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Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is one of Punjabi cuisine’s in India. This dish is a type of dal (black lentils and kidney beans)  cooked slowly on low heat  and has a large amount of butter or cream. You can be easy on butter/cream if you are eating this dal very often. It is commonly eaten with naan or tandoori roti.


Whole urad dal (Black lentils) : ½ cup
Rajma (Red Kidney Beans) : ¼ Cup
Channa Dal (Bengal gram dal) : ¼ cup(optional)
Ginger paste : 2-2½ tbsps
Garlic paste : 2- 2½ tbsps
Onions: One big, finely chopped
Tomatoes: One big, finely chopped
Cumin seeds (Zeera) : 1 tsp
Green cardamom powder : ¼ tsp
Bay leaves (Tejpatta) : 4-5
Cinnamon powder: a pinch
Clove powder : a pinch
Coriander powder (Dhania) : 2 tsps
Turmeric powder (Haldi): ½ tsp (Optional)
Red chilli powder : 1 tsp
Butter : 3-4 tbsps
Cream : 2 tbsps
Kasuri methi (Dry fenugreek leaves) : 2-3 tsps
Salt to taste
Cooking oil


  • Wash and soak all dals together for overnight.
  • Pressure cook all dals with little salt at low flame.
  • After the dal is cooked, mash up the dal a bit and keep it aside.
  • Heat oil or butter in a thick bottomed pan.
  • Add bay leaves, after it browns add zeera and let it crackle.
  • Add finely chopped onions, ginger garlic paste and cook till they are golden brown in color.
  • Add turmeric powder.
  • Add well chopped tomatoes and cook till they are completely soft. For this you can cover the lid with constant stiring.
  • Add red chili powder, coriander powder, clove powder, cinnamon, green cardamom powder, butter and remaining salt.
  • After the masalas are cooked properly add water of cooked dal and let the whole mixture boil.
  • Now add slightly mashed up dals.
  • Add kasuri methi and cream.
  • Now simmer the dal at very low flame for at least 30 minutes. Keep stirring the dal in between as it might stick at bottom.
  • Serve hot with naan or paratha or rice.

Serves/Makes:  4-5


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