Dal Makhani

Daal Makhani - Indian Curry ShackPopularly known as Maa Ki Daal. It has a velvety texture and is a delicacy of Punjab. Made with a combination of Urad Dal and Rajma.

Preparation Time 15-20 minutes
Cooking Time 35-40 minutes
Servings 4
Main Ingredients Whole Black Gram (Sabut Urad) & Red Kidney Beans (Rajma)
Course Main-course
Level Of Cooking Medium


  • Whole Black Gram (Sabut Urad)  3/4 cup
  • Red Kidney Beans (Rajma)  2 tablespoons
  • Onion Chopped  1 large
  • Ginger  2 inch piece
  • Garlic  5-6 cloves
  • Tomatoes  2 medium
  • Green Chilli Slit  1
  • Chopped Coriander  2 tablespoons
  • Cumin Seeds  1/2 teaspoon
  • Turmeric  1/2 teaspoon
  • Red Chilli Powder  1 teaspoon
  • Salted Butter  3 tablespoons
  • Fresh Cream  1/2 cup (alternative Milk  1/4 cup)
  • Salt  to taste


Step 1
Clean, wash and soak the sabut urad and rajma in 3 cups of water overnight or for at least 7-8 hours before cooking.

Daal Makhani - While Cooking - Indian Curry ShackStep 2
Pressure cook sabut urad and rajma in the water they were soaked in, with salt, half the red chilli powder, chopped onions and tomatoes  for seven whistles. Open the lid and see if the dals are totally soft. If not cook on low heat till the rajma becomes totally soft.

Step 3
Heat half the butter in a small pan and add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds crackle, add chopped ginger and garlic, slit green chilli and the remaining red chilli powder.  Add the mix to the dal. Add some water if the mixture is too thick.  Add garam masala powder and salt if required and simmer for 10 minutes or till the dals are soft and well blended.

Step 4
Add the cream (or milk) and mix well. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.

Step 5
Serve hot garnished with the remaining butter and coriander leaves with Jeera Rice or Naan (Indian bread).

Relish your Palate!

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