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Friday 27 May 2011

Weekend Recipe Blog Hop: Dal Makhani

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Servings: 4, Prep Time: 5 min., Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

It’s a creamy lentil dish perfect over basmati rice or mopped up with naan flatbread.

The mighty lentil may be one of the small beans, but sure packs a nutritional punch. While these are not the same lentils used in traditional Indian Dal Makhani dish, this is what you might find in your supermarket – and will work fine in this recipe.
These are brown/green lentils:

But I prefer the smaller black “caviar” lentils.

The lentils are cooked for about an hour in tomato puree until soft and tender.

Stir in the cream.

And stir to mix well.

Sprinkle with cilantro and serve.

Serve with basmati or naan flatbread.


1 cup dry lentils
6 - 8 ounces canned crushed tomato
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 - 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less depending on your spice preference)
1 cup water
4 tablespoons butter
1/8 teaspoon salt, more to taste
freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


In a large sauce pan, add the lentils and fill with water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until the lentils open and are tender. Drain the water from the lentils and return the lentils to the pot. Stir the lentils around in the pot mashing some of them against the pot to break open. Add the tomato puree, ginger, garlic, cayenne pepper, water, butter, salt and pepper. Cook for 1 hour until the dal is thick. Make sure to check the pot periodically to make sure the water does not cook out.
Stir in cream, garnish with minced cilantro.

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  4. I am a dal makhani lover. really your dal makhani recipe is very good and informative. I will try to cook chicken according to your recipe next Sunday. I have found one other very good chicken recipe. you can check it..


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