I think it is pretty obvious, I love Northern Indian food. This particular dish, dal Makhani, hails from the state of Punjab, and is rich and creamy. Typical of delicious Punjabi food. Punjabis love ghee and they love cream. I think I was a Punjabi in my past life.
Anyways, dal makhani is a staple Indian dish in Punjab. It is so popular that you can find it served throughout India, with regional variances of course. Dal Makhani is typically made with whole black urad dal and rajma (red kidney beans). However, if you don’t have any kidney beans, you can substitute something similar. For example, I didn’t have any red kidney beans on hand, so I substituted with some pinto beans. It still came out fabulous, and I had enough leftovers to freeze for future dinners. This is a perfect vegetarian dish, I promise you won’t miss the meat. Although it tastes great with rice, you might as well go all out and stuff your face with butter naan.
PSA: This dish is not for those of you watching your waistline. It is full of butter and cream.
- 3/4 whole black urad dal, soaked over night
- 1/4 cup red kidney beans, soaked over night
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 cups tomato puree
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 red chilis
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbsp oil for cooking
- 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
- 1/2 tsp red chili powder
- salt to taste
- handful of kasoori methi crushed with palm
- handful of chopped cilantro
- 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1.5 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp garam masala powder
- 1 stick of butter, yeah, it’s a lot
- 1 cup cream
Adjust spices as needed. Add cilantro, and serve with rice/naan/chapatis.