Black Urad Lentils / Maa ki Dal / Dal Makhni

Black Urad Lentils/ Maa ki Dal/Dal Makhni

(Home style recipe from Punjab) Serves 4/ Vegan recipe

Ingredient list one

  • 1 small bowl /katori of black urad dal
  • 1 tsp salt (as per taste)
  • ½ – 1 tsp Red chilli powder
  • 2 green chillies whole
  • One big flake of garlic
  • A small piece of ginger chopped
  • 2 ½ glasses of water
  • ½ small bowl/katori of oil ( half the quantity of raw dal)
  1. Put all the above ingredients in a pressure cooker and close. Cook on high flame for ten mins and then slow flame for another ten mins.
  2. Open and check the quantity of water, add more hot water – its should be 2 ½ glasses again. Cook for another 20 mins
  3. Open the cooker once its cooled down. Boil one glass of water and keep adding to the dal (open cook it and add little water at a time, cook on slow fire) to get the right consistency. It should be thick.

Ingredient list two

  • One small onion- finely chopped
  • One tomato- finely chopped
  • Two serving spoons of ghee
  • ½ tsp of red chilli
  • ½ to 1 tsp of Punjabi garam masala
  • ½ tsp of coriander/ dhania powder
  • Green chilly
  • Fresh coriander chopped
  1. Heat ghee, add chopped onion , stir and cook till light brown. Add the tomatoes stir till they are well cooked. Add red chilli powder, little salt if required, Punjabi garam masala, coriander/dhania powder. Cook for a minute and add this to the dal.
  2. Sprinkle fresh coriander and serve.

(Add butter/ fresh cream if desired)

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