Dal Makhni/Makhani Or Kali Dal Or Makhni Dal

Dal Makhni/Makhani Or Kali Dal Or Makhni Dal

Dal Makhni/Makhani is a very popular & traditional Punjabi dish. This is a very much different version of Dal from the other Punjabi Dal. This Dal is a little bit time consuming preparation. It takes almost 24 hours to complete the dal in traditional way. But as now a days we have lots of modern cooking equipments. So this preparation hardly takes 1-2 hours to complete.



4 serving(s)

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45 Minutes

60 Minutes



Cooking Level

Meal Type

North Indian

Ingredients of Dal Makhani

Directions to make Dal Makhani in steps


  • Take a bowl and add the Black Urad Dal and soaked in water for 8-10hrs or overnight & then boil along with the Chana Dal for 30-45 minutes.
  • In the meantime make a smooth paste of 'Onion, ginger & garlic' without adding any water.
  • Heat oil in a pan and add Cinnamon Stick, Cardamom Pods, Cloves, Bay Leaf & Whole cumin seeds and saute till the fragrance comes.
  • Add "Onion, Ginger, Garlic paste" Turmeric powder and fry till oil oozes from the them and then add the tomato puree.
  • Cook the masala till the tomatoes are well cooked. When the puree comes to a boil add Chili Powder , Coriander Powder, Salt. Cover it with a lid & let it cook for 10 minutes on low flame.
  • After 10 minutes open the lid & add the butter. Now add the water of boiled dal and cook it for few more mins before add the dal.
  • After few minutes add the boiled dal and cover it and let it cook for 30mins on low.
  • But stirring every 2 minutes to avoid burn at the bottom.
  • After 30 minutes add kasuri methi and 1/2 cup cream and boil for 5 minutes & serve.

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Serve with Jeera Rice Or Naan, Or Tandoori Roti & onion slices on the side.
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