Dal Makhani

Posted: May 11, 2011 by incidentalcooksuman in Curries, Dal/Lentils soup, Dinner, Indian Food
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Making dal in our home is day-to-day affair. Everyday in the afternoon, mom will make dal chawal and some sabzi for lunch. And after coming from school we used to have this meal. While working, when I used to get home for dinner, I have to have some dal chawal to complete my meal. Dal makhani is an exotic version of simple dal dish. Whenever we used to have some guests at home, this will surely be on the menu. Its something different than usual dals.

Usually dal makhani is made with whole urad dal but mom also combines small kidney beans and channa dal to make this. obviously I am going to follow the same recipe which  always taste wonderful with hot rotis and rice.

Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani


  • 1/2 cup whole urad dal
  • 3 tablespoon small kidney beans/Rajma
  • 2 tablespoon bengal gram(Channa dal)
  • 2 whole dried red chillies
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped
  • 1 green chilli, chopped
  • 3 tablespoon crushed tomato
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani


  • Soak all of the lentils (urad, rajma and channa dal) in water for 6 hours, or preferably overnight.
  • Drain the water and pressure cook the lentils in about 2 cups of water, salt to taste for 3 whistles.
  • Let the pressure cooker cool down and then open the lid, see if the rajma is soft and cooked throughly.Mash the lentils lightly with the back of a ladle.
  • Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat, add cumin seeds, red chilli and  when they begin to change color, add chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies and saute until the onions are translucent.
  • Add crushed tomatoes, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, salt to taste and cook for 3-4 minutes more.
  • Add the cooked dal along with the cooking liquid. Add some water if the dal is too thick.
  • Cook on low heat for about 2-3 minutes. Add the cream and mix everything.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves to serve.
Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani

  1. Raks says:

    Wonderful recipe! Using olive oil is a healthy option! Will try that way next time!

  2. I love that daal is common in your house. I enjoy daal but no one in my family’s a big fan so we don’t have it all that often. Maybe daal makhani is the answer? 🙂

  3. Pushpa says:

    Nutritious and yummy dal.

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  5. nammi says:

    yumm, that looks so tempting, salivating here 🙂

  6. Pam says:

    It looks flavorful and delicious.

  7. Joyti says:

    Such a perfect comfort food…yum.

  8. kshipra says:

    yummy dal, my fav and beautiful clicks too.

  9. I love when mum makes them …nostalgic! looks wonderful suman!

  10. Sarah Naveen says:

    This is what i need now..so so perfect and fabulously yummy!!! nice clicks too

  11. Karen says:

    Hi, this is my first time visiting your blog. I love Indian food and have already seen lots of great recipes here that I’d love to try. Looking forward to exploring more of your lovely blog!
    – Karen

  12. Wowwwwwww.. Looks simply amazing and tempting.. thanks for the awesome recipe.. beautiful presentation too !!
    Indian Cuisine

  13. biny Anoop says:

    dat look so authentic…..wow nice colour….

  14. Nandini says:

    It exactly looks like the restaurant type! It’s nutritious! Awesome with naans…

  15. Looks super Suman! I could drink the whole bowl 🙂 great dish dear

  16. Swathi says:

    Dal makhani looks awesome and rich, Love any kind of dals as my hubby is ultimate fan of dals.

  17. Dal Makhani looks finger licking good.

  18. Harika says:

    Dal makhani looks superb and perfect with rotis……awesome

  19. Great combo and looks yummy! Love the use of various lentil in this recipe…

  20. Looks so delicious and Rich …my family fav:)

  21. aipi says:

    Delicious! wish could have taken out the whole platter/pot from the screen ~ very nicely done!
    US Masala

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