Dal Makhani


Dal Makhani or Maa di Dal, is a delicacy of Punjab. It has a smooth & velvety texture & a wonderful flavor. Each Punjabi household has their own signature preparation. Every Punjabi restaurant & way side dhabas claim that they specialize in this delicacy & cook it to perfection but they use huge amounts of butter,cream & oil.

Dal Makhani is traditionally cooked on a low flame overnight & allowed to thicken. Pressure cooking helps to cook the dal in a jiffy & is beneficial to the home maker as well as working people.

Today’s recipe is simple & quick to prepare & you can control the use of oil, butter & cream as it is prepared in your sweet home. Enjoy this lip smacking dal in the comfort of your home with rotis, naans, rice or any Indian bread.

Ingredients :

  • 1 cup whole Urad Dal
  • 1med. Onion (peeled & finely chopped)
  • 3 fresh Green Chillies (finely chopped)
  • 3 tbsps. Rajma (Kidney Beans)
  • 1 inch piece fresh Ginger (scraped & finely chopped)
  • 1 tsp. Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. Cumin Seeds
  • ½ tsp. Coriander pwd.
  • ½ tsp. Red Chilli pwd.
  • ½ tsp. Garam Masala pwd.
  • ½ tsp. Turmeric pwd.
  • 1 fresh red Tomato (pureed)
  • ½ cup Curds (whisked)
  • ½ cup fresh Cream (whisked)
  • 2 tbsps. Butter/ Vegetable Oil
  • Salt to taste

Garnishing & Topping:

  • Butter & Cream as per taste
  • Few sprigs fresh Coriander (roughly chopped)

Procedure :
Pick & wash whole urad dal & kidney beans.

Soak kidney beans & urad dal overnight in water.

Drain & add 2 cups of water & pressure cook whole urad dal & kidney beans in sufficient water  with a little salt for about 7 whistles or till the dals are over cooked.

Release steam & then open the cooker. Whisk till the dal is almost mashed.

Add cream & curds to the dal & stir.

Now heat oil/ butter in a pot/pan/wok/kadhai till hot.

Add cumin seeds & let it splutter.

Then add garlic paste & sauté till light brown.

Add onions& sauté till golden brown.

Add tomatoe puree, ginger & green chillies.

Fry till tomatoes turn soft.

Add turmeric pwd., coriander pwd., red chilli pwd. & a little salt.

Saute for a few mins. till the oil starts separating.

Reduce the flame to medium, add dal & stir well.

Let it come to a boil & then switch off the flame.

Add garam masala pwd & stir.

Garnish with chopped coriander leaves & add a dash of butter & some cream. Serve hot with your favorite Indian bread or with steaming hot rice.

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