Dal Makhani (Restaurant Style) - Punjabi Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is a Nutritious Creamy Gravy made with Whole Urad dal, Rajma, butter,cream as main Ingredient.It is a very Popular Punjabi dish Goes well with Chapathi,Roti's,Phulka's,Kulcha's,Jeera Rice, plain Rice & Pulao. This dal is packed with richest sources of proteins for vegetarians. This dal is also good for women as it has iron, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, potassium which makes it a healthy pulse.Rajma also has fibre and protein content as it is full of antioxidants too.Today we will learn about healthy nutritious Punjabi side dish.

Dal Makhani

 Prep Time :  15 + soaking Time   min. 
Cook Time : 40 minutes.
Recipe Category: Sidedish
Recipe Cusine :Punjabi


whole urad dal - 3/4 cup.
Red Rajma - 1/4 cup.
Onions - 2.
Tomato - 2.
Ginger Garlic Paste - 2 tsp.
Chilli Powder - 1 + 1/2 tsp.
Garam Masala - 1/2 tsp.
Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Coriander Powder - 1 tsp.
Cumin Powder - 1/4 tsp.
Butter - 1 tbsp+ 1 tbsp.
oil - 1 tbsp.
Fresh Cream - 1/4 cup + 1/2 tsp

To Temper

Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp.
Cinammon - 1.
Cloves -2.
Cardomom -2.
Bay leaves -1.


Soak Whole Urad dal & Red Rajma together for 8 - 9 hours. Then remove the water & add fresh water & pressure cook it with needed water for 12 - 14  whistles at high flame, till it turns soft.


  • Heat 1 tbsp of butter + 1 tbsp of oil, add cumin seeds, cinnamon,cloves,Cardomom,Bayleaf. Saute till you get nice smell from spices. Then add finely chopped onions & Ginger Garlic Paste, saute till onions turns Golden brown colour.

  • Then add finely chopped tomatoes, add all spice powders chilli powder, Garam Masala, Turmeric Powder,Cumin Powder  coriander Powder & salt.Saute till tomatoes turns mushy.Meanwhile Mash the dals well with potato masher or ladle.

  • Then add cooked urad dal & Red Rajma along with Stock. Add needed water, according to the consistency.
  • Cook in simmer mode for 15 - 20 minutes, till it gets Gravy consitency.Then add butter, mix well.Finally  add fresh cream, give a quick mix & switch off the flame. Garnish with fresh cilantro.Decorate with fresh Cream.

  • Always choose Red Rajma, which cooks faster than deep reddish colour Rajma.
  • Gravy tastes Good, if you cook in sim mode for longer time.
  • Instead of fresh cream, you can add whole Milk.
  • Adding coriander Powder & cumin powder gives nice flavour to the Gravy. 

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