Mash Ki Daal | Mah Ki Daal |How to make Mash Ki Daal, utterly delicious and finger-licking lentils stew prepared with Whole Black Lentils, Indian aromatic Spices and Mustard Oil. This comforting and flavourful daal is easy and fuss-free recipe hails from the Himachal Pradesh, the north Indian State that is nestled in the majestic Himalaya. You may call this daal, close cousin of Punjabi Daal Makhni

It is just without kasoori methi, less rich and creamy yet as tasty as Daal Makhni. This recipe comes together in less than an hour if you have already boiled lentils at the ready, then just prepare spicy masala and cook the daal for some time and voila! Then enjoy this robust simmering Mash Daal with Naan, Roti or Hot and Steamy Rice for a healthy and delicious meal.

Mash Ki Daal, is a staple dish from Himacha Pradesh, India. It is prepared with black lentils, spices and mustard oil, served with roti or rice.

Mash Ki Daal, is a staple dish from Himacha Pradesh, India. It is prepared with black lentils, spices and mustard oil, served with roti or rice.

While I was searching a recipe to cook with Whole Urad (Matpe Beans) I came to know this absolutely smashing dish 'Mash Daal or Mash Ki Daal'

I was sold and did not look any further as I knew that this dish will get a lot of appreciation in my home and checked out a recipe.

As first time you read this recipe, surely you will think about 'Punjabi Daal Makhni' which is creamy and scrumptious but of course loaded with loads of fat such as Ghee, Cream or Butter.

On the contrary, this Pahari Mash Ki Daal is prepared with Mustard Oil and lots of Onions.

More Daal Recipe:- Dhaba Style Daal Fry | Mix daal with Turnip greens | Garlicky Moong-Masoor Daal with Carrot Greens

Mash Ki Daal, is a staple dish from Himacha Pradesh, India. It is prepared with black lentils, spices and mustard oil, served with roti or rice.

Mash Ki Daal, turned out absolutely tasty, the family described as 'Divine' This recipe shows that without using any fancy or expensive ingredients you can still churn out tastiest dishes anytime.

This ultimate comforting dish Mash ki Daal can be thoroughly enjoyed with  round and soft gujarati rotlis, Naan, Coconut Paratha or Ajwain Paratha and makes a well-balanced meal by adding Khada Masala Bhaat ( Whole Spice Rice) and fresh and juicy salad. Ah, what blissful meal it was!

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Mash ki Daal, Mah ki Daal, Mash Daal
Yield: 4-6 servings



Mash Ki Daal, a vegan and comforting black lentil stew is healthy and delicious. This dish hails from Himachal Pradesh, a northern state of India.
prep time: 10 hourcook time: 30 Mtotal time: 10 H & 30 M


  • 250g matpe beans - whole black lentils - sabut urad
  • Salt to taste -namak
  • 2-3 tbsp. mustard oil or any other oil - sarson ka tel
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds -jeera 
  • 1-2 bay leaves - tej patta
  • 3 onions finely chopped - pyaz
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped garlic - lahsun
  • 1 tbsp. ginger Puree - adarak
  • 3  tomato puree or 1/2 can of tinned tomatoes - tamatar
  • Pinch asafoetida -hing
  • 1 tsp. turmeric powder - haldi
  • 2 tsp. -oriander - dhana powder
  • 1 tsp. red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. dry mango powder
  • freshly chopped coriander leaves - dhaniya



  1. Clean and wash then soak the lentils in a bowl of cold water for at least 8-10 hours or overnight.
  2. In the morning discard the water, add new water and place it in the pressure cooker and cook the lentils for 20-15 minutes.
  3. Once the pressure cooker is naturally cool down, mash the lentils very lightly.
  4. Heat the oil and add bay leaves and cumin seeds, add hing, then ginger. 
  5. Fry for a few seconds then add onions and fry till it begins to brown.
  6. Add all the masala powder including dry mango powder.
  7. Cook for a minute then add tomato puree and garlic.
  8. Add salt and cook the masala for 8-10 minutes.
  9. Add cooked lentils and mix well.
  10. Let the daal simmer for at least 30 minutes on low heat.
  11. Keep stirring occasionally.
  12. Once done garnish it with the freshly chopped coriander.
  13. Serve with roti, naan or paratha, rice and salad.


If mustard oil is not available or don't like the taste of it use any other oil.
The tastes of this daal get much better next day.
I served this daal with multigrain roti, Rice and Salad.
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  1. This dal is my hubby's favourite..We always order it when we go out for Indian dinners.. Looks perfectly made just like the restaurant one.

  2. Im cooking a lot with Mustard oil these days and this Mash Ki Daal recipe is so timely as the rains have begun to set in at Bangalore. Lovely images too! Sujata Shukla from

  3. Jagruti, no words for the amazing photos...hubby too couldn't stop wowing! Urad dal without all the butter and cream sounds really good. Make this ever so often at home as we love it.

  4. Omg what a breath taking clicks. Just cant take my eyes from that bowl of mash ki dal, how delectable and delicious its looks. Such a drooling worthy nutritious dal.

  5. Such a delicious and loaded with full of nutritious dal, loved it. It's one of the favourite dishes at home. Yours looks delish.

  6. This is simply awesome...what a tempting dish and awesome presentation

  7. Beautiful photography as usual!! Love maa ki dal and it is my son's favorite too :) Superb!!

  8. This dal is my family favourite..we call it as ghote in Marathi..loved the whole looks so tempting .. awesome photography as always !!

  9. Dal looks super tempting! Loved your clicks too. I would love to eat this with chapathi.

  10. Amazing photography! The Mash Ki Daal looks really good.   Beautiful recipe!

  11. Loved the cuisine for the month and some lovely dishes with pulses and dals only describe the Himachalis love for lentils and pulses that are healthy. A wholesome dal recipe with gorgeous clicks Jagruti!

  12. I love this dish, it's one of our family favourite. Lovely clicks Jagruti

  13. Your dal looks so so rich and is making my mouth water. :)

  14. Dal is such a comforting recipe and yours looks so creamy. I am sure to try this soon.

  15. We love this dhal with boiled rice and soft phulka rotis. Yours look so tasty and creamy I could eat a bowlful.

  16. Jagruti loved your click. Dal looks super tempting. Creamy and delicious. Awesome share.

  17. OMG Stunning and inviting clicks.. Curry looks super delicious and creamy.

  18. Amazing photography and loved each and every aspect of the picture.. dish looks delicious too

  19. Wow! i love what you have done to the dal. Our country is so diverse I doubt if we will ever know everything about it.


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