Its finally here. JFI – Dal event! The entries have been pouring in and must say that each and every recipe, I have seen so far, is a winner. June was the lentil month here at my blog and I enjoyed blogging all the recipes involving lentils.
Today, I am blogging a favorite North Indian lentil recipe, Dal Makhani as my entry for JFI- Dal. Dal Makhani is a rich, hearty dish which is full of proteins. Black lentils and red kidney beans are simmered in a creamy sauce of butter, onions, tomatoes, ginger-garlic and spices and liberally garnished with cream. I did reduce the quantity of butter, ghee and cream in the recipe to make it less rich and keeping in mind – calories
Dal Makhani Recipe
Recipe source: From my recipe files
Prep & Cooking: 40 mts
Serves 5-6 persons
Cuisine: North Indian
1 cup black lentils (kaali sabut dal) –soak in water for 8 hours and pressure cook till soft
1/2 cup red kidney beans (rajma) – soak in water for 8 hours and pressure cook along with blank lentils till soft
2 tbsp ghee
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 big onions, finely chopped
2 green chillies, slit lengthwise
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp kashmiri red chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
salt to taste
2 big tomatoes, finely chopped
¼ cup butter
1 tsp garam masala powder
2-3 tbsp malai (cream of milk)
ginger juliennes for garnish
1 Pre-heat ghee in a heavy bottomed vessel. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the chopped onions and green chillis and sauté the onions till pink.
2 Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 3-4 mts. Add the turmeric pwd, chilli pwd and salt and combine.
3 Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for 5-6 mts. Now add the pressure cooked dals along with a cup of water and mix well till they are well coated with the masala mixture. Cook covered for 3-4 mts on medium heat.
4 Add butter, combine and cook for 5 mts.
5 Add malai and garam masala and mix well. Garnish with ginger juliennes.
6 Serve with hot rotis.