Urad Dal Pakoda Kadhi/ “Karail”

Karail recipe is extremely close to my heart because I learned it from my Grandma. I learned to cook it at a very young age and even after my marriage, it is loved by all my in-laws too. The recipe is very healthy and simple; holds high nutritional value. Urad dal is rich in protein, fibre, boost bone health- calcium and iron.


  • Serves – 2/3
  • 1 Tbsp Mustard Oil (Replace with Any Choice of Oil)
  • 1 Small Bowl Soaked Urad Dal (Without Skin Preferable)
  • 1-2 Green Chillies/ Red Dry Chillies
  • Small Onion Chopped
  • Small Piece of Ginger (To Grind with The Urad Dal)
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds (Jeera)
  • Pinch of Asafoetida (Hing)
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • Salt as Per Taste


Prep: 15 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes

  1. Grind the soaked Urad Dal into a fine paste with a piece of ginger and 1 green chilly.
  2. Now divide the dal paste into two parts- one to make pakoras and one for gravy.
  3. Add some salt and Asafoetida in the dal paste for pakoras; deep fry 10-12 small pakoras (as many as you can do with the dal paste) and keep it aside.
  4. Now take some oil in a separate pan and add jeera, turmeric, 1 green chilli, chopped onions. Fry onions till golden brown.
  5. Once the onions are brown add the other portion of whisked dal portion in the pan, keep adding water till the consistency you need for a curry and keep mixing it to avoid lumps.
  6. After one boil, cook it in a low flame for about 15min till the raw small of dal goes away.
  7. Now add salt to taste to the curry and add the pakoras, boil it for another 5 min and close the flame.