Dal Makhani


I am a fan of Nita Mehta’s recipes. I know a lot of purists will not agree but I find it simple and the end results never fail.


This is a dal makhani I make using her recipe and its an absolute favourite with the kids. All you need is some steamed or jeera rice and a light raita to accompany it. Here is the recipe modified to my taste buds.



1 cup saboot urad

1 tbsp ghee + 1 tbsp ghee

1 tsp ginger garlic paste + 1 tsp ginger garlic paste

3-4 dried red chillies

4-5 tomatoes pureed

1 tbsp kasoori methi

2 tsp dhania powder

1/2 tsp garam masala

1/2 tsp red chilli powder

1 tbsp butter

1 pkt Amul cream



  1. Wash the dal well, put it in a big cooker along with lots of water, 1 tsp ginger garlic paste, ghee and dried red chilli. After the first whistle, keep on low for 40 mins. Shut the gas.
  2. In a heavy bottom vessel, add a tbsp of ghee and 1 tsp of ginger garlic paste, fry it and then add the tomato puree. cook till the paste is dry and leaves oil
  3. Add the masalas and salt and fry it for a while. Add the kasoori methi and mix it well.
  4. Add this masala to the boiled dal and cook on low flame.
  5. Add the butter and keep cooking for another 20 mins, stirring at intervals.
  6. Adjust seasoning and add the cream, mix well.
  7. Let it simmer for another 15 mins on a low flame, Serve hot