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Kali Dal



Kali Dal is a traditional Indian dish made with black lentils. It is a popular dish in North India and is usually served with plain or jeera rice, roti, naan or kulcha. The lentils are cooked with spices such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. The dish is usually garnished with fresh cilantro and served with a dollop of ghee or clarified butter.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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black lentils (kali dal)

1 cup

cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

coriander powder

1 teaspoon

turmeric powder

1 teaspoon

red chili powder

1 teaspoon

garam masala

1 teaspoon

amchur powder

1 teaspoon


1 teaspoon


2 tablespoons


1 teaspoon

garlic paste

onion, finely chopped


green chilies, finely chopped


tomatoes, finely chopped


kasuri methi

1 teaspoon

chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons



Step 1:

Soak the black lentils in water for at least 30 minutes.

Step 2:

Heat the ghee in a pressure cooker over medium heat.

Step 3:

Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for a few seconds.

Step 4:

Add the ginger-garlic paste and sauté for a few seconds.

Step 5:

Add the chopped onion and green chilies and sauté until the onion is golden brown.

Step 6:

Add the chopped tomatoes and sauté until they are soft and mushy.

Step 7:

Add the coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, garam masala, amchur powder, and salt. Mix well and sauté for a few minutes.

Step 8:

Add the soaked black lentils and mix well.

Step 9:

Add 2 cups of water and mix well.

Step 10:

Close the lid of the pressure cooker and cook for 3-4 whistles.

Step 11:

Once the pressure is released, open the lid and add the kasuri methi and chopped cilantro.

Step 12:

Mix well and serve hot with steamed rice or roti.

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 15025 users have chowed down on Kali Dal a whopping 29608 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

Hungry much? These cities certainly are! Chandigarh, Delhi, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai are the top 5 cities gobbling up Kali Dal like there's no tomorrow.

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Kali Dal, our users are head over heels in september, but the interest cools down in january.

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Who preferred this food the most?

It's official: Kali Dal is the food of choice for 19-23 male, with people of >40 BMI also on board.

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