March 22, 2017

Dal Lucknowi Recipe | How to Make Lucknowi Dal

Dal Lucknowi is a Nawabi style of dal recipe from the city of Lucknow or ancient Awadh in Uttar Pradesh.

Lucknowi Dal
Dal Lucknowi gets its origin from the land of Nawabs and has got a smooth and creamy texture. It is traditionally prepared with toor daal and the main ingredient that differentiates from other dal preparation is the addition of milk.

In Uttar Pradesh households, a simple meal with dal lucknowi, sabzi, roti and rice is almost an everyday affair.

Dal Lucknowi in my home is usually accompanied by bhindi ki sabzi, aloo palak, aloo gobhi and many other dry veg recipes as side dish.

Lucknowi Dal

Dal Lucknowi Recipe

Author: Razina | Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Main
Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes | Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup toor dal (arhar), washed and soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • a pinch of hing or asafoetida
  • 2-3 green chillies, slit
  • salt, as required
  • 1/2 cup milk

For tempering

  • 2 tablespoons oil or ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 dried red chillies, deseeded
  • 3-4 garlic pods

  • coriander leaves for garnishing

Directions for making dal lucknowi recipe

1. In a pressure cooker, add toor dal, turmeric, hing, green chillies, salt and 2 cups of water. Pressure cook on high flame for 2 whistles. Switch off the flame and keep as it is for the pressure to be released by itself.

2. Once the pressure is released, remove the lid and add little water if required, bring to boil on low flame.

3. In the meantime, prepare the tempering by heating oil and spluttering the cumin seeds. Add dried red chillies and garlic pods, saute till fragrant - be careful not to burn the garlic.

4. Add this tempering over the boiling dal and close the lid immediately for the flavors to get infused.

5. Open the lid after few minutes and add the milk. Give a stir and simmer for few minutes.

6. Yummy Dal Lucknowi is ready, garnish with fresh coriander leaves and enjoy with roti, phulka and rice!

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