Dal Makhni 2 ways

1 hr 10 mins
Serves 4 people
Author: Rajni Ram
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Dal Makhni or Dal Makhani is one of the all-time favourite dishes of my family, whenever we are at a North Indian joint. So I have tasted many versions of it and used to make this recipe at one point in time with cream, as most recipes suggest. I found the dal to be heavy when made this way and then I chanced upon the recipe for Dal Makhni that I’m blogging now on a spice packet, I tried it and it tasted almost like the restaurant ones, so have been following this recipe for a long time now.

Dal Makhni is a dish from Punjab and the main ingredients are black lentils( Black Urad dal whole) Rajma, butter and other spices and condiments. It gets the creamy texture and taste from butter and slow cooking. The longer you cook it on low fire, the tastier. That said, this dal can be made without butter/ cream too. And it tastes all the same.

While you are here please checkout my other recipes like Choley, Pakode wali Dal, Sabut Moong Dal, Rajma,  Dhaniya Paneer Korma, Orange Cauliflower, Tomato Coconut Chutney, and more…

Here is the recipe of Dal Makhni for you

Ingredients

Ingredients

  1. Black Whole Urad 200 gm ( black lentils) Soaked overnight
  2. Rajma 1 handful (soaked overnight)
  3. Chana dal 1 tbsp.
  4. Garlic 8 pods (finely chopped)
  5. Ginger 1-inch piece chopped
  6. Butter 2 tbsp
  7. Tomato 3 medium pureed
  8. Salt as per taste
  9. Red chilli powder 1 tsp( more if you like it spicy)
  10. Dal makhani masala 1.5 tbsp
  11. Kasoori Methi 1 tsp crushed
  1. Assemble all ingredients. Soak the dals overnight.
  2. Cook the soaked dal in a pressure cooker along with some garlic and the ginger and a piece of cinnamon stick for 8 to 10 whistles.
  3. Take some butter in a pan and heat. Put in the Cinnamon stick and garlic and fry for 1/2 a minute. The garlic must not turn brown. Add in the crushed Kasoori Methi and fry for a minute.
  4. Now add in the pureed tomatoes followed by salt, red chilli powder and Dal Makhani masala and cook. Cook until the butter floats/ forms a layer on top.
  5. Now add the cooked dal, stir nicely and add 2 cups of water and cook on low fire for 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. After 30 mins put off the stove and add a tablespoon( or more)of butter to the dal and garnish with chopped coriander.

Steps To Make Jain Style Dal Makhni (Without Garlic or onion):

  1. In a Pan, add 2 Tbsp Besan/Chickpea flour, and dry roast until a nice aroma wafts through. Take care to do this process on low heat, as the flour may burn and will have to be discarded if that happens. Keep stirring the flour until it turns fragrant and a light brown. Set aside. Heat 1 tbsp Ghee/Butter in a Pan. Add ginger and fry 10 seconds, add Kasoori Methi and fry for 10 seconds. Now add 1 tbsp of the roasted gram flour, and fry it in the ghee/butter for 30 seconds.
  2. Now add the Dal Makhni Masala, and fry it in the ghee for 30 seconds, if the masala looks very dry, add another 1/2 tbsp of oil and fry until the rawness of the powders is gone.Take care not to burn the masala. Now add the tomato puree and the cooked dal, and mix well. Further add, salt, and red chilli powder, followed by a cup of water. Allow the Dal to slow cook for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Finally, add butter, and garnish with Coriander leaves or Kasoori Methi(dry Fenugreek leaves), and switch off the flame. Serve hot with Parathas, Roti or Jeera Rice.

Soak the Black Urad, Rajma and Chana dal overnight. Once soaked put them in a pressure cooker with 2 pods of garlic and the ginger and cook for 6 to 8 whistles. Heat 1 tbsp butter in a pan and heat. Put in the Cinnamon stick and garlic and fry don’t brown them. Add in the Kasoori Methi and fry for half a minute. Now add the tomato puree and cook for 3 minutes. Add in the Dal Makhni masala, Red chilli powder, salt and cook until the butter floats. Lightly mash the cooked dals and add them to the tomato mixture. Stir nicely and add 2 cups water and reduce the heat and cook on low fire for about 25 to 30 minutes. Switch off the stove and add another tablespoon of butter and garnish with finely chopped coriander. Creamy Dal Makhni is ready to serve. This Dal goes really well with Parathas, Roti, Jeera rice and other Indian bread. Enjoy and Bon Appetit.

To Make Jain Style Dal Makhni (Without Garlic or onion):

In a Pan, add 2 Tbsp Besan/Chickpea flour, and dry roast until a nice aroma wafts through. Take care to do this process on low heat, as the flour may burn and will have to be discarded if that happens. Keep stirring the flour until it turns fragrant and a light brown. Set aside. Heat 1 tbsp Ghee/Butter in a Pan. Add ginger and fry 10 seconds, add Kasoori Methi and fry for 10 seconds. Now add 1 tbsp of the roasted gram flour, and fry it in the ghee/butter for 30 seconds. Now add the Dal Makhni Masala, and fry it in the ghee for 30 seconds, if the masala looks very dry, add another 1/2 tbsp of oil and fry until the rawness of the powders is gone.Take care not to burn the masala. Now add the tomato puree and the cooked dal, and mix well. Further add, salt, and red chilli powder, followed by a cup of water. Allow the Dal to slow cook for 10-15 minutes. Finally, add butter, and garnish with Coriander leaves or Kasoori Methi(dry Fenugreek leaves), and switch off the flame. Serve hot with Parathas, Roti or Jeera Rice.

 

Notes:

  1. The Chana dal/ Yellow Lentils give the creaminess to this dish, so don’t do away with it, at the same time don’t put too much of it or the taste may vary.
  2. If you don’t have Dal Makhni Masala, use a small quantity of garam masala. For the measures that are given above 2 tsp garam masala should be sufficient.
  3. Adding Kashmiri red chilli powder will give the dish a good colour. I have added a mix of both regular red chilli powder and Kashmiri red chilli powder, so that spice and colour are balanced.
  4. Please note that to make Jain style Dal Makhni the measures of ingredients remain the same. Only the garlic has been excluded and the roasted gram flour has been added.
  5. The dish Dal Makhni does not make use of onions.

 

If you tried this recipe and liked it please comment below. I would love to hear from you.

4 thoughts on "Dal Makhni 2 ways"

  1. Alpana says:

    Awesome

    1. Rajni Ram says:

      Thank You so much.

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