumin seeds, asafoetida, garlic cloves and saute well.
  • The raw smell of the garlic should go off.
  • At this stage add the pressure cooked dhal into the pan.
  • Keep it in medium flame, add required amount of salt for the recipe.
  • Add sugar for the sweetness and mix well.
  • Then add the fresh cream and allow to cook for two to three minutes. Fresh cream gives the richness to the gravy.
  • Finally garnish it with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Nawabi style toor dhal is ready. Serve it hot with Jeera rice or Phulka.

Lucknowi dal_final pic

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Comments

hem lata srivastava
24th March 2020 at 1:22 AM

Yellow dal is our family favorite we make it 4 to 5 times in a week.
Also add little ginger in tadka.



24th March 2020 at 7:02 AM

Toor dal with cream, now that is definitely a different kind of dal. Creamy and full of flavours, would love to enjoy it with rice.



25th March 2020 at 12:47 PM

Never tried arhar dal with cream..looks so comforting.. will love to have with some hot tandoori roti!!



26th March 2020 at 6:32 PM

Can have bowlful of this dal anytime such a hearty and flavorful recipe, love the idea of using cream with toor dal.



29th March 2020 at 8:30 PM

Interesting dal recipe.Looks so royal .



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