Monday, 26 April 2010

My Version of दाल मखनी | Black Gram Lentils Simmered in Makhani Sauce | Gluten free

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Hi.
As I have mentioned earlier too that on weekends I do not like to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, with the temperature soaring high it is now becoming a regular feature. I abhor to stand in the kitchen sweating and cooking elaborate meals these days, instead I am looking out for one pot meals or a quick combo.
On Saturday morning I was thinking what I could make for the Sunday breakfast and lunch. I wanted something more wholesome for the BF and Lunch so that we could have a light dinner. So I made Masale wale parathe for the breakfast (the recipe I will surely post sometime) which I served with Mango pickle and curds and I made rice and Dal Makhani for the lunch.
The Dal Makhani I guess is loved by all Indians and my family is no different, they are in love with the preparation. I guess each food blog posts the recipe to this preparation and each of us claim that it’s tasty and I am sure it is. I am no different! I too claim that my preparation is good, in fact just not good it’s very good!!LOL.
I might laugh at myself to write such a statement where I am boasting about my culinary skills of making a tasty Dal Makhani but I have tasted many Dal Makhanis in the best of Restaurants who have won  gourmet award for this preparation (one of them is ITC too)  and S declared I make better than them. When S certifies me for anything I take it quite seriously as he is a well travelled person and being a connoisseur of food, I understand the authenticity of his comments.
Dal Makhani as we all know is a lentil preparation from Punjab. As the name suggests that loads of butter and calories go into it but I try to make this in less calories and still not compromising with the taste. I do not claim that this is a low calorie stuff but it surely has calories much less than what’s served in the hotels. The best way to cook this dal is to simmer it overnight which is mighty impossible for me in this heat but I did let it cook for an hour on low flame.
The dal did turn too good. My younger one who on a regular basis has one round of food asked for a second helping for lunch and wanted to have it again for dinner. As for the remaining three in the family, we are all gluttons when it comes to good food. LOL.
So here goes the recipe..
Ingredients
1 cup whole Urad dal
4 tbsp Kidney beans
7-8 medium sized garlic pods
an inch of ginger piece
2 kashmiri red chilies
2 tsp red chili pwd
3-4 tsp coriander pwd
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/4 tsp nutmeg pwd
salt to taste
100ml cream
3-4 tbsp ghee/clarified butter for cooking
1/2 pack of readymade tomato puree or about 2-1/2-3 cups of tomatoes pureed
1/2 cup yogurt
Method
Grind together garlic, ginger and red chilies(GGR) to a paste.
Soak the urad dal and Rajma for 5-6 hrs. In a pressure cooker put the soaked lentils, Rajma, salt to taste, half of the GGR paste and a table spoon of ghee. After one whistle simmer and cook for about 30 mins. Let the pressure drop, mash the lentils properly.
Heat the remaining ghee and put the remaining GGR paste followed by the tomato puree. Saute till the oil separates. Now add salt, coriander pwd, red chili pwd and saute.
Remove from the fire and mix in the beaten curds.
Put back on flame and cook till oil separates. Put this gravy in the dal and cook it on low flame and cook for an hour.
Before removing from fire add the cream, garam masala and nutmeg. Mix thoroughly and serve it with steamed Basmati rice. The NUTMEG adds an excellent flavour to the dal, so do not miss that.
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35 comments:

Kanchan said...

I'm not a regular on Dal Makhani, prepared it couple of time with two different recipes from blogger friends only, now will try your version too, seem very easy !!

Shri said...

I can totally imagine esp in Summer..I was in my SIL's kitchen in Mumbai and I was telling her its amazing how well she cooks in such a steaming kitchen..
The Dal looks very yummy!

RAKS KITCHEN said...

I have to try adding nutmeg next time,love that idea :)

Kairali sisters said...

Great looking makhani Pari..Love the color and the click...

Love
KS

shriya said...

I've tried different recipes of dal makhani. i am gonna try your sthis time. It looks so tempting and delicious.

