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DAL MAKHNI

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DAL MAKHNI

Preparation Time: 1 hour

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

Whole Black Gram (Sabut Urad)1 cup
Red kidney beans 2 tbsp
Tomato 2 medium
Tomato purée 5 tbsp
Ginger 1.5 inch
Garlic 2 cloves
Green chilly 1

This is a rich Vegetarian Indian Curry known as Dal Makhni.
DAL MAKHNI

Black Cardamom 1
Bay leaf 2
Cinnamon 1 stick of about 1.5 inch
Clove 1

Cumin seeds 1 tbsp
Asafoetida (hing) a pinch
Red chilly powder 1 tsp
Garam Masala 1tsp
Clarified butter (Ghee) 1 tsp
Milk 1 cup
Cream 1 tbsp (optional)
Butter 1tbsp
Whole red chilly 1
Chopped Coriander for garnish

METHOD

In a bowl mix the lentils and red kidney beans, wash thoroughly and then soak this mixture with enough water overnight. 
Wash the lentils once agin and drain the excess water. In a pressure cooker  add the lentils mixture and 4 cups of water. (It should roughly be double the level of lentils).

Add 1 tsp salt, bay leaf and black cardamom. Bring it to boil and pressure cook for 10 mins on full flame and  about 15 mins on slow flame.

In a pan put the clarified butter, cumin seeds let it crackle add the cinnamon, clove, garlic, chilly, ginger and asafoetida. Put this Mixture in a liquidiser along with the tomatoes and blend to a smooth paste.

Put this mixture back in a pan and add red chilly powder let it cook on a slow flame till the oil separates. Open the cooker and check if the lentil is properly cooked. Take out the bay leaf and black cardamom and throw it.

Add the tomato mix to the lentils and then add the tomato purée. Let it cook for 10 minutes on slow flame then add milk cook for another 10 mins. Put the cream and add the garam masala and stir.

Just before serving heat the butter add the whole red chilly, heat for about 30 secs and put it on the dal. Garnish with green coriander and serve hot.

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