Dal Makhani (Serves:3-4, Preparation Time:1 hour)


  • 100 gms whole black lentils 
  • 40 gms kidney beans
  • 50-60 gms butter OR 1 tbsp oil
  • Pinch of asafoetida
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2-3 tomatoes pureed
  • 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp peeled and finely grated ginger
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp roasted and ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
For Garnish
  • Fresh coriander leaves finely chopped
  • Ginger juliennes
  • Green chillies
  • 2 tbsp cream
  •  Wash the black lentils and kidney beans and soak them overnight in about 300 ml water

  • To the lentils and kidney beans add salt and turmeric powder; add additional water (besides the water in which the lentils were soaked-about 100 ml) and pressure cook on full flame, after first whistle, simmer and cook for about 15-20 minutes or till the lentils and kidney beans are tender

  • OR  place in a saucepan with the water in which the lentils were soaked and add more (about 100 ml) water if required, add salt and turmeric; cover and cook for about half an hour or till the lentils are tender

  • In a separate pan, heat butter/oil, add asafoetida and stir, add ginger and garlic, fry till they are brown, now tip in the onion, green chillies and fry till light brown

  • Add coriander powder, red chilli powder and ground cumin and roast the spices for sometime, add pureed tomatoes and cook for another 5-7 minutes

  • Add the boiled lentils and kidney beans, add some more boiled water if required, simmer and let it cook for about 30-45 minutes (Simmering on low flame, brings out the real flavor in ‘Dal Makhani’)

  • Add garam masala

  • Serve and swirl in the cream, garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves, ginger juliennes and vertically cut green chillies

For Navratras, you could avoid adding the onions and garlic; it’ll still taste YUMMY!!

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Shashank says:

    Its great bhabhi….

  2. Ishita says:

    Thanks, try it at home sometime!!

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