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December 10, 2009

Dal Makhani

Dal makhani sans butter and cream makes this dish light and healthy. It's surprising that my blog which is a collection of over 160 recipes does not have a basic recipe for dal! Hence I thought of posting this simple recipe which amateur cooks will find useful.

  1. Whole Black urud dal-1 cup
  2. Oil-1 tbsp
  3. Jeera-1 tsp
  4. Chopped ginger-1 tsp
  5. Chopped garlic-2 pods
  6. Green chilli-1 slit into two
  7. Cloves-3
  8. Cinnamon-2 inch stick
  9. Onion-1 small
  10. Tomato-1
  11. Salt
  12. turmeric powder-1/4 tsp
  13. Hing-1/4 tsp
  14. Red chilli powder- according to taste
  15. Kitchen king masala-1/2 tsp


Soak dal overnight. Pressure cook till it turns soft.
Heat oil a wide pan. Add ingredients 3 to 8. Fry for a few seconds.
Add chopped onions and sprinkle some salt. Fry till they turn soft.
Add tomato and rest of the ingredients. Add some more salt. Fry till tomato turns soft.
Add cooked dal and some water  and bring the mixture to a boil.
Simmer and cook for at least 15-20 minutes. The longer it simmers, the tastier it gets.
Garnish with coriander leaves.
This recipe can be used as a base to make dal with any lentil.

It is customary to use red kidney beans along with black urud dal in this dish. It makes the gravy buttery and yummy. In this case, use 3/4 cup of black urud and 1/4 cup of red kidney beans.
For rich gravy, top it off with 1/4 cup of heavy cream and saute the veggies in butter.
Soaking is not required for mung dal/green gram dal/thur dal. Cream is not added when these lentils are used to prepare dal.


  1. excellent click..Dal makhani looks mouthwatering!!!

  2. Never trie makhaniiiii..Sounds great and nice click toooooo....

  3. yummy recipe..i too posted it yesterday..nice picture

  4. Somehow i never did at home this dhal! Pretty and delicious one!

  5. Good recipe.. Hi friend this is vijay here.. ur doing a really good job.. can we exchange links..

  6. Will have to try ur version of makhani...paka supera iruku!

  7. i love dal makhni too..i make it little different way but love the ingredients you used will mix n match next time with my recipe and your recipe..

    here is mine

  8. looks delicious. it's a family favorite :)

  9. As u said even i never did at home..have to make out soon..tempting dish..

  10. I love the fact that this is so healthy Mahima. so much better than all the butter laden creamy dals

  11. sounds delish Mahimaa. And lovely snap

  12. Lovely dal makhani..and even lovely click..

  13. this..great click too :-)

  14. Kanna,
    What a click, very colourful

  15. i love this a lot with rice...looks yumm

  16. I used to think that the cooking is time consuming, was happy not to try, but your recipe and the picture have made me resolve to try this. Bookmarked your recipe.

  17. I too make dal makhani without makhan :D I love the texture and taste of saboot urad

  18. First time here..

    Dal Makhani looks yummy!!!
    Will soon give a try

    Check my space when u find time

    with luv,

  19. Nice picture and a great recipe.. love it.

  20. Dal Makhni my all time fav.. great job.. i love ur recipes..

  21. This is one of our favorite dal recipe for parties at home, the kind the kids and guests slurp without a noise.lovely picture as usual.

  22. Nice picture & delicious one too ...........

  23. Awesome dhal Mahi :-). Bookmarked!

  24. thank you so much for your comments dear friends!

  25. You are right the urad dhal lends a creamy texture to the dhal. Looks very delicious.

  26. This is one of my favorites, loved your version ! Lovely picture as usual...

  27. Sounds good, even without the butter and cream ;)

  28. hey Mahimaa, tried ur recipe today, it was awesome!!!I was debating between vahchef, and u.....finally i chose u :))

  29. Nice post. I love dal makhni, but as I am weight conscious i like to cook it diet style. Check the recipe for diet style dal makhni here -

  30. Very nice blog. Please have a look into too for indian vegetarian recipes.


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