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 )
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

  • 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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  1. Dal makhani looks creamy and delicious!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. simply awesome and yummy looking Dal Makhani Bukhara

  13. Very nice blog. Please have a look into too for indian vegetarian recipes.

  14. I Really love to create different kinds of recipes like this on1y


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