Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dal Makhani (Lentils in Butter)

My husband's good friend, S, makes the most delicious version of dal makhani I have ever eaten and mind you, I have eaten a fair share. I have begged and pleaded for a recipe but like all expert cooks, he just goes by gut. His recipe? He just adds every spice he has. Well considering that we don't have the same spice box, here is my version which I have tried to make as similar to his as possible. My husbands verdict - oh this is great, creamy but not mushy, don't change anything ever. That is good enough for me. So here is dal makhani my way...


To boil lentils with:

1 cup black lentils
1/2 cup kidney beans
1/2 inch ginger root, cut in 2 pieces
2 green chilies, slit through the middle
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Little salt

To make the daal:

2 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 medium onions chopped fine
1 large tomato chopped fine or 1/2 cup tomato puree
2 green chilies choppped very fine
1 inch knob of ginger grated very fine
Pinch hing (asafoetida)
1/4 teaspoon raee (mustard seeds)
3/4 teaspoon jeera (cumin seeds)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon cream

Wash the lentils and beans in cold water. Then add the other ingredients listed and 3 cups of water. Pressure cook for 2 whistles and allow the cooker to cool naturally. When cooled, remove the ginger and chili from the lentils and beans.
In a large pot, heat the 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. After it melts add the hing, raee and jeera. When they splutter, add the onions, chilies and ginger. Saute till onions are translucent. Add the tomatoes and spices and cook for a few minutes. Add the cooked lentils and beans along with the water in which they were cooked. You may need to add additional water to reach the desired consistency. Cook on low heat for about 20-30 minutes for maximum flavor. Stir in the remaining tablespoon of butter and cream. Mix well and serve hot with roti's and sabzi, or rice.

PS: There is a giveaway going on at my site - you have a few days more to participate. Please leave a comment!

And SS sent me a lovely award. Thanks so much! Its posted under Awards and Winnings page. 


Cool Lassi(e) said...

That indeed looks creamy and perfect. I found what award you were talking about dear. I will post some favorite pictures of mine soon. I am still feeling under the weather. :(.

VineelaSiva said...

Wow the Dal makhini cme out perfect ydy only i prepare this curry.I love this curry with roti.

VineelaSiva said...

Wow the Dal makhini cme out perfect ydy only i prepare this curry.I love this curry with roti.

Hari Chandana said...

Yummy and delicious.. superb click.. :)

SS said...

Hey Cooking Foodie..
Thanks for the Honest Scrap Award.

I have seen many dal makhnai recipes which almost include curd in them. Great to see your version without which is without curd :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

CF, this looks simply delicious and so rich. You are now tempting me to prepare it :)

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

CF, thank you very much for sharing the award with it. I really appreciate it :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Wonderful comfort meal, love it.

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

looks bful and delcious dear..awesome color..pls collect ur award from my blog

Hamaree Rasoi said...

This one is my fav. Dal makhani looks very tempting. Nice click

Hamaree Rasoi

Priya said...

Wat a beautiful and nutritious dal makhani...looks awesome!!

Rachana Kothari said...

This is one of my fav again... a comforting and delicious dish!

divya said...

woww...looks very tempting and very healthy.... mouth watering clicks.. thanks for sharing..

Kiran said...

Cooking Foodie daal makahani looks very delicious and tempting.

Chetana said...

Creamy and bet delicious....too good.

Ms.Chitchat said...

Very creamy looking makhani,loved it.

Aruna Manikandan said...

Healthy delicious dal dear :-)

Jay said...

very healthy n tasty recipe...loved your perfect presentation..First time here...Wonderful collection of recipes you have...Am your new follower now...:)
You are most welcome to my space.

Nithu Bala said...

Dear, dal Makhani is my all time favourite..yummy..thanks for sharing an award with me..I loved the picture you posted..I had been to River walk @ San Antonio..

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

I have been reading a couple of recipes for the gorgeous Dal makhani and i sure wanna simmer some too!
Love ur recipe, deliciously creamy and perfectly so!!!

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