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Dal makhani

whole urad dal cooked with spices

Recipe by usha of dubai, AE

my son loves this dal with naan

Ingredients vegetarian 4 servings

    • 1 Cup whole urad(black) daal
    • 1 Onion (finely chopped)
    • 3 Green chilies (finely chopped)
    • 1 tbsp Rajma
    • Chopped coriander leaves
    • 4-5 Flakes garlic paste
    • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
    • ½ tsp Turmeric powder
    • 1 Tomato, finely chopped
    • ½ Cup stirred curd
    • ½ Cup fresh stirred cream
    • 2 tbsp Butter
    • 1 Inch ginger piece
    • ½ tsp Dhania powder
    • ½ tsp Garam masala
    • • Red chili powder to taste
    • • Salt to taste


    1. Soak Rajma overnight in water.
    2. Pressure cook urad daal and rajma with water and little salt. Cook for about 25 minutes.
    3. Mash the mixture and again cook for 15-20 minutes.
    4. Add cream and curd to the daal. Heat oil in a kadhai. Saute cumin seeds and add garlic paste. Fry the paste till light brown.
    5. Add onions and saute till golden brown.
    6. Add tomatoes, ginger, and green chilies. Fry till tomatoes turn soft.
    7. Now add turmeric powder, dhania powder, chili powder, and salt. Fry for a few minutes.
    8. Reduce the flame to medium. Add daal and stir. Remove from the flame as soon as it begins to boil. Add garam masala powder.
    9. Garnish with chopped coriander and add butter.
    10. Serve with naan or jeera rice


    Sananda Mazumdar

    Hi Usha, Thanks for the receipe. This is the first time I tried dal Makhani, and it was superb according to all the guests.


    halo usha... this dal makhani is awesome


    in the point no 3 u have mentioned to cook he dals again for 15-20 min ... is tht in the cooker or in a kadhai ,... i am connfused.


    Hi Usha, this dal is very commonly made in India,yours is good but nothing different. Instead , you should be more systematic in your ingredients, like the fresh ones and the dry pwds. should be seperate.Then you have missed out the soaking of urad dal. Best wishes.


    hi there!thanks a ton 4 such an easy way 2 make it.cant wait 2 see my husband's reaction.



    hi shalini, thanks.glad u liked it. usha



    Hi Usha, Thanx a lot for this recipe. This is awesome!!!!!