Dal Makhani Recipe – Ingredients, Method of Cooking

Dal Makhani is one of the famous punjabi recipe. It is made by using rajma and black dal, which stands as a main ingredient. We can have dal makhani not only with rice but also with naan or roti (can be any type). So, we can say that it substitutes the curry. As we know, this is a punjabi dish and the thing we get in mind is a lot of butter and ghee for which the punjabi’s are better known, but in this recipe we have reduced the quantity of butter which makes the recipe healthier and low fat. This will not reduce the taste. If needed, we can also increase their quantity, which also makes the recipe tastier but little fatty (high fat). So, make and enjoy the healthier, low fat and delicious recipe.

Dal Makhani

Ingredients for making Dal Makhani

  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera
  • 1 teaspoon chopped Garlic
  • 1 chopped Onion
  • 2 slitted Green chillies
  • 1 chopped Tomato
  • 1 cup Red kidney beans ( rajma )
  • 1 cup Black dal ( urad dal )
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dhania powder
  • 1 teaspoon Jeera powder
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tablespoon Cream

Method for making Dal Makhani

  • Soak rajma and urad dal overnight. Before using boil them in a pressure cooker ( You can also soak them even for 2-3 hours and boil them in case of emergency ).
  • In a Kadai add butter, when it gets heated add jeera then garlic.
  • Now add onions, fry them till light brown.
  • Add green chillies and saute for a while. Then add the chopped tomato, toss it for few minutes.
  • Add both rajma and dal, now saute it well and add the dal’s left over water ( 1 cup).
  • Add red chilli powder, dhania powder, jeera powder and salt. Mix it properly.
  • Then add cream. Saute it and off the gas.


  • You can also add malai and lemon juice for making more tastier.

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