Restaurant Style Dal Makhani Recipe or Dal Makhni Recipe is a creamy, rich and flavorful lentil dish made using whole black lentil and mild spices. 

Restaurant Style Dal Makhani Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 258 kcal
Author: Neha Mathur

Restaurant Style Dal Makhani Recipe or Dal Makhni Recipe is a creamy, rich and flavorful lentil dish made using whole black lentil and mild spices. 

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Whole Urad / Whole Black Lentil
  • 1 tbsp Chana Dal / Bengal Gram
  • 1/4 cup Rajma / Kidney Beans
  • 4 tbsp Ghee
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Paste
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 cup Onion Grated
  • 1 tsp Ginger Grated
  • 6 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cream
  • 1 tbsp Kasuri Methi
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash and soak rajma, urad dal and chana dal in enough water overnight or for 8-10 hours.

  2. Add rajma, urad, chana dal, 2 tbsp ghee, ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, cumin powder and salt in a cooker.

  3. Add 5 cups of water and cook till the dal is nicely done.

  4. Mash the dal with the back of a ladle until it is creamy with some.

  5. In another pan, add the remaining ghee.

  6. When the ghee is hot, add the cumin seeds.

  7. When the cumin seeds starts to splatter, add onions.

  8. Fry till they become translucent.

  9. Add tomato puree in the pan.

  10. Fry for 2-3 minutes.

  11. Add grated ginger and garam masala.

  12. Cook for another 2 minutes.

  13. Mix the dal in the pan.

  14. Add butter and cream and cook for 2- minutes.

  15. Add kasuri methi and cook for another minute.

  16. Garnish with fresh cream and coriander.

  17. Serve hot with naan.

Recipe Notes

You can puree the masala before adding cooked dal in it if you want very creamy Dal Makhnai. 

That's how most restaurants do it.

You can also smoke the dal using coal to get the dhaba style smoky flavour. Just heat a charcoal piece until it is red hot.

Keep a small bowl over the dal and keep the coal piece on it. Drizzle a tsp of ghee on the hot coal and immediately cover the lid of the dal.

Let the smoke soak in the dal. Remove the lid and discard the coal. Heat the dal once gain before serving.

Nutrition Facts
Restaurant Style Dal Makhani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 258 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 58mg3%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 480IU10%
Vitamin C 4.8mg6%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 2.4mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.