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Monday, 28 January 2019

Dal Makhani: The British Dal Festival Recipe Ideas

Dal Makhani: The British Dal Festival Recipe Ideas.

The British Dal Festival kicks off on the 10th February 2019 in celebration of the first ever United Nations World Pulse day. To honour the humble pulse, I thought you might like some dal recipes. Starting with this Sultani Dal recipe:

Sultani Dal - A classic Indian dish, dal goes as well with hot chapatis as it does with plain boiled rice.

Dal Makhani- is a rich Punjabi dal of urad gram (also known as whole urad beans or black lentils) and rajma (red kidney beans), rather than the split lentils or peas used for most dals. The name literally means “buttery dal”.

How To Make Dal Makhani:

Serves 4


  • 1/2 cup (100g) Urad Gram (Whole Urad Beans / Black Lentils)
  • 2 tbsp (25g) Rajma (Whole Red Kidney Beans)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 in Ginger, chopped
  • 3 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 6 cloves Garlic, chopped
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 2 Green Chillies, split
  • 2 medium Tomatoes
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala powder

What To Do:
  1. Pick, wash and soak the pulses (urad gram and rajma) overnight in three cups of water. Drain.
  2. Place the pulses in a large pan with three cups of water with salt and half the red chilli powder. Cover and bring to the boil, allow to boil vigorously for 10 minutes, then reduce the heat and simmer for a further 30 minutes or until tender. (If using a pressure cooker, bring to full pressure and cook for 10 minutes, then turn off the heat and leave to cool and return to normal pressure.)
  3. Heat the butter and oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour, add the ginger, garlic and onion and sauté until golden.

Dal Makhani: The British Dal Festival Recipe Ideas

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Recipe and image courtesy of The British Dal Festival.

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  1. I love the addition of kidney beans that makes dal more interesting for me. Nice recipe xx Maria

  2. I love the spices in this dish! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing your awesome recipe with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen


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