Dal Makhani - Dal Makhani recipe - How to prepare Dal Makhani
Dal makhani is a very popular Punjabi dish and it can be called the Queen of all dals. Here is a very simple and easy way to prepare Dal Makhani -
Whole black gram - 1/2 cup
Rajma/Red Kidney beans - 2 tbsp
Tomato puree - 1 cup
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 6 cloves
Dry red chillies - 2 (soak it in water for 15 minutes)
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Coriander powder - 2 tsp
Garam masala powder - 1 tsp
Kasuri methi - 3/4 tsp (optional)
Chilli powder - 1 tsp
Butter - 2 tbsp
Cream - 2 tbsp (optional)
Oil - 1 tbsp
Cumin seeds/jeera - 1 tsp
Grind ginger, garlic and red chilies together to a smooth paste.
Soak both the dals together for 6-7 hours or overnight.Wash it well, add 3 cups of water, half of the ginger- garlic-red chilli paste, salt, turmeric powder and pressure cook for 5 whistles, then simmer and cook for another 15 minutes. The dal should be soft. Mash it a little with the back of the ladle. Keep aside.
Heat oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, when they sizzle, add finely chopped onions and saute till onions turn golden brown.
Now add the remaining ginger-garlic-chilli paste and saute for a few minutes.
Then add coriander powder, chilli powder, garam masala powder, kasuri methi (crush it between your palms and add ),tomato puree, butter and let everything get cooked well till the raw smell goes.
Now add the cooked dal along with water. Add salt needed. (add less as we have already cooked dal with salt). Cook on low flames for another 15 - 20 minutes till everything gets blended well.
Stir in cream and cook for another 3 minutes.
Serve hot with any Indian bread, rice or vegetable pulao or Peas pulao or any Pulav of your choice.
This recipe serves 4 persons.
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