Dal Makhani Recipe

By | Published , Last Updated: October 26, 2015 | Dal, Side Dish | 36 Comments

Dal Makhani is a very popular North Indian (Punjabi) side dish made with whole urad dal and rajma. Rich, creamy and delicious, it is served with roti, naan or chapati.

Dal Makhani

Whole Urad Dal – 1 cup
Rajma – 1/4 cup, soaked overnight
Green Chillies – 2 to 3, finely chopped
Tomato – 1, finely chopped
Onion – 1, finely chopped
Coriander Leaves – 1 sprig, chopped
Garlic Paste – 1 to 2 tsp
Ginger Paste – 1 to 2 tsp
Turmeric Powder – 1/2 tsp
Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
Red Chilli Powder – as per taste
Dhania Powder (Coriander Powder) – 1/2 tsp
Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
Curd – 1/2 cup
Fresh Cream – 1/2 cup
Butter – 2 tblsp
Oil for frying
Salt as per taste

1. Cook rajma and urad dal with water and a bit of salt in a pressure cooker for 20 to 25 minutes.
2. When soft, squash and boil the rajma and urad dal for another 15 to 20 minutes.
3. Stir in fresh cream and curd to the dal.
4. Take a heavy bottomed pan and heat some oil in it.
5. Add cumin seeds.
6. When the seeds start to splutter, add garlic paste.
7. Fry until light brown.
8. Now put onions and saute.
9. To this add tomatoes, green chillies and ginger paste.
10. Fry till the tomatoes become soft.
11. Now add dhania powder, chilli powder, turmeric powder and salt.
12. Fry for 1 minute.
13. Pour in the dal and cook on medium flame.
14. When the dal starts boiling remove from heat.
15.  Add garam masala powder and butter.
16. Garnish with coriander leaves.
17. Serve with rice, chapathi.

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36 thoughts on “Dal Makhani

  1. Dhruwal said on July 31, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    amazing,mouth watering,awesome i like it very much.yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy.

  2. Mitali Narayan Gurjar said on April 27, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Excellent receipe

  3. himanshu said on March 29, 2011 at 4:15 am

    it works
    gud and thnx

  4. khushboo said on March 9, 2011 at 1:47 am

    please tell me the best recipes of dal makhani and aloo ki sabzi

  5. steve said on February 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm


  6. nidhi said on February 14, 2011 at 7:30 pm

    V good

  7. anoop said on January 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    this is fair dish

  8. J JO said on January 7, 2011 at 10:18 am

    its simply AWESoooooooooome I was in hurry with guest arrival to cook it up and I got sorted in lesser time and with a delicious cuisine… just love it..

  9. Rupali said on November 14, 2010 at 9:35 am

    good, nice receipe

  10. jyoti G. said on November 5, 2010 at 6:24 am

    its good in taste and flavour.

  11. Subha said on August 29, 2010 at 10:47 am

    The instructions provided here are excellent.But it would be more helpful if u also attach the video of each item prepared by a good chef……Thanks

  12. deepak kumar das said on August 28, 2010 at 8:59 am

    its really excellent work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. juvi said on July 1, 2010 at 2:09 am

    dal makhani is excellent…its very delicious for vegetarians

  14. sajitha said on June 29, 2010 at 4:57 am

    it’s wonderful sidedish of chappathi

  15. sajitha said on June 29, 2010 at 4:55 am


  16. sajitha said on June 29, 2010 at 4:55 am


  17. sajitha said on June 29, 2010 at 4:54 am


  18. deepak said on June 26, 2010 at 7:00 am

    after trying ur recepies i will always try ur reciepies because u became my favourite chef. THANK YOU.

  19. deval desai said on April 28, 2010 at 6:15 am


  20. urous said on April 25, 2010 at 2:00 am


  21. akki said on April 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    its nice……..yyyyyyyaaaaaaaammmmmmmmmmiiiiiiiiiiii….. sssuuuppppppp……… sssssuuuupppp………

  22. payal said on April 6, 2010 at 8:48 am

    its great

  23. payal said on April 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

    its yummy,great

  24. payal said on April 6, 2010 at 8:46 am

    its yummy,great

  25. urous said on March 31, 2010 at 9:33 am


  26. neha said on February 25, 2010 at 10:45 am

    jus wanted to ask do we need to pressure cook dal and rajma separately or together???

  27. meenaiyer said on January 30, 2010 at 3:17 am

    hai,this is meenaiyer,

    all ur receipe’s are very excellent, i have some fresh cream powder what can i do with that.

  28. rahul said on November 30, 2009 at 11:03 am

    its a very cool n delicious…..dish…….i enjoyed eating……..

  29. vipul said on October 21, 2009 at 3:10 am

    it’ really good & fast to cook delicious dal.

  30. vipul said on October 21, 2009 at 3:08 am

    It’s really cool & fast to cook

  31. Praveen Kumar said on July 17, 2009 at 12:33 am

    When you add it first, the taste and flavour gets lost by the cooking that is done.

    but if u add at a later stage, the taste is evenly spread and does not get lost.

  32. pradeepika said on July 16, 2009 at 9:40 am

    I have a query, usually we add garlic ginger then add other things, but here it is not cooked seprately rather added with puree, plz let me know??

  33. Asha said on July 2, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    It’s really good

  34. shivkumar said on May 29, 2009 at 11:12 am


  35. neeru said on April 27, 2009 at 5:00 am


  36. Dal Makhani said on March 5, 2009 at 8:24 am

    This is quite an excellent recipe. Personally i would have liked to see a hint of butter in the garnish to give it a more rich finish.

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