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How to make Dal Makhani

By Swayampurna Mishra
Last updated on: January 15, 2015 13:12 IST
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Here's the recipe for Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani



  • 3/4 cup whole black lentils
  • 2 tbsp kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp chana dal
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 green chillies, cut lengthwise
  • 1 piece cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 3 cardamom
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 cup fresh tomato puree
  • 1/2 cup fresh cream
  • 2 tbsp chopped coriander
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tbsp fresh cream for garnishing


  • Soak lentils, kidney beans and chana dal overnight.
  • Add two cups water, salt and pressure cook the dals till they are overcooked for about 7 to 8 whistles.
  • Whisk till the dal is almost mashed. Keep aside.
  • For the tempering, heat butter in a deep pan and add cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds crackle, add green chillies, cinnamon, cloves, cardamoms, and onions and saute till onions turn golden brown in colour.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste, chilli powder, turmeric powder and tomato puree and cook over a medium flame till the mixture leaves oil.
  • Add dal, salt and approx 2 to 3 tbsp water if required and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Add cream and mix well. Simmer for 2 to 3 more minutes.
  • Serve hot garnished with coriander and fresh cream.

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