Daal Makhani

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Dal makhani is a popular vegetarian dish originating from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. It is made from whole black lentils (popularly know...
  • PREP TIME: 15 mins
  • COOK TIME: 75 mins
  • SERVINGS: 6 persons
Daal Makhani


  • ½ cup dry whole black lentils (kaali daal)
  • 1/8th cup dry red kidney beans (rajma)
  • 1-2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2 medium sized onions, finely chopped
  • 3cm piece ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 3 tomatoes, puréed
  • 2 green chillies, slit in ½
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric (haldi) powder
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon of garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaf (kasoori methi)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1-2 tablespoon butter
  • Handful fresh coriander leaves, chopped


  • 1. Soak the black lentils (kaali daal) and kidney beans (rajma) separately, overnight. Drain and keep aside.
  • 2. Combine the lentils and red kidney beans in a big pot with 4 cups of water with salt and bring to boil.
  • 3. Cook for 45 minutes – 1 hour till lentils are tender.
  • 4. Heat oil till medium in a separate pot and add cumin seeds.
  • 5. Saute for about 30 seconds till the seeds splutter, and then add onions and garlic.
  • 6. Fry the onion until golden.
  • 7. Stir in the tomato purée.
  • 8. Add the turmeric, chilli powder, ginger, green chillies and crushed coriander.
  • 9. Cook for a few minutes till tomatoes are tender and mash with a spoon.
  • 10. Add the cooked lentils and red kidney beans along with a cup of water.
  • 11. Leave to simmer for about 10-15 minutes.
  • 12. Taste and adjust seasoning if required.
  • 13. Add butter, garam masala and dried fenugreek (kasuri methi) about 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • 14. Garnish with a sprinkle of fresh coriander and serve hot.


Photo credits: whitbitskitchen.com If you are in a rush a pressure cooker can also be used which will take about 20 – 25 minutes. Just make sure that you read the instructions of your pressure cooker and not remove the lid till pressure has been released.
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