Dal Makhni


I have made this dal quite a few times yet I missed blogging about it. I checked and rechecked the blog to confirm I hadn’t written about it before. Well, I haven’t as yet and so here it is. The best part is that the daughter too loves it and we make it for lunch.


Recipe from here

Serves 3-4


3/4 cup Whole black urad dal

2 tbsp Rajma / Kidney beans

3 cups Water

1 Onion, medium

2 Green chillies

2 tsp Ginger garlic paste

2 Tomatoes

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds

2-3 Cloves

2 Cardamom

1″ Cinnamon stick

1/2 tsp Red chilly powder

1/2 tsp Kasoori Methi

1/4 cup Milk

3 tbsp Unsalted butter




  • Soak the urad dal and rajma overnight or for 8 hours in sufficient water
  • Pressure cook both with 3 cups of water for 5-6 whistles or till the dal is fully cooked
  • Mash and keep aside
  • Chop the tomatoes and blend in a mixer to a purée
  • Chop the onions finely
  • Heat butter in a pan and add cumin seeds, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon
  • After 1-2 minutes, add the chopped onions and green chillies
  • Add the Ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw smell goes away
  • Add the pureed tomatoes and red chilly powder
  • Cook till the fat separates, around 5 minutes
  • Add the smashed lentils and 1/2 cup of water
  • Add salt and simmer for 15-20 minutes till it reaches the desired consistency
  • Add more water if gets too thick
  • Add milk and let it simmer for another 10 minutes (usually cream is added but I substitute with milk which is easily available and works well for me)
  • Add kasuri methi and turn off the gas
  • Serve hot with rotis or rice
  • Enjoy!


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10 Comments Add yours

  1. Varada says:

    Nutritious and protein rich recipe. Great side for any meal.

  2. Can I pull up that bucket? Just looks perfect and droolworthy…

  3. harini says:

    A classic Punjabi dish and not so popular at home though I love it.

  4. Sandhiya says:

    Classic Dal recipe, tastes great with both rotis and rice. Looks totally yummy and creamy. I do have these cute bucket 🙂

  5. Srivalli Jetti says:

    hahaha..I am glad you checked and rechecked..there have been a couple of instances when I checked and yet didn’t get it, but while posting got it somehow and then had to recook something else!..that dal makhani looks sinful!

  6. Priya Suresh says:

    How nutritious this dish will be na, dunno why am yet to make and post in my space. Delicious and healthy dal makhani.

  7. code2cook says:

    dal makhani is looking creamy and very inviting. Great share.

  8. Annapurnaz says:

    This is one such dish that has to be on the table either we go out to dine or there are some guests visiting us. YOu have made it perfectly

  9. chefmireille says:

    dal looks so creamy and luscious

  10. Dal Makahni is our family gfavorite dish to pair with naan on weekends. Looks so delicious and creamy.

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