Thursday, June 9, 2016

Posted by Mala at 1:30:00 AM 1 comment
Dhal Makhani..... also known as Kaali dhal and Maa ki a real Punjabi delicacy. In five star hotels, it is simmered on slow fire with lots of butter, and to enhance the taste and richness, fresh cream is added.....but, here, I present to you a rich , yet , healthy version of Dhal Makhani....
Thanks to my relative who gifted me this beautiful container, which I can proudly show off in my blog posts!

Whole black urad dhal - 1/2 cup
Rajma - 2 tbsps
Milk - 1/2 cup
Onion - 1, chopped
Tomatoes - 2, pureed
Ginger-garlic paste - 1/2 tsp
Chilli powder - 1 1/2 tsps
Coriander / dhania powder - 1 tsp
Jeera powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste

For seasoning
Oil -2 tbsps
Ghee - 2 tbsps
Cardamoms - 2
Cloves - 2
Bay leaf - 1

Recipe Cuisine: North Indian;Category: Lunch/dinner
Prep time: Soaking - overnight; others - 10 mts; Cooking: 1 1/2 hours
Recipe Source: Tarla Dalal

Serves 3

Black whole urad dhal and rajma, soaked overnight, pressure cooked for 30 minutes, keeping the flames on the lowest,  and  then, mashed well

According to consistency required, some hot water added, salt to taste included, and allowed to simmer till the "tadka" (seasonings) get ready

Below pictures show the addition of salt, then chilli, coriander and jeera powders, and the addition of some water too

Tomatoes pureed

Oil and ghee heated, bay leaf and other spices added

Chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste added, and sauteed well

Bay leaf can be removed now

Tomto puree added, puree boiling well and nicely shrunk...then added to the simmering dhal mixture

mixed well

Half a cup milk added, and simmered again. Initially it will look as if the dhal has lost its rich brown colour, but at the end, the colour reappears......our faces need not sport any pallor!!!

The creamy, healthy and yet rich dhal is ready!

Serve with hot phulkas!!!

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*When butter has been totally avoided, this quantity of  oil and ghee is a must.
* While reheating, dhal might have  become thick, in that case, add some hot water.


  1. No five star restaurants needed. You can bring them into your home with such a healthy tasty dal makhani! Very very nicely made and presented.Thanks for the presentation and display.looks soo good!!


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