Dal Makhani | North Indian Dinner Recipe Idea

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Dal Makhani is a deliciously flavoured lentil curry that is world renowned as the Punjabi ‘dhabba’ dal. Made with black urad dal and rajma, flavoured with subtle Indian spices and simmered with cream and butter for as long as 30 to 45 minutes. This simmering process makes this dal makhani rich and delicious.

Serve Dal Makhani with a favorite Indian breads or Paneer pulav

Makes: 3 to 4 servings

Ingredients for Dal Makhani
  • 3/4 cup whole black urad dal,

  • 1/4 cup red kidney beans | rajma

  • 1 large tomato, pureed

  • an inch peice of ginger, chopped finely

  • 2 cloves garlic, grated

  • 2 green chillies, chopped finely

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder

  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala powder

  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder

  • 1 teaspoon oil

  • 1/4 cup cream

  • a small bunch of coriander leaves, finely chopped

  • 1 teaspoon kasuri methi / dried fenugreek leaves

  • Salt to taste

Method for Dal Makhani
  • Soak the black urad dal and rajma together in 4 cups of water for about 8 hours. Cook along with the soaked water and salt until very soft and mushy. See Video Recipe of How to Cook Legumes in Pressure Cooker. 

  • Heat oil in a heavy bottomed pan; add in the ginger, garlic and sauté it for a few seconds. Stir in the tomatoes, green chillies, turmeric powder, garam masala, cardamon powder and cumin powder and sauté everything together until the tomatoes begin to bubble, approximately for about a minute.

  • Now stir in the cooked lentils into the pan with the tomatoes, adjust the consistency of the dal by adding a little water if too thick. Cover the pan and simmer the dal along with the spices for atleast 15 to 20 minutes. At this stage check the salt levels and adjust according to taste.

  • Simmering this dal makhani for a longer time, will ensure that the spices get absorbed into the lentils thoroughly, therefore enhancing the flavors of the dal.

  • Traditionally Punjabi's have been known to simmer their dals for more than an hour or two, to get the intense richness and taste from the dal makhani. But make sure that when you simmer the dal it is stirred occasionally, thereby preventing the dal makhani from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

  • Finally, during the last 10 minutes of the simmer, stir in the fresh cream, dried fenugreek leaves and the coriander leaves into the dal makhani. Stir well and simmer for another 5 minutes.

  • Turn off the heat and transfer the dal makhani to a serving bowl. 

  • Serve the Dal Makhani along Paneer Makhani, your favorite Indian bread and Paneer pulav. Do make sure to also serve the dal makhani along with a few sliced onions, slit green chillies, a tomato cucumber salad, and cut lemon wedges for a very Punjabi Dhabba feel.

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Archana Doshi

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