Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )

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Dal makhani or maa di dal, as it is popularly known in the punjab, with its smooth velvety texture and lovely flavour is a delicacy that is very much a dish of the punjab. Every punjabi restaurant, roadside eating place and food stall vendor makes the claim that this is a delicacy that they alone can make to perfection. This my own tested recipe dare i claim it as the best?
dal makhani is traditionally cooked on a low flame overnight and allowed to thicken. Using a pressure cooker helps cook the dal in a jiffy. Serve hot with naans.

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Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:     Makes 4 servings
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  1. Clean, wash and soak the whole urad and rajma overnight.
  2. Drain, add 2 cups of water and salt and pressure cook for 7 whistles or till the dals are overcooked.
  3. Allow the steam to escape before opening the lid.
  4. Whisk till the dal is almost mashed. Keep aside.
  5. For the tempering, heat the butter in a deep pan and add the cumin seeds.
  6. When the cumin seeds crackle, add the green chillies, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, and onions and sauté till the onions turn golden brown in colour.
  7. Add the ginger-garlic paste,chilli powder, turmeric powder and tomato puree and cook over a medium flame till the mixture leaves oil.
  8. Add the dal, salt and approx 2 to 3 tbsp water if required and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  9. Add the cream and mix well. Simmer for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  10. Serve hot garnished with coriander and fresh cream.

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Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 25 Jul 14 03:44 PM

Just made it by instant method instead of waiting overnight. For this, soak the whole urad in hot water for 2 hours and then use pressure cooking principle allow 15 whilsts, then let the air escape and use smasher to make the cooked urad more smoother. then follow the above steps by kitchen queen. I love her and really miss her.
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 25 Jul 14 02:49 PM

Love this recipe.
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 19 May 14 08:05 AM

Ma'am, This was very very easy to follow and came out absolutely delicious. Thank you for such no-nonsense cooking videos. It is a great help to novices like us.
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 19 Feb 14 10:37 PM

a smooth, healthy and simple dal! absolutely delicious!! one could cut down on the cream if counting calories. and personally, i added powdered garam masalas. they enhanced the flavour. and it was less of a bother when serving younger children. once again, thank you tarlaji!
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 14 Jun 13 01:00 PM

Dal Makhani is 1st on my list when dining out...I love this rich dal recipe, it is very close to the dal makhani you get in restaurants...Worth a try !
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 11 Dec 12 06:50 PM

yes myfamily enjoy this recipe
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 16 Sep 12 07:28 PM

turned out yummy thanks for the recipe.
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 12 May 12 12:53 PM

A perfect restaurant taste. Instead of fresh tomato puree I use readymade tomato puree. However I added a pinch of sugar to compensate for the little sourness of readymade tomato puree.
Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 04 May 12 08:03 AM

Dal Makhani ( Punjabi Recipe )
 on 23 Jan 12 10:31 PM

Turned out very well. Tasty and easy to make.
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