Sultani Dal | How to make Sultani Dal

By Bethica Das  |  24th May 2018  |  
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About Sultani Dal Recipe

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.

Sultani Dal

Ingredients to make Sultani Dal

  • 1 cup tuvar dal (split pigeon pea lentil), soaked for 30 minutes
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp. garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 10 green cardamoms
  • 10 cloves
  • 2-3 green chilies, slit
  • 1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp. red chili powder
  • salt to taste
  • 3/4 cup yoghurt, beaten
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • pinch of saffron mixed with 2 tbsp. milk/water
  • 2 betel leaves
  • 1 small charcoal
  • 1 dry red chili
  • 1 tbsp. coriander leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp. ghee

How to make Sultani Dal

  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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