Langarwali dal recipe, how to make amritsari dal

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Langarwali dal recipe – replica of dal you get in langar

I never thought that ,”one day i will able share this recipe to the world”.I finally get success after almost 10 attempts.(uhhhh). Now you must be thinking what is langar??Langar is a term used in gurudwaras for kitchen that serves food for free to their visitors. The philosophy behind “Langar” is that everyone without any cast restriction or even religion will able to partake this food.  My north indian friends, I am sure you had this langar food at-least once in your life at golden temple.There are so many people (including businessman) who gives “SEVA” regularly at gurudwara for making langar food.

Dal is a staple food in north indian cuisine.This dal is also known as “Amritasari dal”and
i don’t need to say about it’s popularity. This is a thick dal recipe
just like dal-makhni .This dal recipe is made with two different lentils
which is Black Gram and split bengal-gram.Black Gram is translates to Urad  and Bengal gram is translate to Chana Dal.

at gurudwars,This dal is cooked on slow flame by simmering at specific
time interval.That’s why all Spices are mixed perfectly and dal cooks
well. It also the reason for getting “CREAMY DAL”.

I am
not using split black gram here.Instead i am using whole black gram.
This dal is prepared using simple spices. The next day This dal even
tastes better.I avoid using tomatoes in this recipe.
it was prepared by adding Green Chilies, Ginger paste  to Lentils with
water and allow them to cook on very slow flame.I am using Pressure
Cooker here so I am adding All the spices at time of boiling. You can
also avoid Garlic if you want to make even more simpler.This dal is made
with oil and it is traditionally serve with dollop of butter on the top.
This dal recipe goes best with jeera rice ,Cumin coriander paratha/Plain Paratha and simple roti.I made combo of some dishes for Lunch /Dinner menu ideas including this dal recipe.

Recipe Details for making Langarwali dal below:

  Amritsari Dal Recipe-how to make Langarwali dal

Prep Time : 4 hours(soaking time)

Cook Time : 45-50 min
Total Time : 4 hours 45 min
Main Ingredient :Black gram
Serves :2-3
Cuisine : North Indian


  • Black Gram whole – 1 cup
  • Bengal Gram – 1/2 cup
  • Salt – to taste
  • Garlic cloves – 8-10 nos
  • Ginger paste – 2 tbsp
  • Green chilies – 2 medium size
  • Turmeric powder – a pinch
  • Oil – 2 tbsp
  • Butter – 1 tbsp
  • Red chili powder -a pinch
  • Onion,finely chopped – 1 small size 
  • Coriander – for garnishing
  • Water for boiling lentils ( approx 4 cups)


    1. Wash Both lentils well and soak them in enough water for overnight or 4-5 hours.
    2. Drain lentils.Add them in Pressure cooker. Add 4 cups water,1 tbsp ginger paste, 6-7 garlic cloves and 2 green chilies.
    3. Pressure Cook them for 7-8 whistles on medium flame.Check the lentils whether they are soft enough or not.If didn’t then pressure cook again for 10 min. Mash them with the back of your can even use potato masher.
    4.  Chop remaining Garlic cloves.Heat oil in pan.
    5. Add remaining Ginger paste and chopped garlic along with onion.
    6. Saute them well until soften.
    7. Now add boiled lentils. Also add salt,red chili powder and turmeric powder.
    8. Cook this dal on slow flame until thickens .Simmer dal very well. If it looks more thick than you can stir in some water and continue to simmer.
    9. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and add Salted butter on the top.
    10. Serve hot.

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      1. Dal looks so comforting yum…I should try ur versiin

      2. That dal looks special. And I loved going through all the details in your recipe.

      3. Most comfort food with a dollop of ghee on top to make it rich. Most loved by my kids and me too

      4. Thanks for sharing such an interesting story about the traditions of Langarwali and the recipe. Your dal sounds delicious.

      5. Dal looks creamy and delicious, interesting info at the beginning..

      6. Oh the dal looks soo homely and Delicious…

      7. Looks so good, creamy and spicy!

      8. Langar wali dal looks super deliocus and flavorful, Priya.

      9. This sounds like such a comforting meal, Priya! I totally know what you mean about many attempts making something in the kitchen. Well done on this one! 🙂

      10. My greedy curiosity is on high alert! Added to my, "Must Eat" list. Thanks for sharing this one!

      11. My greedy curiosity is on high alert! Added to my, "Must Eat" list. Thanks for sharing this one!

      12. I like the name you gave-langar wali dal, looks nice.

      13. Thank you so very much my lovely friends for your words.. Made my day…y-)

      14. I love daal in any form… this looks so comforting and delicious…

      15. It looks so creamy and delicious, I wish I could buy those lentil sorts around here. I have to check the Turkish supermarket, maybe I get lucky. 🙂