Friday, August 13, 2010

Daal Makhani (Red Kidney Beans in Onion-Tomato gravy)

My Bhabhi is an awesome cook. You taste her Daal Makhani and lick your fingers. You eat your stomach full and would still want some more.
Here’s her signature recipe. A must try…
daal makhani
Here’s what you’ll need:
  1. Rajma (Red kidney beans) – 1 cup
  2. Urad (Whole black gram) – 1/2 cup
  3. Cream – 1/2 cup
  4. Milk – 1/2 cup
  5. Onions – ground to a paste, 1/2 cup
  6. Tomato – pureed, 1 cup
  7. Jeera (Cumin seeds) – 1/4 tsp.
  8. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tsp.
  9. Mirch (Chilly) powder – to taste or about 1 tsp
  10. Dhania (Coriander) powder – 2 tsp
  11. Garam Masala powder – 2 tsp
  12. Oil – 1 tsp.
  13. Butter – 1/2 tsp.
  14. Paneer (cottage cheese) – grated, 1/4 cup
  15. Hara Dhania (cilantro / coriander leaves) – finely chopped for garnishing
  16. Water
  17. Salt to taste
Here’s how you make it:
Clean, wash and soak the whole of Urad and Rajma overnight. It is important to wash before you soak, so you can use the same water for cooking. This locks the taste and nutrients into this dish making it rich. Next day add some salt (plus some more water, if needed) and cook till the beans are soft.
Heat some oil in a pan. Add onion paste, ginger garlic paste and sauté till the raw uncooked smell is gone.
Add tomato puree, garam masala powder, jeera, dhania powder, mirch powder and sauté till oil begins to separate from edges of the pan.
Fold in the cream and keep stirring all the while.
Once it begins to simmer, add the cooked beans and milk. Let it cook nicely with occasional stirring.
Turn off the heat and let this dish stand for about an hour.
Just before serving, re-heat, add butter and grated paneer and chopped hara dhania for garnishing.
You can serve this with tandoor roti or tawa roti or naan or kulcha or bread or even plain boiled rice.
Add a touch of Punjabi pickle on the side and ‘balle balle’! Prepare to get raving compliments!!
To get an interesting twist, you can turn this curry thingy into a snack. Add some spicy potato noodles (namkeen), chopped cucumber (kheera) plus tomato plus onion. Team it with some toast or bread sticks and a nice hot cup of chai!!!


  1. daal makhani looks really to have it anytime ...


  2. Hi...that is really healthy and delicious, love the way you prepare it...

  3. It certainly looks delicious!!!! I think your Bhabhi know what she's talking about!!

  4. Dal Makhani looks fab...I'm sure it tasted well aslo. Adding paneer to dal is new to me.
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  6. wow, very Temption. this weekend I am going to cook this Dal Makhani.


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