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A bowl of Dal Makhani with roti, topped with cilantro
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Dal Makhani (Buttery Black Lentils)

Dal Makhani is a vegetarian dish made with whole urad lentils. Typically it is made with lots of butter, ghee, and cream.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Calories: 235kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups dried urad dal (black lentils)
  • 1 tsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 2 tbsp ghee or vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger finely grated
  • 1 tbsp green chilies finely chopped (amount to taste)
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chili powder or paprika
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • 5 tbsp butter (cold)
  • chopped cilantro (garnish)
  • 1 15oz can kidney beans
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi (fenugreek)
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne

Instructions

For Dal

  • Pressure cook dal, 1 tsp of ghee (or vetable oil) and 4 cups of water for 20 minutes.

In Pan

  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee
  • Add garlic and ginger, saute until golden
  • Add tomato sauce, cook until oil starts to separate
  • Add cooked dal
  • Add 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Add salt and 3 tbsp butter
  • Let simmer for 20 minutes

In a Separate Pan

  • Heat 1 tbsp ghee
  • Add 1 tsp Kasoori methi and 1 tsp Kashmiri chili or paprika, allow to toast slightly
  • Stir in 2 tbsp of butter
  • Garnish with cream and cilantro

Nutrition

Calories: 235kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 34mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 467IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 3mg