Split Maa (Urad) Chole Dal Recipe

Maa Chole ki Dal is made using Split Urad Dal with skin also known as Urad dal Chilka and chole dal. It is a well known Punjabi daal Recipe and popularly known as Mah ki Dal. Most of the times it is served with chapati or tandoori roti.

Ingredients for Split Maa (Urad) Chole Dal :

3/4 cup Urad dal with chilka (Split Black gram)
1/4 cup Chana dal (chole dal)
2 green chillies, chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
2 small tomatoes, chopped
1 table-spoon, grated ginger (adrak)
1 t-spoon garlic, finely chopped (lahsun)
2 table-spoon butter
2 table-spoon oil
4 cup water
salt to taste

Herbs and Spices :
1/2 t-spoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 t-spoon turmeric powdered (haldi)
1/4 t-spoon red chili powder (Lal Mirch)
a pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
1/4 t-spoon garam masala


How to make Split Maa (Urad) Chole Dal :

  • Take a pressure cooker and add 4 cup water, Urad Dal, chole dal, turmeric and salt. Pressure cook it over medium-high heat until dal gets tender.
  • Splutter cumin seeds in a frying pan with oil in it. Add green chillies and hing, stir it for 15-30 secs. Then, add onion, ginger, garlic and cook for about 3-4 mins. stirring frequently. Add, chopped tomatoes and garam masala to the pan and cook further on medium flame for 2-3 mins.
  • Add cooked dal, red chili powder, garam masala and salt to the large frying pan and turn the heat to high, stir it well. When it starts boiling, turn the heat to low, cover the pan and cook further for 8-10 mins.
  • Garnish Punjabi Mah ki Daal with 2 table-spoon butter and Serve hot with rice or chapati.