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>> Friday, January 25, 2008

During my MBA days in GIM ( Goa Institute of Management), we had a choice of two canteens/cafeteria for our food inside the campus...my friends and i preferred one of them over the other for obvious reasons such as tastier food and more varieties....but whenever we saw dal makhani on the menu board in the less favourite canteen, that meant we were to have our lunch/dinner there, as one of my friends was crazy about that...We also stocked up on "ready to eat" packages and dal tadka and dal makhani was always part of the deal :) All of us also got back various pickles whenever we came back from holidays and my roommate had packets of different varieties of Khakhra...we somehow made sure that we always had good food to eat..and made it even better with roof top dinners on the terrace!!! oohh...i sooo miss those days!! :(

Any kind of dal is something i turn to, whenever i want to have something simple yet tasty and hearty...i got this really good Dal Makhani recipe from one of Tarla Dalals cookbook ( which sadly got left behind in india) and last week, i wanted the exact same recipe...i tried looking up in Tarla Dalal's website but all of the Dal Makhani recipes given there were for paid members...n then i found one of the free recipes..but it was a jain recipe...it pretty much looked like the original recipe from the book i had..so i decided to twist it a little and added onions and garlic to it... and to my great delight, it turned out to be just as great as the one i made before!! :)


1 cup urad dal ( i used whole moong dal here, as i like that better than urad dal...so may be that does not make this an authentic dal makhani.. i cooked the dal in the MW, by microwaving the dal with enough water at high power for about 30 mins)
1/2 can kidney beans
2 green chillies
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 onion, chopped
1/2 tsp ginger garlic paste
1 tsp chilli powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp garam masala powder
1 cup tomato puree ( i used about 3 tbsps of tomato paste mixed with water. I find that the tomato paste gives a more dense flavour as compared to puree)
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt to taste

Heat oil in a skillet and add cumin seeds. When they crackle, add the onions and ginger garlic paste. Add the green chillies and all the masala. Saute for a few minutes and add the tomato puree. Let it cook for a while and then add the dal and the kidney beans ( mash both the dal and the kidney beans well before adding them). Add salt and the cream and let it stay on the stove top to soak in all the masala and its ready to be served!!!

This goes out to Susan's My Legume Love Affair - An Event

And these lovely spices on my spice rack, go to Pooja of My Creative Ideas for her Theme of the week - Orange, White and Green , celebrating India's Republic Day..

Tricolour Spices!!


shriya January 25, 2008 at 2:10 PM  

This is a Excellent recipe for dal makhani. It has to be one of the recipes liked by both veggies & non-veggies. I love the Spice rack, nice idea, it looks great and wish you all the best for your entries!

Asha January 25, 2008 at 2:15 PM  

Hi Girl, dal looks delicious and wholesome. Whole black Urad is added to Makhani which is hard to cook in the MW indeed,I agree. Moong dal is easier, tastes great too! You can make it 3 in one, "comfort food"!:D
Have a great weekend, see ya.

Pooja January 25, 2008 at 2:23 PM  

You are quick Manju :D. Just read your comment and got this entry too . thanks for being a part of celebration. If possible add the logo for the theme . See you at round up.

Superchef January 25, 2008 at 3:33 PM  

Thanks Shriya, i just rearranged the spice bottles.. :)

Asha, i have something else for the "comfort food" :) Have a great weekend as well..loved the snow pics on ur blog..forgot to mention that in my comment..

:D:D ive added the logo now..sorry, i forgot that one.. :)

vimmi January 25, 2008 at 7:49 PM  

I make dal makhani the traditional way. The spices look wonderful. great entries

Reeta Skeeter January 26, 2008 at 7:37 AM  

I loveee the last pic!
Nice blog you have here!

Laavanya January 26, 2008 at 7:45 AM  

That looks creamy and comforting just like dhal makhni should be... :)

Rajitha January 26, 2008 at 12:13 PM  

the spices was a cute idea!!

Rajitha January 26, 2008 at 12:14 PM  

the spices arranged is a cute idea!

Siri January 27, 2008 at 4:38 PM  

Love Dal Makhani any time SC and even we used to just love the cafeteria/ canteen food in undergrad days..:)

The tri color pic looks so cute..


~ Siri

AnuSriram January 29, 2008 at 11:12 AM  

Dhal looks awesome and delicious... G8 click for jan 26th...

Dhivya January 29, 2008 at 12:00 PM  

Looks yummy,,,thanks for sharing

Superchef January 29, 2008 at 12:10 PM  

thanks Vimmi, thanks Happy cook...

thanks reeta Skeeter, i love the last one too.. :)

laavanya, yes you are right...dal makhani should be creamy and comforting..glad u liked it..

thanks sagari and rajitha..

thanks Siri..

thank you Anu and Dhivya :)

Pravs January 29, 2008 at 6:50 PM  

Nice spice bottles.dal makhani looks rich & yummy.

Daily Meals January 30, 2008 at 4:59 AM  

Looks so delicious. Adding moong dal is a nice idea.

Superchef January 30, 2008 at 11:59 AM  

thanks pravs!!

Daily meals, thanks...moong dal was easier to cook and a healthier option too :)

Cynthia January 30, 2008 at 5:19 PM  

Being able to make comfort foods are a blessing.

Your spice rack, rocks!

Kribha January 30, 2008 at 7:24 PM  

I have made dal makhai only once that too 7 years back. I had a north-indian friend who taught me that. During the latter years I lost the recipe and have never tried this dish after that. Your picture looks so tempting. Thanks for sharing this great recipe.

Seena January 30, 2008 at 7:33 PM  

Hi Superchef,
Nice to see again an Indian with a lovely food blog..!
will come back to see your recipes, thanks for visiting my blog..
You look very pleasant! :)

Superchef January 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM  

ohh..yes cynthia...that sure is a blessing
You are always welcome, Kribha..thanks for all the lovely comments you left in my other posts...isnt it a gr8 feelign to get a recipe of a long lost dish ;) :D
thanks seena..

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