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!!!

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One more from the garden of lentils- Dal Makhani Yum
Course side dish
Cuisine north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Course side dish
Cuisine north indian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Recipe Notes

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!!

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  1. Healthy and nutritious dal makhani, looks simply fabulous..

  2. Home Cooked Oriya Food

    looks great… Indulgence indeed!

  3. Wow that dal makhani looksso creamy delcious.

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

  5. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    Nice dish and lovely photos. Looks lovely.

  6. A 2 Z Vegetarian Cuisine

    Nice dish and lovely photos. Looks lovely.

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

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

  9. Priya Narasimhan

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

  10. 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…

  11. 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

  12. Viki's Kitchen

    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.

  13. Lovely, there’s nothing like Dal Makhani with Naan.

  14. Great side dish! Yum 🙂

  15. The dish looks very exotic..Nice pics..

  16. Preeti Kashyap

    Nice click and delicious dish.

  17. Preeti Kashyap

    Nice click and delicious dish!

  18. Taste of Mysore

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

  19. dal makhani looks so tempting Sowmya! Yum 🙂

  20. jeyashrisuresh

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

  27. rekhas kitchen

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

  28. 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.

  29. Nice presentation….looks so creamy…

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

  31. That makhani looks super yummy and creamy! Perfect entry.

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

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

  34. Me too recently posted this…looks yummy dear

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

  36. Hi Sowmya…. First time in ur blog.I love this dish..looks tempting..very yummy..


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