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dal makhani


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Prep Time: 480 minutes

Cook Time: 60 minutes

Total: 540 minutes

Servings: 4

Cost: $23.98 /serving


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Step 1

Soak both the whole urad dal and rajma overnight in enough water for 8 to 9 hours or overnight. Later drain them well.

Step 2

Rinse both the lentils a couple of times in water.

Step 3

Drain again and then add them in a 3 litre pressure cooker. Add water and stir well.

Step 4

Pressure cook for 18 to 20 whistles on a high flame, till both the urad dal and rajma have cooked thoroughly and softened. If they are not cooked, then add about ½ cup water again and pressure cook for 4 to 5 whistles more.

Step 5

The urad dal should melt in the mouth and should not give any bite or resistance when eaten. You can also just mash the urad dal with a spoon or with your fingers to check the doneness. The same rule applies for rajma too. Keep the cooked beans aside.

Step 6

In a blender or mixer jar, take chopped tomatoes and blend to a smooth puree. Set aside.

Step 7

You can also add ready 1 cup tomato puree instead of blending the tomatoes. No need to blanch the tomatoes while pureeing.

Step 8

In a pan, now heat butter. You can use salted butter or unsalted butter.

Step 9

Add the whole spices - cumin seeds, cloves, green cardamoms, black cardamom, 1 inch cinnamon, 1 small to medium tej patta.

Step 10

Fry for some seconds till the spices sputter and become aromatic.

Step 11

Add finely chopped onions.

Step 12

Stir and sauté the onions on a low or medium-low heat often till they become light golden.

Step 13

Add the ginger garlic paste. Stir again and sauté for some seconds till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic goes away.

Step 14

Add the chopped green chilies and sauté for a minute.

Step 15

Add the prepared tomato puree and mix well.

Step 16

Add red chili powder and 2 to 3 pinches of grated nutmeg or nutmeg powder.

Step 17

Stir very well and sauté this mixture on a low to medium flame, till you see fat releasing from the sides.

Step 18

Then add the cooked urad dal and rajma beans along with the stock. Also add 1 cup water or as required.

Step 19

Stir very well and simmer the dal makhani uncovered on a low flame.

Step 20

Keep on stirring often, so that the lentils don't stuck to the bottom of the pan.

Step 21

Once it has begun to thicken, add salt as required.

Step 22

Stir very well and continue to simmer on a low flame. Keep on stirring when the lentils are simmered on low heat.

Step 23

When simmering you can add more water if the gravy looks thick or dry. The longer you keep dal makhani to simmer, the better it tastes.

Step 24

I kept it for about an overall 25 minutes on a low flame. Do keep on stirring at intervals.

Step 25

When the gravy has thickened enough, then add cream. Dal makhani is not too thick or too thin. It has a medium consistency.

Step 26

Mix the cream very well. Then switch off the heat.

Step 27

Add crushed kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves). Mix again.

Step 28

Cover and set dal makhani aside, if you are proceeding to the dhungar method. Or else you can serve dal makhni straight away.

Step 29

Heat a small piece of charcoal on flame till it becomes red hot. With the help of tongs, keep on turning the charcoal piece so that it evenly burns.

Step 30

Keep the red hot charcoal in a small bowl.

Step 31

Pour ½ teaspoon oil on the hot charcoal.

Step 32

Immediately keep this bowl on top of the dal makhani.

Step 33

Cover for a minute and allow the charcoal to infuse its smoke in the dal makhni. Remove the bowl. Stir again.

Step 34

Serve punjabi dal makhani garnished with chopped coriander leaves (cilantro) and a few teaspoons of cream with naan, roti, paratha or steamed rice.

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