Ma Daal Recipe


100 gms. Black whole Urad beans, soaked overnight and drained

1 small handful of kidney beans (Rajma), soaked overnight and drained

4 cloves garlic

1 small piece of ginger finely chopped

A small knob of butter

1 onion finely chopped

2 tomatoes cut into small pieces

1 red or green chilli (more if you’d like the dal to be spicy)

½ tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. chilli powder

1 tbs. plain yoghurt

1 tbs. sunflower oil

Salt to taste

Coriander to garnish



  1. Put the garlic, ginger, Rajma and urad dal in a saucepan with three cups of water and cook until the dal and the Rajma is cooked. This might take about 20 minutes, less if you use a pressure cooker. Keep aside.
  2.  In another saucepan, heat up a little oil and fry the onions and the chilli till the onions are soft and brown.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, turmeric, chilli powder and salt. Stir till the onions and tomatoes blend and you can see the oil separate from the mixture.
  4. Put the dal back on the boil and add in the fried onions and tomatoes. Stir until completely mixed. Allow to boil on simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Add in the yoghurt to make the dal thick.


Garnish with coriander and serve hot with rice.