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Dal Lucknowi

Dal Lucknowi

Dal Lucknowi, is a luscious tuvar dal recipe from nawabi cuisine. Cooked with milk and tempered with spices availabe in our everday pantry.   It can be served with rice or enjoyed like a soup.
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Indian
Keyword How to cook mashed toor dal, How to make dal for lunch
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4


  • Pressure cooker
  • Sauce pan


  • 1 cup Toor Dal/Tuvar Dal/ Split pigeon peas
  • 2 nos green chilies chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¾ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ¾ cup milk i have used full fat
  • Fresh coriander leaves for garnish


  • 1-2 teaspoon vegetable oil or ghee
  • ¼ teaspoon mustard seeds/ kadugu
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds /jeera
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • a sprig of curry leaf
  • 2 nos broken red chilies optional, i didnt use


  • Wash and soak tuvar dal/toor dal for 15 minutes. Pressure cook dal with green chillies and 2 cups of water until soft.
  • Heat a kadai, add the dal and 1 cup of water to it and let it come to a boil.
  • While the dal boils, heat a small tadka pan with oil, splutter mustard seeds, add minced garlic, cumin, hing and curry leaves.
  • Pour this sizzling tadka over the boiling dal and let it simmer. Check the consistency if its too thick, add ¼ cup of water to it.
  • After 10 minutes, add milk to the dal and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes in a medium flame.
  • Once all the flavors have mingled well, garnish it with fresh coriander leaves, take it off the stove and serve it warm with rice or enjoy it like a soup.



  • The dal thickens as it cools, so adjust the consistency accordingly. We prefer a mildly thick and pourable dal. 
  • You can also add some red chilies in the tadka and make it a bit more spicy, i didnt do it, Both my kids enjoyed it much
  • If making for adults, i would recommend adding 2 red chilies or increase the green chili to 3 for a punch.
  • The dal can be made ahead for parties, can be diluted and reheated just before serving. Makes a great crowd pleaser.