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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Homemade Langar Wali Dal | Punjabi Maa Dal (Dal Makhni) | Langar ki Dal

There are many names for the King of Dal's.
One is the ever famous Dal Makhni
Langar Ki Dal
Maa Di Dal (mother of all Dal's)
Dal Bukhara
Dal Maharani and Kali Dal.

The taste for all these Daals are almost the same,only difference would be,the proportion of the Kidney Beans and The Black Urad Daal also the amount of time you cook it.

It also depends on how you serve it,sometimes there is a dollop of white butter on top or cream,sometimes ginger juliennes.The base and method of cooking also stays the same for all these daals.

I feel the creamy and luscious taste of this daal is enhanced more if eaten with butter tandoori rotis.

I know you want some now.

Here's the Recipe for Best Restaurant Style Dal Makhni or Langarwali Dal.

If you want to get the most authentic taste,then you need to cook this for 4 hours max,yes 4 hours.
In most homes it is cooked for 8 to 10 hours,many time even overnight.Imagine the taste,ooo my god.

Now if you do no have the time,sure you can reduce the cooking time,but then i cannot promise you that killer king of dal taste.So the choice is yours. 

I cooked mine for 4 1/2 hours.And i used a thick bottom pressure cooker for this.

 ~ First start by soaking 1 cup Black Gram Dal and 1/4 cup Kidney beans overnight for best results.

  ~ Now strain the water and cook with 4 glasses fresh water,simmer and cook on low till soft.
It will take about  45 min to 1 hour.Keep checking and stirring in between.

~ Add 1/2 cup ginger and garlic paste.
Keep simmering,and add the spices and cook till everything is blended.

For the spices, adjust the red chili powder to your taste
Turmeric 1 tsp
Coriander 3 tsp
Red chili 5 tsp

~Now it is time to add 1 cup tomato puree with salt to taste and 1 pinch sugar.

Let it simmer for 30 min.

~Add 1/2 cup butter and 3 tsp toasted Kasuri Methi
with 2tsp Garam Masala.

Let everything cook on low for another half hour.
Please be patient,it will be totally worth it in the end.

OK now the final step add 1/2 cup cream and simmer for 10/20 min.

Now your done.Serve with Naan or Tandoori Roti.
T.i.p - Never add coriander leaves to garnish.It ruins the taste of this dish.

I know you will give this one a try.


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