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Appears in
The Food of India: A Journey for Food Lovers

By Priya Wickramasinghe

Published 2005

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Dal, which is both the name of the lentils, and in this case the dish, is part of the staple diet in India. This is a sumptuous version of a simple dish served with rotis in sikh gurudwaras (temples). Kali means black and the gram in this dish have a black skin.


  • 250 g (9 oz) whole black gram (sabat urad)
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped


Put the whole black gram in a large, heavy-based saucepan, add 2 litres (8 cups) water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until the dal feels soft when pressed between the thu