Saturday, March 20, 2010

Dal Makhani

On a lazy weekend , when we are not in a mood to cook anything elaborate , at the same time wish we had something special on the table for unannounced vistors, we invariably think of Biryani and Dal Makhani, a simple  and filling legume dish that looks like we spent a lot of time in the kitchen!!

 This quick recipe is from a cookbook that came with  a beautiful  black hard anodised pressure cooker, we purchased a  couple of years ago. Easy and simple one pot dish , very tasty and looks elaborate.

Serves 6-8;

 Pantry list

6 cups  water
1  1/4 cups  whole black gram/ split black gram
1/4 cup  kidney beans soaked in water for 1 hour and drained
2 large  tomatoes
1 inch  ginger
5 flakes garlic
5 green chillies
3 red chillies
salt to taste
turmeric pdr/haldi  a pinch
Rajma pdr /dal makhani pdr 2tsp
1/2 tsp red chilli powder
1 tbsp ghee
2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp butter / more if you please!

For tempering/tadka

2tbsp ghee
1 small onion
1/2 tsp red chilli pdr

  • Pour water into cooker, add all the ingredients except those for tadka and cook until done...3 -5 whistles depending on your pressure cooker . It can also be done over the stovetop but will take more time as legumes take a long time to cook 
  • Once the dals are cooked to tender but firm stage, partially mash with back of ladle , add the dal makhani pdr and simmer to obtain a creamy consistency,
  • For tadka, heat ghee in a pan , add onion and roast until transparent and golden brown , remove from heat and add red chilli powder and pour over the dal. 
  •  Let it simmer , and lastly add some (OR LOTS  ! )  cream , and butter, stir well and garnish with cilantro.
  • Pair it with biryani, rice  or hot naans / Indian flatbreads
Biryani recipe coming soon...stand by!!!!!

Our entry for  My Legume Love Affair  hosted by Mirch Masala
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5 comments:

  1. looks like a beautiful piece of art! Never have used whip cream as a part of this dish, will experiment with it.

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  2. the dal looks awesome in a kadai...

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  3. very nice n creamy....delicious looking....

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  4. Thanks Sandhaya, Trendsetters and Nandini

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