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A typical Kumaoni dish, it is made with lentils like Urad, Moong etc. This recipe
is for Dubka made from Moong dal.

Ingredients(serves 3-4)

  • Split Moong Dal – 200 gm
  • Cumin seeds – 1/4 Tea spoon
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 Tea spoon
  • Turmeric powder – 1/2 Tea spoon
  • Green chillies – 3
  • Chopped coriander leaves- ¼ bunch
  • Oil – 2 Table spoon
  • Salt – To taste
  • Red Chilli powder – 1/2 Teaspoon
  • Whole Red Chillies – 4
  • Ghee – 1 Tablespoon
  • Asafetida – 1 pinch


  • Wash and soak the Moong dal in water for 3-4 hours (overnight for
    best results).
  • Grind the soaked daal into thick paste using a mixer/grinder.
  • To the dal paste and 500 ml add water and make a liquid solution.
  • In an iron karahi (deep pan) pour oil and heat well.
  • Add cumin and mustard seed and wait for them to crackle.
  • Add chopped green chillies and cook for one minute.
  • Add turmeric power and cook for one minute.
  • Add the liquid made of Moong dal, water and salt.
  • Bring it to boil and reduce the heat and cook on low for 10 minutes.


Add ghee in a small pan. Now add whole red chillies, chilly powder and
asafetida (hing). Once the chillies give burnt smell, season the karaal with this
mixture and garnish with cilantro (Hara Dhaniya).



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