10 Mar



Dal makhani is universally recognized as a quintessentially Indian dish, and variations of the fare are served in a wide variety of eateries and restaurants internationally. Dal Makhani’s popularity is due in part to its versatility and the rich vegetarian dish can be served as a main meal, included in a buffet (thali) or as an accompaniment to a principal meal. In India, soups and curries with a red or yellow lentil base are an important staple; however, due to dal makhani’s rich texture and lengthy preparation process, many Indians only consume the dish on days of significance, such as birthdays, national holidays, weddings and religious observances.

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The traditional preparation of dal makhani involves a series of time-consuming procedures, which can take up to 24 hours to complete. However, with the availability of modern cooking equipment, including electric pressure cookers, the preparation time of the dish has reduced significantly to 2–3 hours.


Its called as Dal Makhani as it is made with Dal/Lentils – Whole Black Lentils and Red Kidney Bean and Makhan (White Butter) and full fat cream. This dish is rich in calories. Due to the use of all these ingredients Dal Makhani becomes creamy. Makes this the healthier way avoiding the cream and using milk instead.

Since i learned this, i have made it many times……(read every month) but the pics always were not good enough to post, and this was sitting in my drafts since a long time. And even this time the pics were not to my satisfaction since i was in a hurry but anyway iam posting as this is one of fav loved side dish with parathas. and it tastes even better the next day.



  • 1 cup whole black gram/whole urad dal
  • ½ cup kidney beans/rajma
  • 2 tsp chanadal
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tsp cumin or ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 medium size onion, chopped
  • 2 medium size tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, finely chopped
  • 4-5 garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp  whole garam masala
  • 2 to 3 tbsp butter or ghee or oil
  • 2 to 3 tbsp full fat cream/1 cup milk  (optional)
  • salt as required
  • few coriander leaves for garnishing

making dal makhani


Soak  both the black lentil,chana dal and bean overnight if you are making this in the morning. Drain them and in a pressure cooker  cook them together with 3-4 glasses of water. You can either pressure cook them for 30 minutes on a slow flame for 10-12 whistles. or ina  deep pot cook for 2 hrs till soft and mashable. Take the lid off the pressure cooker and mash the dals lightly into a smoother consistency and keep aside.

dal makhani


Heat oil in a heavy bottom pan. Add cumin , whole garam masala   after they splutter and release their aroma, Add ginger-garlic paste ,turmeric and add tomato puree and cook well for 10 min in medium flame covered .  Add chilli powder, and salt. Cook until the mixture thickens into pulpy sauce .
Then add cooked grams and kidney beans to the mixture. Heat for 4-5 minutes. Now add 1 cup milk , You can add a little water if you find it too thick.
8. Add the  cream if you are using and cook for 10 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.



The fig, a member of the mulberry family, is one of the sweetest fruits when fully ripe. Growing in western Asia and the Mediterranean area, the fig is one of the earliest fruits known to humans.

In the first Quraanic verses in sura al Teen, the medicinal advantages of the fig are discussed- the Quraan says: “I swear by the Fig and the Olive” (Sura no. 95: verse no. 1). Fig plant is one of the only five plants mentioned in the Quraan, along with olives, grapes, pomegranate and dates. Hadith literature provide us with an event related to the fig: According to Abu Darda(raziallahu anhum) someone presented figs to the prophet Mohammed (God’s blessing and peace be upon him) and he began distributing it among his followers. He said: “Eat it as it cures various diseases”.

fig pie

According to Ibn Seereen, a scholar in the science of dreams, figs, if seen in dreams, denote wealth and prosperity.  Other medicinal benefits are the following: Figs are high in dietary fiber and a rich source of magnesium as well potassium, contain a relatively high amount of vitamins A, B, and C and are low on calories – about 50 calories each, they help to remove bad breath. Figs are also recommended in the treatment of asthma, coughs, chills and even diabetes.

Syrup made from methi seeds, figs and honey is very effective when it comes to cough and bronchial asthma.The phosphorous content of the fig benefits the nervous system. It is recommended for athletes and children. The medical scientist, Al Shaikh al Raess, Bu Ali Ibn Sina, recommended figs to treat constipation, liver problems, urinary problems, heartburns, chest pains, piles and epilepsy. It is recommended to eat at least five figs early in the morning for four to ten months regularly, if you want to completely eliminate piles. It benefits pregnant and nursing women, helps in reducing acidity, rheumatism and helps the brain.


makes 2 small pies

For the base

  • 1 full cup cashews/ almonds
  • 2 tsp coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup honey or dates
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the filling

  • 2 cups soaked, pitted and peeled dates
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 4-5 ripe and soft figs
  • 2 teaspoons cacao powder, optional
  • 1/4 teaspoon of salt

raw fig pie

Blend the dry fruits into a fine or coarse powder, however you like using a food processor. Add dates/honey and coconut oil until it starts to form a ball. Apply a clingfilm on the tart pans and Spread the dough roughly and press firmly. Keep in the refrigerator until the filling is ready .
For the filling:-
Soak the dates for at least 1 hour,if you are using dry variety.  peel them and remove the pits. Peel the figs. Blend everything using a food processor until smooth and creamy. Spread evenly on the crust.
Take the base from the refrigerator. Spread the filling on top. Garnish with fresh figs. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. Liz March 16, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    I have enjoyed reading about dal makhani at least I know understand exactly what it means. The photos are very nice. I have enjoyed browsing. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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