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Saturday, 6 December 2014

Dal Nirvana (creamy lentils) | Creamy Lentils Made Indian Style

Dal Nirvana is almost like the famous Dal Makhani but the only difference is you use brown lentils for this dish unlike the dal makhani which has a mix of other dry lentils.

This dish is very comforting and tastes best with steamed rice in my opinion. 
Are you thinking what about naan? Yes of course you may serve this with naan or parathas too. Adding fresh garlic and finishing this dish with a tiny dollop of butter is a must and if you skip these two i cannot promise you best results.

In my house this is served on a cold winter day with rice and grilled kebabs, this combo is a true match and incase you want to make this meal a bit more elaborate make some garlic naan to go and serve with carrot halwa or kheer to complete the meal. 

For creamy Dal Nirvana
1 cup brown lentils
1/2 cup grated onions
1/2 cup tomato puree (make it fresh please)
1 table spoon crushed garlic
small piece ginger grated
1/2 tsp sugar
2 table spoon cream
1 tea spoon cumin seeds
2 whole dry red chili
1 table spoon butter + 1/2 tsp olive oil
chopped coriander for garnish
salt to taste

1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp garam masala

Start by boiling or pressure cooking the lentils till soft, make sure they do not turn mushy.
Boil the lentils along with salt and turmeric powder.

In a pot add in a little olive oil and  add in 1 tbs of the crushed garlic and keep the other half for later, sauté the garlic till fragrent. Add in the ginger,onions cumin powder and the red chili powder.

Cook on low heat adding salt to cook the onions faster, once the onions are cooked add the tomato puree along with the sugar, cook this till the raw flavor of the tomato goes and everything is cooked.

Now add the boiled lentils to the onion and tomato mix and allow to boil, if the water is less add a tiny bit, this dish is thick so adding too much water ruins the texture of the dish.

Cook on low and allow the lentils to gently boil, after 5 min add the cream.
Check for salt and adjust accordingly.
Only cook for 2 min once the cream is added.

Last is the tempering, add olive oil and butter in a pan and add the whole cumin seeds, the garam masala, the remaining crushed garlic and the dry red chili, sauté for a min and add it to the lentils.
Garnish with coriander leaves and now your done.

Do try it out guys, it's really easy and delecious.


  1. Desi food is absolute love! My mother loves Dal Nirvana and will be happy to try it. Keep up the good work and thanks for the recipe.

  2. Looks absolutely delicious. We have a tradition here of eating Dal almost every Friday or on Sunday. I have a screenshot of your recipe. Maybe I’ll try it one day.


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