Sunday, May 6, 2012

Dal Makhani Recipe - Dal Makhni - Mah Ki Dal

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani - An authentic punjabi style dal made with lentils & cream.I tried dal makhani(dal makhni) a year back and was not satisified with the taste...I felt the raw smell of dhal and was not able to tolerate it at all. And after that didnt dare to try it again....When I was telling this to my cousin, she suggested me to add the whole spices while pressure cooking itself and it did the magic this time. The gravy came out above my expectations and hubby said a thumbs up to it.I served it with phulka and jeera rice......yum combo it was! Here goes the recipe from my kitchen....
Dal Makhani Recipe

Dal Makhani Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 15 mins + soaking time | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Whole urad dhal(whole black lentil) - 1/2 cup
Rajma (kidney beans) - 3 tbsp
Onions - 1/2 cup finely chopped
Tomato puree - 1/2 cup
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder- 1/4 tsp
Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1/4 tsp
Milk - 1/8 cup
Cream - 1/8 cup
Chopped coriander leaves - 1 tsp
Salt - to taste

To temper:

Butter - 1 tbsp
Oil - 1 tsp
Jeera - 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch stick
Cloves -2
Bayleaf -1
Cardamom - 1

Method:

  1. Rinse and Soak urad dal with rajma overnight or atleast for 8 hrs.Pressure cook it urad dal+rajma along with cardamom,cloves and cinnamon(1 each) and water till immersing level for 6-7 whistles or till dals become mushy. Once pressure releases, open and mash it with a laddle,Keep aside. Heat oil + butter in a pan, add the items under 'to temper'.I used the whole spices that I used while pressure cooking...yes hunted and used it :)
    How to make dal makhani - Step1
  2. Then add ginger garlic paste,onion and fry till slightly browned.Then add tomato puree along with turmeric, chilli and garam masala powder and required salt. Fry till raw smell of tomatoes leave and the mixture shrinks.
    How to make dal makhani - Step2
  3. Then add the mashed dals and give a quick stir. Add 1/2 cup water if its too thick and dry.Then add cream.
    How to make dal makhani - Step3
  4. Then add milk and give a quick stir and allow it to boil.You can see the color change after few mins.When the gravy is thick as per your required consistency add chopped coriander leaves and switch it off.
    How to make dal makhani - Step4
Serve hot with any mild puloa / soft phulkas!
Dal Makhni - Restaurant style

My Notes:

  • While pressure cooking, add the whole spices with the lentils which gives a nice flavour to the curry and also reduces the raw smell while cooking.
  • I used whole urad dal with skin, you can use splitted too.
  • For a more richer version of the gravy, add more cream reducing milk.
Dal Makhni Recipe
Written by: SHARMILEE J

45 comments:

  1. while boiling the dal...add little yogurt(little less than 1/4th cup)!!believe me the taste would be devine...

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  2. Looks yummy and love to have it with rotis.

    Vardhini
    CooksJoy

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  3. One of my favorites. Looks delicious.

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  4. What a creamy and yummy curry! The last click makes me crave for it soo badly!!

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  5. That's a comfort meal ...looks yum

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  6. I've always felt dal makhani was too rich for my taste.Love the addition of Rajma,is it usually added to the dal?The last pic of ghee rice(or is it jeera rice) with dal makes for a perfect meal:)

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  7. Dal makhani looks so delicious. Loved the last click...

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  8. dal makhani looks super delicious..very beautiful clicks..loved it!!

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  9. dal makhani is my fav..this looks awesome

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  10. delicious recipe,love it with pulao...

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  11. Delicious meal! And nice step by step pictures.

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  12. @DivyaKudua : Yes rajma is always added for the traditional dal makhani recipe and yes it is jeera rice :)

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  13. being a southindian would like to try this .. thanks for sharing in step by step way .. loved it

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  14. Nice and perfectly done daal makhani ,,loved the colour and smooth texture..

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  15. Nutritious and highly inviting dal makhani..beautifully done Sharmi.

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  16. Wow..love this dal makhani recipe....one of my favorites....rich, creamy and indulging recipe....

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  17. Love the combination of dal makhani n jeere rice..my comfort meal..:)

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  18. Yummy.. looks so rich and creamy!!! Looks perfect with jeera rice!

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  19. Love this combo anytime, looks so creamy!

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  20. the dal makhani looks creamy and delicious pics as always. a reminder that i have to make dal makhani soon...

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  21. U have patience I say! Step by step pics of Dal Makhani is not an easy task for sure. Nice clicks. This Punjabi favorite is common in our household :)

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  22. Healthy dish,creamy and rich..yum

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  23. dal makhani looks so creamy n delicious,perfect!! i too love this with Jeera rice...inviting clicks!!
    Spicy Treats

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  24. I have just got after having Dal Makhni at dinner.. Love this Dal to the core..

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  25. love the preparation n the clicks, delicious dal makhani :)

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  26. Looks delicious the dal makhani and the clicks!

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  27. Dal Makhani looks perfect. Jeera rice should have been a awesome combo !!

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  28. Love this Dal and the picture looks perfect!

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  29. My all time fav one and looks way too tempting ..yumm:)

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  30. Lovely... lovely.. http://www.gujaratonnet.com

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  31. Simply irresistible dal makhani..luv to have with rotis.

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  32. Just finished cooking dal makhani :) i'm definitely hoping for compliments... because its smelling good :D

    Today's special 'jeera rice, dal makhani and cauliflower fry' :)

    will post their feedback in an hour ;)

    Best wishes,
    Sw :)

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  33. Can I try dis wid black/white channa istead of rajma? Sorry for asking too many questiond to u...it comes as am a beginner...

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    1. Yes you can but traditionally rajma is used for dal makhani

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  34. Hi Sharmi....Really a Good Job..whenever i feel like trying something immediately i logon to your site and try!! Really your site makes cooking very easier..Regarding Dhal Makhani..I Stay in africa and here I dont get Black Urad dal. Can I use the White Urad dal to make this as deseperately i want to make this as my husband loves a lot! Please suggest.

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    1. Jonal, really not sure how the outcome will be when made with white urad dal may be you can give a try and see.

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  35. Hi Sharmi, really i like your all receipes.I tried your most receipes it came out well.Simple version is your secret,way to go.Give more and more receipes to us.

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  36. Hi sharmi, have a doubt if v dont get rajma is thr any alternate or can we just cook with black urad dhal alone.

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    1. Traditionally dal makhani is made with a combination of urad dal and rajma, but you can try skipping it...but not sure whether it will affect the taste

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  37. Hi Sharmi, What is the cream you are referring to?

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