Dal Makhani


Dal Makhani is a thick, creamy dal made by cooking slowly for a longer duration. One needs to follow the recipe to let the flavors get absorbed well in the lentil. The ingredient list for age-old recipes is usually simple and not long, because most of the time it’s about the process than just the ingredients in a recipe.

Check the blog for more authentic recipes like Mathura ke Dubki Wale Aloo, Sarson ka Saag, and Panchmel Dal.

This is not a new dish or a recipe development! But for me, every time I make Dal Makhani, it is when I am missing home especially being in the region I grew up in. I am out & out North Indian & love my Paranthas, Pakoras, Sarson ka Saag, Palak Paneer & Dal Makhani with Naan.

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani

But being in Western India, a true Dal Makhani, Boondi Raita, Kadai Paneer, Malai Kofta are some dishes I miss the most. I have tried the best of the best restaurants but when it comes to giving the real taste of North Indian dishes they fall way short. Whenever I crave these delicacies, I make them myself.

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani

Traditionally Dal Makhani, is cooked on slow fire for hours and even days together. But in this fast-paced age, that’s a bit too much to achieve. Over the years I’ve learnt a simple secret to a great Dal Makhani, boil the dal & rajma a day in advance & keep it in the refrigerator.

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani

On the day of serving, simply cook with gravy on slow for at least 1/2 hour to 1 hour & allow it to thicken. And there you have the rich dal makhani with a rich taste that has developed over the 24 hours you kept it in the refrigerator.

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani

I love this version, my family loves it. Very sure you will love it too!

Dal Makhani

Traditional Dal Makhani, for all food lovers.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Warm
Servings: 6 people


  • 1 cup whole urad whole black lentil
  • 1 tbsp rajma kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp mustard oil
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 onions
  • ½ inch fresh ginger
  • 2-3 green chilies
  • ¼ cup cream
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder haldi
  • 1 tsp coriander powder dhania powder
  • to taste salt
  • ½ bayleaf tejpat
  • 2 cloves laung
  • ½ stick cinnamon dalchini
  • 2 big cardamom badi elaichi


  • Soak urad & rajma overnight.
  • Drain the urad & rajma. Pressure cook them together using water, salt & turmeric.
  • In the meanwhile, grind tomatoes, onions, green chilies & ginger.
  • In a pan, heat oil. Add the bayleaf, cloves, cardamom & cinnamon. Once they are roasted & leave aroma, remove them from the pan using a slotted spoon and keep aside.
  • Now add tomato paste & fry it on slow. Once the gravy starts leaving sides of the pan, add the boiled urad & rajma. Cook on slow flame for atleast 15-20 mins. Allow the gravy and urad to mix well & thicken. You can add more water if required.
  • Once you feel a desired consistency is reached, add the cream & roasted whole spices. Mix them well. Garnish with some more cream, coriander leaves.
  • Serve hot with naan/ roti/ parantha/ flat bread.


Tastes best if you cook earlier and allow it to enrich in flavor overnight in the refrigerator. 

As this is a traditional recipe it makes for perfect Holi celebrations round-the-corner.

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  1. So good to come across an authenic Dal Makhani recipe Deepali. Now I have no excuse not to try it out at home :) Lovely clicks too!

    1. Thank you Priya.

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  2. Thanks Deepali for the lovely entry

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  4. Lovely curry and its also a welcomed treat in my home. Great pairing for the usual rice we have.

  5. Hi Deepali. I love dal makhni! Thanks for entering this month’s DMBLGiT contest!

  6. I must try this recipe, looks awesome

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