Punjabi Wadi Chawal

Servings: 2 people
Cuisine: Indian
Course: Main Course
Time: 45 minutes
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Basmati rice, Amritsari urad dal wadis, and aromatic spices. Simple ingredients come together in this traditional and wholesome Punjabi rice dish Wadi Chawal. Try out the healthy and delicious recipe.


  • 1 cup Basmati rice
  • 1-2 Amritsari urad dal wadi
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • Whole garam masala (see below)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 medium onion sliced
  • 1-2 chopped green chillies
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • Juice of one lemon
  • Chopped green coriander leaves for garnish

Whole Garam Masala

  • 6 cloves
  • 10 peppercorns
  • 1 piece of cinnamon
  • 1" piece of cinnamon
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 5 green cardamoms
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 piece of mace


  • Wash and soak the Basmati rice for 20-30 minutes.
  • Break down the wadis into bite-sized pieces. Heat oil in a pan. Saute the wadis until golden brown. Remove and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, and the whole garam masala. Saute until they release their aroma.
  • Add in the sliced onions along with chopped green chilies. Saute until translucent.
  • Drain the rice and add it to the pan along with the wadis. Add salt. Mix gently and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Now add two cups of water and mix. When the water starts to bubble, lower the heat to the minimum. Cover it with a lid and let it cook until the water dries up and the rice is done. It would take about 10-15 minutes.
  • When done, switch off the heat and let it rest for 4-5 minutes. Remove the lid and fluff up the rice.
  • The Punjabi Wadi Chawal is ready to serve. Garnish with chopped green coriander leaves and serve with raita.


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Punjabi Wadi Chawal