December 08, 2010

Dal Makhani (Lentils in cream)

A perfect blanket for the cold winters, the recipe will warm your heart and envelope your soul in its smooth astounding flavors!

A stew of sorts, traditionally this dal requires cooking on low flame /charcoals for hours to lend the creamy flavor. But today, along with cooking it low and slow in our modern kitchens , dollops of cream and butter also lend to its buttery texture. 

  • 1 cup black gram whole
  • 1/4 cup red kidney beans/ rajma
  • 1/4 cup yellow gram/ chana ki dal
Mix and soak the three lentils in water for atleast 8 hours , preferably overnight.

For the chaunk or gravy:
  • 4-5 tsp Ghee
  • 1/2 tsp Whole cumin seeds
  • 2 Cloves
  • A stick of cinnamon
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1/2 n onion, chopped fine
  •  4-5 cloves of garlic, grated
  • An inch of ginger, grated
  • A green chilly, grated
  • 2 Tomatoes, skinned and pureed
  • 1/2 tsp Red chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp Garam masala
  • 2 tsp Dry fenugreek leaves, crushed
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • Butter, drops of hot mustard oil and chopped coriander to garnish

Take the soaked lentils and boil or pressure cook them along with 2 cloves of garlic, freshly grated ginger and green chilly, salt and turmeric powder, till done.

Take a deep vessel, heat the ghee and add cumin, cloves, cinnamon stick and bay leaves. Once the cumin crackles, add onion , rest of garlic . Stir till translucent, add the tomato puree and cook for 3-4 minutes. Now add red chili powder, garam masala , stir and keep cooking till a film of ghee is in sight. Now add the boiled lentils, mix and keep the flame on low to medium. Add fenugreek leaves and simmer the dal for 45 mins to an hour on low flame. Keep an eye as the dal simmers.

Now add cream and butter and mix, bring to a boil. Add some warm milk if the dal gets too thick.

Serve in a bowl with a garnish of greens- corainder/ chillies and embellish it with drops of hot mustard oil (un refined oil)

Devour with Naan or rice. Enjoy!


  1. What a lovely click and i love that silver vessel holding the dal makhani. simple recipe...


  2. i luv the creamy texture of Dal Makhani Bukhara, looks healthy and delicious dish.

  3. Had been on my todo list for long...urs tempts me more

  4. Always wanted to cook this dish... will try it soon


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