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Dal Makhani

Sujata Limbu
5 minutes
Prep Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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This authentic Punjabi cuisine dish is a classic that tastes creamy and heavenly.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • Punjabi
  • Simmering
  • Boiling
  • Sauteeing
  • Side Dishes

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 200 grams split urad daal
  2. 2 large sized onions, thinly sliced
  3. 2 large sized tomatoes, finely chopped
  4. 1-2 green chillies, slit
  5. 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 2 inch piece of ginger, minced
  7. 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  8. 1 tsp cumin powder
  9. 2 tsp coriander powder
  10. A pinch of asafoetida
  11. 1 tsp cumin seeds
  12. 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  13. 2 tbsp ghee
  14. 130 ml heavy cream, whisked
  15. salt to taste


  1. Soak the dal in a bowl of water, preferably overnight or for a minimum of 2-3 hours.
  2. Boil this soaked dal along with 1 sliced onion, green chillies, asafoetida and salt to taste. Let it cook till it is tender.
  3. In a pan, heat the oil and fry the left over onion till it is soft. Then add the ginger and garlic together, fry them for a minute. Next add the powder spices and tomatoes, fry this mixture for another 5 minutes.
  4. Now add the softened dal mixture into this pan, also pour in enough water to make a thick gravy-like consistency and mix it well. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. After this time, pour in the whisked cream and mix it well together. Turn off the stove.
  6. In another small pan, heat the ghee and add the cumin seeds and cook till they splutter. Pour this into the dal makhani and mix it well together.
  7. Serve this dish hot with a side of butter chicken and naans.

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shilpi singh
shilpi singh   Jun-05-2016

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