Tuesday 13 October 2015

Dhabba Style Dal Makhni

Hi readers!
I am posting here almost after 2 months. My health was in bad shape and I was completely on bland diet. Cooked this dhabba style dal makhnni last weekend for my family because I was bored of that boiled food, so this was kind of cheat meal for me :)


  • 1 cup whole black gram (sabut urad dal)
  • 1/4 cup kidney beans (rajma)
  • 10-12 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 inch piece ginger chopped
  • salt to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick

For gravy:

  • 2 medium size onions paste
  • 3 medium size tomatoes puree
  • 2-3 green chillies finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • Kashmiri lal mirch( red chilli powder) as per taste
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
  • 3 tbsp. cooking oil


  • Soak black gram and kidney beans in water overnight or at least 5-6 hours.
  • In a pressure cooker and add 4 cups of water along with salt, bay leaves, black cardamom, cinnamon stick crushed garlic and ginger and pressure cook for 8-10 whistles or till the dal is completely cooked.
  • Once the steam is released whisk the dal till almost mashed and keep aside.
  • In a heavy bottom sauce pan heat cooking oil, add cumin seeds, when they start to splutter add chopped green chilles and  onion paste and sauté on medium flame till the onions turn light brown.
  • Next add tomato puree and cook till it leaves oil, now add coriander powder, red chilli powder and boiled dal and cook over medium flame for 10-15 mins.
  • Now add cream and cook on low flame for 2-3 minutes more.
  • Switch off the flame,  add a dollop of butter and garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with rice, parathas or naan.


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