Priya said...

Ur version looks fantastic Pari...i have seen either with urad dal or either with rajma, never saw both together, thanks for sharing Pari..

R said...

looks so yummy, nice color too!

J said...

nice colour..delicious and healthy too..cheers

Rajee said...

Awesome dal makhani and addition of nutmeg is a wonderful idea.

Pari said...

Kanchi try this and you will surely fall in love with it.
Priya, in the dal makhani even chana dal is added but it's optional.
Hi Shri welcome back dear.
Raks, nutmeg adds an amazing flavour, try it and let me know.
Thanks J. Kairali Sisters, Rajee and R.

Anonymous said...

looks so delicious..never tried making dal makhani before..this is surely a keeper..too good..

Deepa said...

hey dont know whether the earlier comment was submitted..some error I guess..this dal makhani looks so delicious and tasty..surely a keeper..never tired it making myself, love this version..will try to make soon..

Kamalika said...

the dal is looking so creamy and delicious....feeling like have it right now...

Swathi said...

Pari,

I need to try with nutmeg and this version of dal makhani

♥Sugar♥Plum♥Fairy♥ said...

It sure has been awhile i wanna simmer some delicious dal makhani and ur recipe sure does look absolutely delicious:-))

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal said...

Looks delicious Pari :)

simply.food said...

Creamy rich and delicious ,these are the words that come to mind as I look at your dhal.

PranisKitchen said...

looks so delicious. we like dal makhani with chapati..good with white rice too..really liked u low calorie version.
ya what u said is right i also prefer some quick and easy meals on weekends..doesn't like to spend more time in kitchen..
nice click too,hope ur kids enjoyed having this delicious dish..

PJ said...

Pari, your version of daal makhani looks so delicious and seems very low cal/fat too which is an additional plus! I agree, in summer, its a lot to just turn the gas on and stand next to it for an hour - one pot meals seem perfect.

Gita Jaishankar said...

Your dal mahkani version sounds very interesting and looks delicious Pari...love the fact that it is healthy :)

SS said...

Hi Pari.. your pics come out all bright and colourful haan. The dal makhani looks delicious!

Ms.Chitchat said...

Dal Makhani looks absolutely gorgeous. Loved ur version and sure to give it a try:)

AshKuku said...

At time of celebration I am sure I can count on this prep of yours... deary...... It looks very tempting & luscious!!!!! Kudos!!!!

Ash...
(http://asha-oceanichope.blogspot.com/)

sowmya's creative saga said...

looks delicious..even I hate spending long hours in the kitche nowadays,..so I go for simple non time consuming recipes..

Christine said...

Oh hey i'm looking for this recipe. I'm glad i found your blog. I'll try this. Thank you for sharing.

Dolly said...

Hey Pari..This post brought a smile to my face...I too love Dal Makhani and I love ur intro ..and when ur DH and kids approve of this and ur younger one had a second helpoing..thats the BEST CERTIFICATION to have...lol. It does look awesome and love the low calorie version...

Deepti said...

I also made dal makhani last week for a get together n it was a big hit...mine is a lil diff version but urs also luks delicious.

Ramya said...

I can imagine how terrible it wud be to cook elaborate meals during summer:(Dal makhani looks yummy and creamy.

Home Cooked Oriya Food said...

your version looks delicious...

SathyaSridhar said...

Haiii!!!Pari,,how r u ter?..Dal makhni looks great dear with lot of spices,,best accompany for rotis..

Cooking Foodie said...

Your dal makhani looks good... i like the touch of tomato flower on the side :)

Valarmathi said...

Looks so yummy and tempting.

Yummy Team said...

Lovely dal makhani..love your version..

Nandini said...

Lovely dal makhni! It's spicy and colorful! Best eaten with roti!

Jagruti said...

Loved by my family..daal makhni is just great..I prepare for lunch, can have for dinner too..yours looks so colourful and delicious..

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