Thursday, May 23, 2013

Dal Makhani

I hate the fact that I have to scratch my head every single day for coming up with what to cook for dinner. If I ask my other half he never gives an answer really, or maybe I should say I only cook something if I am also upto eating it /cooking it  :) Every single day when I enter the kitchen I declare to my hubby that I hate cooking and washing up and its a fact that  I hate my daily cooking if its usual things, so blogging has kind of helped me to enjoy  cooking and whip up  something interesting / different. 

Back home when we used to live in Pune I never used to have this dilema as the veggies available were endless and there was a fish market nearby so most of the time the question is which fish curry to make rather than which curry to make. But here things have changed, we dont like  fish curry that much, mainly because the english fish doesnt give that authentic  taste when they are curried, so we prefer to fry it so curry options are limited.

 I miss Pune very badly when thinking about all those fishes and fresh vegetables and most of all the eating out. If I ever go back to Pune again first thing I will do is go and eat out in all my favourite restaurants and cook some nice fish curry ! Anyway Dal makhani is something I got introduced from Pune and there was this Punjabi dabba, a kind of take away place and all I had  to do on lazy day is to just pick up the phone and order our favourite tandoori chicken or dal makhani   etc etc..I never cared to make dal makhani back then, who will when you get such great food outside ! I love Dal makhani , I have been trying to  recreate the one which I used to have from the Punjabi dabba in Pune and after few attempts  I am very  happy the way they turned out this time. So this recipe is for my own future use aswell :)

Sabut Urad / Whole urad / Uzhunnu - 1 cup
Rajma/ Red kidney beans  - 1/4 cup
Onion - 4 ( chopped )
Tomato - 3(chopped )
Ginger - garlic paste - 2 tbs
Coriander powder - 1 tbs
Garam masala - 1 1/2 tsp
Redchillly powder - 1 tbsp
Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
Ginger (Julienned) - 1 tbs
Fresh cream- few tablespoon
Coriander leaves 
Water as required 

  • Soak whole urad and rajma overnight or atleast 10-12 hours.
  • Pressure cook the dals adding enough water until cooked very well. Mash the dals lightly.
  • In a saucepan add oil and add chopped onions and saute until light brown.
  • Add ginger garlic paste and fry for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chopped tomatoes, redchilly powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, salt and cook tomatoes until mushy.
  • Add cooked and mashed dal and boil for 5- 10 minutes.
  • Finally add garam masala, fresh cream  and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Remove from fire and add finely chopped corainder leaves.
  • Meanwhile in small pan add juliened  ginger and fry until brown. Add this to the dal.
  • Serve with rice / roti with a dollop of fresh cream on Dal !


Divya Shivaraman said...

you have lovely props...loved your clicks and presentation...this is my hubbies one fav...Perfect dal makhni...

Shema George said...

Yum - I love how you have finished the dish with cream - looks really yummy - Loved the second click :)

Veena Theagarajan said...

creamy and yummy Dhal

Palaharam said...

I too love pune out of all the places I have lived in but for no firm reason :)...

Loved going through the post and thanx for the recipe:)

An Open Book said...

i super like that bowl in the second pic..very pretty
i have never eaten r tried making dal makhani...this is tempting me and your dilemma about cooking...even i go through it every day

Nilu A said...

Nice post.. Perfect dal makhani.. Loved it Vineetha :-)

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious and inviting recipe

Saranya Balaji said...

curry looks so rich and creamy dear...loved ur clicks...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Awesome and delicious looking dal makhani.

Rafeeda AR said...

i love the way you said, scratch my head! even i do that, a lot of times, but then i just dig in for half an hour over recipes and recipes b4 finalising on one, and then it is a mad rush to finish on time... hehe... the dal makhani looks awesome, never tried it apart in restaurants, definitely on my to-do list... :)

Shibi Thomas said...

I never made this before. Loved the flavors packed into it and it sounds healthy too :) So you must be knowing Hindi :)

Priya Suresh said...

Trust me, am yet to make this nutritious and creamy dal makhani..Beautiful presentation sis.

Shweta Agrawal said...

My favorite one..I can have it even in breakfast :P
yum yum creamy :)

Sebeena Loyd said...

Hi Vineetha, such a nice site you have maintained. photographs are stunning so are the recipes. Would love to have spoonful of your dal makhani.

Maha Gadde said...

Delicious n healthy braed.

sushma Mallya said...

pics are amazing,looks too good...

Lucky Sign said...

wow... nice entry... ooks so delicious, tha