Sep 8, 2009

One more from the garden of lentils- Dal Makhani

Food sustains life, food is so much more than food, and food brings people together. To eat something you like, it has to taste good; to taste good it has to have ingredients and the perfect 'X' factor added to make it taste good….
Dal is a dish which is a part of every typical Indian meal …the typical thali (Round plate) which has roti, subzi dal and rice with salad and other such mouth watering dishes. Ask any of the celebrity what his or her favorite food is …pat comes the answer Dal…chawaal…!!!
Everyone has a taking for dal and I am no less, hence I decided to make dal makhani this time.Dal makhani is a popular dal variety made out of whole udid dal cooked with onions, tomatoes and other masalas which is savored with naan, chapatti and rice. It is a dish from the northern garden of lentils –Punjab. Though this dal is similar to the other dals due the similar ingredients that go into its making, but the only thing which adds to its richness and taste is the blobs of rich cream that is added to it for thickening and taste. Look down to find more about this recipe…don’t worry …its ok to indulge in such rich things once in a while!!!
dal makhni
Ingredients-
Black udid dal(whole)- 1cup
Rajma/kidney beans- 1/4cup
Onions- 1big chopped fine
Tomato- 2big chopped
Ginger- 1"
Garlic- 5 pearls
Green chillies- 2 chopped
kasoori methi- 1tsp
Turmeric powder- 1tsp
Red chilly powder- 1tsp
Coriander powder- 1tsp
Punjabi garam masala- 1tsp
Salt to taste
Cream- 1/2cup or milk- 200ml
Oil - 2tsp or butter-1tsp


Method-
Wash and soak the udid dal and rajma overnight till they swell . Pressure cook this dal till it becomes soft and you are able to mash it.
Heat oil /butter in a pan. Make a paste of ginger , garlic and green chillies and add it to the oil. Then add onions and saute for sometime. Add the tomatoes and then turmeric powder, red chilly powder , coriander powder , garam masala and salt. Mix well. Add half a cup of water and let the tomatoes cook completely. Then add the cooked dal. Add another cup of water if needed and let this cook for around 10 minutes till all the spices mix well with the dal. Then add cream or milk and cook for another 2-3 minutes till it thickens.
Have this with hot rice. Tastes fantastic. A perfect comfort food.
A good side dish for Chapatis too!! So am sending this to Viki's kitchen who is hosting an event called " Side dish for chapatis".

It felt so good this year to be a part of the ganeshotsav celebrations in India after almost a gap of four years. I am sharing some photos of Ganesh visarjan(immersion of the ganesh idols in water) which is celebrated with the same joy as welcoming The God!!

36 comments:

Priya said...

Healthy and nutritious dal makhani, looks simply fabulous..

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

looks great... Indulgence indeed!

Happy cook said...

Wow that dal makhani looksso creamy delcious.

Parita said...

Dal makhani is one of my fav and love it witha big dollop of ghee...looks splendid!

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Nice dish and lovely photos. Looks lovely.

A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine said...

Nice dish and lovely photos. Looks lovely.

En Samaiyal said...

Dal makani looking Grt..... Pls collect ur awards from my blog dear...

chakhlere said...

Dal makhni is one of my favs. Loved it!! Looks yummy!

Priya Narasimhan said...

I like all kinds of dal..This looks so rich..will try sometime..

Sowmya said...

Yummy Yummy....Eating Rotis now, if u can pass on that, it will go as a great side dish... :) I love dal makhani whenever I eat ouside. But havent tried at home. Dont have neither of those dals with me. May be I shud go ahead buy them adn try it..Really a mouthwatering dish u have posted...

Suparna said...

hi sowmya,
Dalmakhni looks yummm...love the creamy feel of it, I love the typical dhaba style of this preparation :)
Wow the ganesh utsav celebrations looks grand, nice snaps :)
TC

Viki's Kitchen said...

Dhal makhani is an yummy food searched by many like me. Ur recipe n snap is so good. Thanks for sending this to the event.

Mansi said...

Lovely, there's nothing like Dal Makhani with Naan.

Cham said...

Great side dish! Yum :)

Sireesha said...

The dish looks very exotic..Nice pics..

Preeti Kashyap said...

Nice click and delicious dish.

Preeti Kashyap said...

Nice click and delicious dish!

LG said...

Dal makhni is a delicious combination for chapathi, paratha and even rice too. Looks soo good making me crave for some :)

Uma said...

dal makhani looks so tempting Sowmya! Yum :)

jeyashrisuresh said...

Commenting first time here, so many time came across ur blog,
nice blog and dal makani one of my fav looks so yum

RAKS KITCHEN said...

My favorite,but not making often...Nice recipe Sowmya!

Sush said...

i love dal makhani. Yours look soo rich. It is been a while that I prepared them. Thanks for reminding :)

Sanghi said...

Delcious dal makhani sowmya. picture looks inviting...!:)

Preety said...

your dal makhni looks yumm..i also make but my version is little diff , chk out mine at

http://preetyskitchen.blogspot.com/2009/08/dal-makhni-restuarant-style.html

Valarmathi said...

I was looking for this recipe, going to try this soon.

jayasree said...

Mouthwatering recipe.. Your dal looks perfect in color and texture.

rekhas kitchen said...

yes I agree with mansi a best combination with naan looks so delicious and creamy.

Babli said...

I liked your blog very much. I appreciate for your beautiful presentation and mouth watering picture of dal makhani. It looks yummy and delicious and I shall try out your lovely recipe.
You are welcome in my blogs.

Tina said...

Nice presentation....looks so creamy...

Palidor said...

I love dal, but I usually stick with channa and toor. This urid dal looks fabulous!

homecooked said...

That makhani looks super yummy and creamy! Perfect entry.

VS said...

Deliciously inviting Sowmya! pass me a bowl. I can eat it like a soup.

Indhu said...

I have never made dal makhani... never tried it in a restaurant either... will definitely make your version - looks delicious!

prathibha said...

Me too recently posted this...looks yummy dear

Cynthia said...

Had this for the first time several weeks ago and it was excellent.

Sree... said...

Hi Sowmya....

First time in ur blog.I love this dish..looks tempting..very yummy..

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