Dal Makhani is a most popular Dal preparation from Punjab region. Makhani dal is prepared with Whole Black Gram / black lentil , Kidney Beans , Butter, Spices and fresh cream. The creaminess of this dal , mild flavours of spices and smokiness from charcoal make this a super delicious and finger licking good . By looking at my intro for this Dal Makhani one can easily say that it’s one of my favourite Dal recipe.

Dal Makhani

Dal is one of the staple food in Indian Kitchen. So varieties of dal based dishes will be prepared in Indian house regularly. Dal (lentils) and Rice , Wheat (cereals) combination provides a complete protein . Other Dal recipes which I often do at home are : Dal Fry , Methi Dal , Moong Dal Rice , Bisibele bath and Pongal.

Authentic Dal Makhani is cooked on woodfire in a claypot overnight . But as there is no provision for this in modern kitchens , I do this in a short cut method by using pressure cooker. To get a perfect Dal Makhani , dal should be cooked well , it should melt in mouth. Also using smoking technique , makes this makhani dal utterly delicious.

Though Dhungar Method / Smoking technique used here is optional but I highly recommend to follow this procedure. As it gives you a very nice smokey flavour and takes the dish to a next level. This Dal Makhani is a restaurant style and I bet you will definitely love this . Dal Makhani tastes more good the following day . Slow cooking of Dal makes this dish more tastier.

Try making this restaurant style creamy delicious Dal Makhani for your weekend lunch. Serve it with Phulka , Roti , Naan , Chapati or steamed rice. Other Restaurant Style recipes on blog are Rajma Masala , Pindi Chole , Chana Masala , Shahi Paneer , Palak Paneer and Paneer Butter Masala.

RECIPE CARD FOR DAL MAKHANI RESTAURANT STYLE

Dal Makhani

Most popular lentil preparation from punjab region is lip smackingly good which rich and creamy in texture.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Soaking Time8 hrs
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Punjabi
Keyword: Gluten Free, Legumes
Calories: 292kcal
Author: Muktha H S

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Whole Black Lentil / Urad Dal
  • 1/4 Cup Rajma / Kidney Beans
  • 3 Cups Water for pressure cooking
  • 1/2 Cup onions finely chopped or 1 medium size
  • 1 Tsp Garlic Paste or 6-7 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tsp Ginger Paste or 1 inch ginger grated
  • 2-3 no's Medium size tomatoes or 1 cup tomato puree
  • 2 no's green chilli less spice , finely chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Seeds / Jeera Seeds
  • 3 no Cloves/lavang
  • 3 no Green Cardamom / Choti Elaichi
  • 1 no Black Cardamom / Bada Elaichi
  • 1 no Bay Leaf / Tej Patta
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon Stick / Dalchini , optional
  • 1/2 Tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1-2 pinch Jaiphal Powder / Nutmeg Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Kasuri Methi / Dry fenugreek powder
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Low fat cream
  • 11/2 -2 Tsp Salt or as required
  • 1 Piece Charcoal
  • 1/2 Tsp Oil

Instructions

  • Wash, rinse and soak 3/4 cup Whole Black Urad Dal and 1/4 cup Rajma/ Kidney beans overnight or 8 hours.
  • Next day , drain all water , rinse well, In a pressure cooker add Urad dal , Rajma and 3 cups of water together . 
  • Pressure cook for 10-12 whistles . Dal and rajma should be cooked completely and mushy. Allow the pressure to settle on its own.
  • Blend 2-3 medium size tomatoes in a blender/ mixer jar to a fine puree and set aside.
  • In a deep pan , kadai , heat 3 Tbsp Butter . Add in all the whole spices and fry till the spices leaves fragrant smell.
  • Now add chopped onions , fry well till they look golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste , saute well till raw smell goes off.
  • Then add chopped green chillies and tomato puree , mix well and cook till tomato changes colour.
  • Now add red chilli powder , pinch of nutmeg powder and stir well . Cook on a medium flame till fat starts to release from the corners.
  • Add cooked dal and rajma ,stock and 1.5 cups of water . Mix well and cook on a low flame till dal thickens , it takes about 15- 20 minutes on slow flame.
  • Add salt ,stir well and continue to cook ,till it reaches the desired consistency. Dal makhani should be not runny nor thick , it should have a medium consistency.
  • Add crushed Kasuri Methi and 1/4 cup of fresh cream .
  • Mix well everything. This is ready to serve , if you are not following Smoking technique / dhungar method

For Smoking Technique

  • Heat a piece of Charcoal to red hot on a direct flame . Turn it all around with the help of tongs till it become red hot evenly.
  • Then place this Red hot charcoal in a small bowl and add 1/2 tsp of oil/ghee over the hot charcoal.
  • Place this bowl inside the prepared Dal Makhani and close the lid tightly for 2 minutes such that smoke flavour infuse into the food.
  • Open the lid , remove the charcoal bowl. Stir well dal and serve hot accompanied with onion rings and lemon wedges.

Step by Step Directions on making of Dal Makhani :

 Wash, rinse and soak 3/4 cup Whole Black Urad Dal and 1/4 cup Rajma/ Kidney beans overnight or 8 hours.          Dal Makhani

Next day , drain all water , rinse well, In a pressure cooker add Urad dal , Rajma and 3 cups of water together . Pressure cook for 10-12 whistles . Dal and rajma should be cooked completely and mushy. Allow the pressure to settle on its own.

Dal Makhani

Blend 2-3 medium size tomatoes in a blender/ mixer jar to a fine puree and set aside.

In a deep pan , kadai , heat 3 Tbsp Butter . Add in all the whole spices and fry till the spices leaves fragrant smell.

Dal Makhani

Now add chopped onions , fry well till they look golden brown. Add ginger garlic paste , saute  well till raw smell goes off.

Dal Makhani

Then add chopped green chillies and tomato puree , mix well and cook till tomato changes colour.

Dal Makhani

Now add red chilli powder , pinch of nutmeg powder and stir well . Cook on a medium flame till fat starts to release from the corners.

Dal Makhani

Add cooked dal and rajma ,stock and 1.5 cups of water .

Dal Makhani

Mix well and cook on a low flame till dal thickens , it takes about 15- 20 minutes on slow flame.

Dal Makhani

Add salt ,stir well and continue to cook ,till it reaches the desired consistency.

Dal Makhani

Dal makhani should be not runny nor thick , it should have a medium consistency. Add crushed Kasuri Methi and 1/4 cup of fresh cream .

Dal Makhani

Mix well everything. This is ready to serve , if you are not following Smoking technique / dhungar method.

Dal Makhani

For Smoking Technique

Heat a piece of Charcoal to red hot on a direct flame . Turn it all around with the help of tongs till it become red hot. Then place this Red hot charcoal in a small bowl and add 1/2 tsp of oil/ghee.

Dal Makhani

Place this bowl inside the prepared Dal Makhani and close the lid tightly for 2 minutes such that smoke flavour infuse into the food.

Dal Makhani

Open the lid , remove the bowl and stir well .

Dal Makhani

Serve hot accompanied with onion rings and lemon wedges.

Dal Makhani
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