• 1 cup white sabut urad dal
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 tomato cubed
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 1 chopped green chilli
  • Some chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp jeera whole
  • 2 cloves
  • Two bay leaves
  • 2 tsps lemon juice
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ tsp garam masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 tbsps oil


  • Soak the dal for half an hour and wash
  • Boil the dal till soft but not pasty
  • Drain the dal and keep aside
  • In a pan add oil and heat
  • Add bay leaves, cloves and jeera and allow to splutter
  • Add ginger, onion and green chilli and sauté
  • Add tomatoes and cook till soft
  • Now add the dry spices and cook for a minute
  • Add the dal and the lemon juice and stir gently till the spices are well blended
  • Pour into a serving dish and garnish with coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with chapattis

Urad dal can also be used to make chutneys, cutlets, dosas, vadas, idlis, papads, kachoris and various other dishes.