dal makhani

I really love Indian food. It is full of flavor and generally healthy. One of my favorite things to order when I am at an Indian resto is dal makhani.

A coworker, from my old job, is a great cook. He is from Mumbai, India and every once in awhile, he would bring in a homemade Indian lunch for us. It was great to be able to try different dishes and learn how they are made. I got this dal recipe from him and it turned out great - even better than from our local Indian restaurant.

serves 4

2 c. green or yellow lentils
2 Tbsp. canola oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. fresh grated ginger
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 c. chopped tomatoes
2 green chilies, seeded and chopped
1 tsp. ground turmeric

1 tsp. garam masala
1 tsp. red chili powder
1/2 c. heavy cream
handful chopped cilantro

Place lentils in saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then reduce to medium. Simmer until tender.

Heat oil in a pan. Add chopped onions and a little salt and saute until golden brown. Add butter, ginger, and garlic and stir to combine. Add tomatoes and fry. Add chilies, turmeric, garam masala, and chili powder.  Stir to combine. Add lentils, mix well, and cook for 15 minutes. Add cream and simmer for a minute or two. Serve over rice, topped with cilantro.



  1. i must make this! i love indian food too! :) i wonder how i'll find the spices here in italy though...

  2. indian food is the best in the winter when the wind is biting cold..... warms you up, all those carbs!


  3. making this tonight ! i have a makhani recipe, but it is middling at best ... this sounds delish !

  4. I'm glad this turned out great. Its a quick recipe to follow, very tasty and nutritious :)

  5. Oh YUM! I love Indian food, my husband not so much. Fortunately, he'll be away on business next week so I can try this out for myself!


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