Maia Delicious Dhaba Dal (Mixed Lentils + Spices)


Dhabas are food stalls along highways in India and unarguably serve some of the tastiest meals in the country. Usually, the meals are quite simple—a couple of curried vegetables or meat, a mixed lentils dal, side salads and naans. Our Dhaba Dal comes ready to cook and all you need is some salt and water. Follow the step-by-step instructions and your dal can simmer away in a slow cooker as you get on with your day. This dhaba dal can be served with naan or any bread, with a side salad or as a perfect accompaniment to our Maia Joyful Jeera Rice.


Split Pigeon Peas, Split Moong and Red Lentils, Whole Spices, Spice Mix.

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  1. Best made in an Instant Pot (IP) or Slow Cooker
  2. Wash the Dhaba Dal mix gently under running water and if possible, soak for I hour before cooking.
  3. Place a saucepan on the stove on medium heat.
  4. For IP: Turn on sauté mode.
  5. Add 1 tbsp of Original MAIA Ghee or oil. When hot, empty the spices from Bag #1 and add the whole red chili. Sauté for 30 seconds or until spices are done crackling.
  6. Empty the spices from Bag #2, add ¼ c water and sauté for 30 secs. Add the washed and drained Dhaba Dal mix and sauté for 30 seconds.
  7. For IP:
    • Add 2 cups of water and check salt (adjust to your taste, 1 tsp salt is already added to the spice mix).
    • Close lid with vent in sealing position.
    • Cook in pressure cook mode for 30 mins.
    • Allow natural pressure release.
  8. For slow cooker:
    • After Step 6, add 4 cups of water and transfer to a slow cooker.
    • Adjust salt to taste (adjust to your taste, 1 tsp salt is already added to the spice mix).
    • Cook on high for 4-6 hours until all the lentils are cooked through and soft.
    • Stir intermittently, add more water if needed.
  9. When cooked, let stand for 5 minutes. Stir and mash a little. Serve hot with a dollop of MAIA ORIGINAL GHEE and a side of rice or naan.


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