Monday, March 14, 2016


Dal Makhani (buttery lentil) is a very popular dish of India and Pakistan. A popular North Indian dish with mixed dals. This dish is very rich in protein as it contains variety of dals  added according to our choice.The main ingredient in Dal makhani is Black lentil (urad dal) with red kidney beans (rajma), butter and cream. This tastes same as  butter chicken prepared with lentils. Traditional preparation of dal makhani is time consuming. But with the availability of modern equipment's like pressure cooker, the preparation of dal makhani becomes quite simple and less time consuming. Here is the recipe of how to make delicious creamy restaurant style Dal makhani at home.


Toor dhal                          - 1 and a half cup
Red kidney beans            - 2 tbsp
Masoor dal                     - quarter a cup
Moong dal                       - quarter a cup
Onion                               - 1, chopped
Tomato puree                   - 4 tbsp
Red chili powder              - 1 tsp
Green chilies                    - 1 
Ginger garlic chopped     - half a tsp
Cumin seed                       - half a tsp
Butter                                - 4 tbsp
Fresh Cream                     - 3 tbsp (can add more)


  • Wash and mix the dals and the beans well. Soak them for 4 hours or over night. Then pressure cook it for 3 whistles or until soft. When done, open the lid and mash the cooked dal well when it is hot and set aside.
  • Heat a wok with butter. When hot, splutter cumin seeds and then add onion, ginger garlic chopped, green chilies. Stir fry then until done. Then add tomato puree and stir well for few minutes.
  • Then add the cooked mashed dal along with salt, red chili powder and bring to boil. Let it cook for few minutes on a low flame. 
  • Finally add the fresh cream, mix well and garnish with cilantro.
  • Serve hot with rice, chappathi..
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