Dal Makhani is a wonderful dish from Punjab, prepared from Rajma (Kidney Beans) & Urad Dal (Black Gram). This awesome Dal dish is popularly known as “Maa Ki Dal” & very famous as one of the main dishes of North Indian Cuisine. This Punjabi delicacy is medium spicy in taste & cooked with much care & preparation. The appearance of Dal Makhani is beautiful with a yellowish colour & you can see pieces of Rajma spreading over the bowl. This dish is comprised of highly nutritious food grains.
The dish has got creamy buttery gravy of Black gram & kidney beans. The cooking process is not so difficult & takes approximately 70 to 80 minutes including the preparation time of 30 minutes. Around 12 ingredients are required to cook this heavy preparation of Dal Makhani & the ingredients are:
Ingredients of Dal Makhani (Serve 4-5 Persons)
Whole Black Gram (Urad Dal) ½ Cup
Red Kidney Beans (Rajma) 2 Tablespoons
Onion (Finely Chopped) 1 Medium
Salt As per your taste
Ginger-garlic paste 1 Tablespoon
Cumin Seeds 1 Teaspoon
Chilli Powder ½ Teaspoon
Dry Red Chillies 2-3
Coriander Powder ½ Teaspoon
Kasuri Methi Powder 1 Teaspoon
Chopped Coriander leaves few
Garam Masala Powder 1 Teaspoon
Butter 2 Tablespoon
Oil 1 Teaspoon
Bay Leaves 2
Tomato Puree 2 (Medium Size)
Cream ¼ Cup
Turmeric Powder 1 pinch
Preparation & Cooking:
Mix Rajma & Urad Dal together & wash properly. Now soak the Dal for about 8 hours (overnight). Cook this Dal with 3 cup of water, little salt & turmeric powder in a Pressure Cooker. You need to Pressure cook it till the Dal will be completely soft.
Heat a little amount of oil in a frying pan & add Cumin Seeds, Bay leaves. Let the cumin seeds crack. Now add chopped onion & fry till it would become golden in colour, then you can add the ginger-garlic paste. Once you feel the smell of cooked ginger-garlic, add the Tomato Puree into the pan & mix it well for around 5-6 minutes in a medium flame. Now add chilli powder, coriander powder, bit salt & Garam Masala Powder. Let it cook for about 3 minutes & add butter into it. Stir it properly & cook for further 4-5 minutes. Make sure that the butter & Masala has cooked really well. Then add the boiled Dal into it. Pour half cup of water & continuously mix the Dal. Bring it to boil. Now at the final stage add the Kasuri Methi Powder & mix well for around 10 minutes. Now add the cream into it & mix well. Cover the pan & cook for another 5 minutes in a slow flame. Take out from flame & the dish is ready for garnishing.
Spread some chopped coriander & green chillies after placing the Dal in a bowl. This dish is known as the King of all Dal dishes. So, enjoy it with hot Chapatti or Steam rice.