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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Dal Makhani or Maa Ki Dal

Wanted to publish this Dal Makhani last month but still pending and happy that it can be done before this Holi. This Punjabi Dal delicacy and Dhaba Cuisine is traditionally prepared with soaked and slowly pressure-cooked black grams and then done with canned Rajma for an easy gravy. Otherwise, it takes about 15 - 18 mins to get it done for 4 nos at home, though this slow-cooker recipe needs about 30 - 35 mins cooking time for serving the same nos(My Mom does it better). U can also add 50 ml coconutmilk or boiled milk for a thin gravy. Serve it hot with a tsp of butter on top with rice,pulao or Indian Breads. Always remember that a Non-Spicy and thin Makhani Masala can make U eat more. Enjoy easy Cooking at home!. Enjoy Ur Meal!.

Dal Makhani or Creamy Lentils Gravy or Maa Ki Daal
1/4 cup black gram or whole black uraddall
2 tbsp red kidney bean (Rajma) both small and big size/each
1 onion - pasted or chopped finely
1 tomato - pasted or chopped finely or 1/3 cup tomato puree
2 cloves of garlic pasted with 1 cm ginger piece
1/4 tsp cumin seeds
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
a pinch of turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
2 tsp or 1 tbsp fresh lowfat cream (or 1/4 cup coconut milk or boiled milk to make it as a thin gravy)
2 tsp butter + 1 tsp oil
1.Wash the dals(lentils) and beans well and Soak them for 3 hours in drinking water.
2.Pressure-cook the dals(lentils) and beans with 1 1/2 cups water upto 4 whistles for 10 mins.Leave it till the
pressure is released.
3.In a non-stick pan, heat 1 tsp butter and oil, add cumin seeds,ginger-garlic paste,onion paste and tomato paste or puree.
4.Oil-saute them well for 3 - 4 mins or till oil begins to separate on top. Then add red chilli powder, garam
masala powder, turmeric powder and 1/2 tsp salt.
5.Add Step 2 cooked lentils and continue cooking lentils on low heat by adding 100 ml water. Cook for about 7 mins - keeping it covered and stirring it at times.
6.Stir-in fresh cream and Turn off the flame after few secs.
7.Serve it hot with a tsp of butter on top with rice,pulao or Indian Breads.

Sending this recipe to 'I'm a Star' Event hosted by Rasi Ras Cookbook
 to Spotlight : Colourful Holi Event hosted by Chandrani of Cuisine Delights

 'Midweek Fiesta' Event hosted by Amy of Food Corner
 Nupur's 'For U Mom' Event
and Holi Hai Event hosted by  'Cook ..Eat ...n Share'


Reposting the following recipes for  'EP-Coriander-Cumin' Event hosted by Julie of Erivum Puliyum.

1. Green Coriander Idli  and  2.Coriander Chicken Curry


Seema said...

I really love it....simply heaven..

Faseela said...

luks rich n creamy....yum

Surabhi said...

I jus love it..
Thank slinking 2 Holi Hai :)
Ongoing Event

Surabhi said...

seems u dint link sahi paneer URL..
plz update

Unknown said...

Dal makhani looks so creamy and yummy. Thanks for linking my event.

Cuisine Delights
My First Event - "COLOURFUL HOLI".

Rasi said...

My fav & this look absolutely delicious :)
thanks for linking it to my event!

Ongoing Event: I'm a STAR

Anonymous said...

try adding 1 heaped spoon tomato puree (market) in the end. I started adding it recenlt and it gives a hotel type kick in the dish

Christy Gerald said...

@ confusedyuppie - Thanks for the yumm Tips Dear. Great Idea!

Viya S said...

Love the picture of Daal, looks delicious!!!

Ranjana's craft blog said...

I was searching for this recipe. Thanks for sharing. So this weekend Dal Makhani

Teena said...

This is absolutely delicious!! Loved the rich gravy!!

Sangrywords said...

I am definitely going to try this ... you make it sound so easy!!

what will you be doing for Holi ??

Julie said...

yummilicious dal..Thanx for the reposts,dear!!
Please link in your entries to EP Series-Cilantro /Cumin Event

Erivum Puliyum

Bikram said...

This is simply lovely and my favourites ..
and go to punjab every dhabha will have it ..


ra said...

it almost made me call my mom and tell her how much i miss homemade dal makhani :-(

Rosh said...

My favourite! Looks so creamy :)

Do vote for your favourite recipes in the Gimme GREEN entries!

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Nupur said...

That’s one tempting recipe, looks wonderful

Thanks for linking to my event For you Mum

Anonymous said...

Delicious! I have started a recipes website on my own as well. Drawing inspiration from people like you.
Please do visit and drop in a comment or a suggestion!

Good luck and keep cooking!