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Sultani Dal

Bethica Das
30 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
4 People
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This is a Mughlai style dal very popular in many North Indian restaurants. A very rich and a creamy preparation, it is best enjoyed with tandoori roti, kulcha or naan. Country.....UAE.

Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Dinner Party
  • Mughlai
  • Main Dish

Ingredients Serving: 4

  1. 1 cup tuvar dal (split pigeon pea lentil), soaked for 30 minutes
  2. 1 tbsp. butter
  3. 1 tbsp. oil
  4. 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  5. 2 tsp. garlic, chopped
  6. 1 onion, chopped
  7. 10 green cardamoms
  8. 10 cloves
  9. 2-3 green chilies, slit
  10. 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  11. 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  12. salt to taste
  13. 3/4 cup yoghurt, beaten
  14. 1/2 cup milk
  15. 1/4 cup cream
  16. pinch of saffron mixed with 2 tbsp. milk/water
  17. 2 betel leaves
  18. 1 small charcoal
  19. 1 dry red chili
  20. 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  21. 1 tsp. ghee


  1. Dry roast the cardamoms and cloves for a few seconds. When cool, grind it and keep aside. Keep the charcoal on the open flame and let it burn till it turns red.
  2. Pressure cook the lentils in 2 cups water, turmeric powder and red chili powder for 4-5 whistle. Blend well with a hand blender till it is well mashed.
  3. Heat butter and oil in a pan. Temper with 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds and saute till it stops crackling, Add 1 tsp. garlic and saute till it changes colour.
  4. Add the onion and fry till light brown. Add the cooked dal, salt, yoghurt, milk and green chilies. Bring it to a boil and add the cardamom powder, saffron and cream. Mix to combine well.
  5. Now place the betel leaves on the cooked dal and place the live charcoal on it. Pour a tsp. of oil over it and immediately cover with a lid for 10 minutes. This is how you will get a good smokey flavour.
  6. Remove the betel leaves and the charcoal. Heat ghee in a pan and temper with the remaining cumin seeds and dry red chili. After it stops crackling, add the remaining garlic and saute till it changes colour.
  7. Pour this tempering on the dal and serve, garnished with coriander leaves and a drizzle of some cream.

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