Sunday, 26 June 2011

Dal Makhani Recipe


Dal Makhani is a traditional North Indian vegetarian dish high in protein. Traditionally it is cooked on low flame for hours on charcoal, which gives it a rich creamy texture. Whenever I cook this I try to reduce ghee and butter as much as I can to make it healthier and also I never add cream expect if I am cooking for a party…. I can assure you even though you reduce ghee, butter and cream this curry tastes heavenly…. I have given the recipe as it is in the book and you are free to add moderate amounts of cream or butter if you wish…  


Dal Makhani Recipe
(Recipe Source: Nita Mehta’s Tandoori Cooking in the Oven )
Serves-6
Ingredients:
1 cup Whole black beans / urad saboot
2 tbsp Split gram dal / channe ki dal
1 tbsp ghee or oil
5 cups of water
1 ½ tsp salt
3 tbsp ghee / oil
5 large tomatoes pureed in a blender
2 tsp coriander powder / dhania powder
½ tsp garam masala
1 tbsp Dry fenugreek leaves / kasoori methi
2 tsp tomato ketchup
2-3 tbsp butter
½ cup milk
½ cup cream
A pinch of nutmeg powder / jaiphal / jaathikka
Grind to a Paste
3 dry whole red chillies, deseeded and soaked for 10 minutes and then drained
1” piece ginger
5-6 flakes garlic


Method:
  • Pressure cook both dals with 5 cups water, 1 tbsp ghee, salt and ginger-garlic-chilly paste.
  • After the first whistle, keep on low flame for 40 mints. Remove from fire. After the pressure drops, mash the hot dal a little. Keep aside.
  • Heat ghee. Add tomatoes pureed in a blender. Cook until thick and dry.
  • Add the garam masala and coriander powder. Cook until ghee separates.
  • Add kassori methi. Cook further for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add this tomato mixture to the boiled dal.
  • Add tomato ketchup.
  • Add butter. Simmer on low flame for 20-25 minutes, stirring and mashing the dal occasionally with the back of the spoon against the sides of the cooker.
  • Add milk. Mix very well with a spoon. Simmer for 15-20 minutes more to get the right colour and smoothness.
  • Reduce heat. Add nutmeg/ jaiphal. Mix. Add cream gradually, stirring continuously. Remove from fire and serve with Indian Breads or pulavs.

In picture: Rumali Roti and Dal Makhani

Dal makhani

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18 comments:

  1. Dal makhani looks creamy and delicious!

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  2. wow...ths s the one i need.. u can expect a same post from me too... that luks so delicious...

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  3. wow dal makhani is one of my fav !! this looks so yummy and very inviting !!

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  4. Creamy and yummy dal makhani...looks soo yum! perfect for rotis, luv the serving bowl too :)

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  5. I love this..looks creamy n yumm...tastes nice wid roomali roti..:)

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  6. Nutritious dal makhani looks absolutely delicious and yummy..

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  7. healthy curry...perfect with roti!!nice click dear!

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  8. Looks so yum ...love this

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  9. Absolutely love your combo. I enjoyed your roomali roti and now your makhani, just to die for.

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  10. yaya! the dal makhani recipe is also here..was waiting to see how you make it after the rumali roti post :)

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  11. Look delicious!! Ages since I made some - inspired to make again.

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  12. Swapna..the picture itself shows how less itz on fat ...surely would love to try this! Tks for sharing!

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  13. simply awesome and yummy looking Dal Makhani Bukhara

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