Urad Chana Dal – Maa Chole ki Dal Recipe

Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Feature Image with tampering

Simple and quick Instant Pot recipe for Urad Chana Dal, i.e. lentil soup made of a mix Black gram and Bengal gram lentils. Urad chana dal (lentil soup) is usually accompanied with rice, missi roti, tikda, bajra roti or famous cornmeal dumplings. In today’s modern health conscious world, some people just like to relish it as a soup that is rich in protein and fiber.

Maa Chole ki Dal

In some states of Northern India like Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, this recipe is called ‘Urad Chana ki Dal’, whereas in Punjabi household this recipe is known as ‘Maa Chole ki Dal’.

Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe

Urad and Chana Dal – Health Benefits

Like other lentils, Urad dal (Black gram lentil) and chana dal (Bengal gram lentil) are also a good source of protein. Urad (black gram) is also rich in iron content, which helps boost the energy levels. Adding urad dal into your regular diet makes one feel more energetic throughout the day. Both Urad and chana dal consists of both soluble and insoluble fibers, which helps in digestions and makes it a good laxative. That is why, it is used all across India in different forms as part of staple diet.

Popular Urad Dal Delicacies

Urad dal (Black gram lentil) is a very popular house hold lentil all over India. Other popular north-Indian urad dal delicacies are dahi vada, papad, urad dal kachori or just as dry stir-fried urad dal.  Dal-makhani, a very popular festive lentil, is also made from whole urad dal. In southern part of India, it is one of the main ingredients of famous South Indian dish of Idli-Dosa batter. It is also used in famous medhu-vada. Lastly, for desserts, you can also make ladoos or halwa with urad dal.

Quick and Easy Instant Pot Recipe

This day-to-day recipe only take 15 minutes to set-up in IP and only a few ingredients, most of which are usually readily available in pantry. This recipe can also be a part of our Indian Culinary Experience, when you join it. Try it out and let us know!

Urad Chana Dal Ingredients:

Above quantity of ingredients will yield 4 servings.

Urad Chana Dal Method:

  1. Start the instant pot on SAUTE mode and heat ghee/oil in it.  Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe Step
  2. Add asafoetida and cumin seeds and let the seeds splutter.
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    Then add cloves, green chili, ginger and saute for 30 seconds.

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    Next, add diced onion.  Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe Step

  5. Now, saute until onions are translucent.  Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe Step
  6. After that add tomatoes and saute until soft and mushy.
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    Add all the spices except garam masala and lemon juice and mix them.

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    Wash the lentils for 3-4 extracts of water and then add them to the cooking pan.

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    Add water 3 times the volume of lentils using the same measuring cup and give it a good stir before closing the lid.

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    Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position. Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe Step

  11. Press MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK mode for 0 minutes and let the pressure release naturally(NR)  Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe Step
  12. When float valves pops down, open the lid, add garam masala and lemon juice.  Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Recipe Step
  13. Urad-chana dal is ready to be served.
  14. For extra rich look and flavors, like in the picture below, pour additional tempering from top.
Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal with tampering, served with cornmeal dumplings

Urad chana dal is a popular accompaniment with cornmeal dumpling in North-Indian households. 

Cornmeal Dumplings

Urad chana dal is a popular accompaniment with cornmeal dumpling in north-indian households. 

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Suggested sides and accompaniments to go with Urad Chana Dal are below:

5 from 7 votes
Urad Chana Dal - Maa Chole Ki Dal Feature Image with tampering
Urad Chana Dal
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

This day-to-day recipe only take 15 minutes to set-up IP and only a few ingredients, most of which are usually readily available in pantry.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Lentil Soup, Maa Chole ki Dal, Urad Chana Dal
Servings: 4
Calories: 226 kcal
Author: Rupali Agarwal
Ingredients
  • 1/3 cup Bengal gram lentil Chana dal– 1/3 cup
  • 2/3 cup Black gram lentil Urad dal – 2/3 cup
  • 250 gm Tomato 2 finely diced
  • 200 gm Onion 1 medium size finely diced
  • 20 gm Ginger 1 inch piece grated
  • 5 gm Green chilies 3 to 4 chopped or slit
  • 15 Cilantro Handful chopped
  • 2 tsp Oil Clarified butter or Ghee preferred – 2 tbs
  • 1 tbsp Lime – juice of 1 to 2 limes
  • 4 cup Water can be varied depending on desired consistency
Spices