Shahi Dal

Shahi Dal

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On one of my trips to the Punjab I picked up this gem of a recipe from a rather small and inconspicuous Punjabi restaurant.

This dal is absolutely delicious and the cook had no hesitation in telling me his secret which I now pass on to you!

Like most Punjabi dals this too requires ghee that add an unmatched flavour. Milk is added to the dal making it creamy. Almonds are used, which make this dal even richer.

Do try other Punjabi dals like Dal Amritsari or Panchratni Dal .

Shahi Dal recipe - How to make Shahi Dal

Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Total Time:     4Makes 4 servings
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  1. Clean, wash and soak the urad dal in enough water for 6 hours and drain well.
  2. Combine the urad dal, almonds, turmeric powder, cardamom, salt and 1 cup of water in a pressure cooker, mix well and pressure cook for 2 whistles.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Discard the cardamom, combine the dal and milk and whisk well till smooth. Keep aside.
  5. Heat the ghee in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds.
  6. When the seeds crackle, add the onions, garlic, and ginger and sauté on a medium flame for a few seconds.
  7. Add the tomatoes, chilli powder and garam masala, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the whisked dal-milk mixture and salt, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 to 3 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  9. Add the coriander and mix well.
  10. Serve hot.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy205 cal
Protein9.3 g
Carbohydrates21 g
Fiber3.6 g
Fat8.1 g
Cholesterol8 mg
Sodium24 mg
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Shahi Dal
 on 06 Jul 17 06:29 PM

Dal looks really yummy. We dont like urad dal in our daily dal rice. Can I use tuvar and moong dal together for this Pls advise I want to try it soon.
Tarla Dalal
07 Jul 17 08:46 AM
   Hi Shilpa, Yes you can.
Shahi Dal
 on 01 Apr 17 10:06 AM

Superb dal! Very unique flavours and quite mild too. Thank you for a great recipe!
Shahi Dal
 on 17 Jan 17 05:22 PM

This dal is not only rich in flavours but also great in taste, it has very basic ing that makes it possible to make this dal any time and for any one. What I found very unique about this recipe is the use of almonds.