Punjabi Dal Makhani finds a place in almost all Indian restaurant menus. It is a staple in every punjabi household as well. The original recipe makes it rich and high in fat content because of the ghee and cream. These days because of the rise in health consciousness many people are weary of eating such high cholesterol and high fat content food. Yet they crave for it. And at times it gets difficlut to control and one ends up gorging on this sinful food. So for all the dal makhani lovers out there, we have tried a low calorie recipe. This low fat dal makhani will be able to satisfy your taste buds. Hope you enjoy. Bon appetite ….
- 1/2 cup Whole Black Gram (Saboot Urad Dal)
- 1/8 cup Rajma (Red kidney Beans)
- 1 – 2 green chillies slit lengthwise
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 2 – 3 Moti Elaichi
- 2 cloves
- 1 Tej Patta
- 1 small piece cinnamon
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
- 1 tomato finely chopped
- 1/4 tsp red chilly powder
- 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
- 1/4 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp Oil
- 1/2 cup low toned milk
- Few chopped sprigs of green coriander
- 1 tsp Dahi
- Soak the dal and rajma overnight in water. The amount of water should be double the amount of dal and rajma as they are going to get double in volume upon soaking.
- Drain the water. In a pressure cook add dal, rajma, moti elaichi, cloves, tej patta, cinnamon, salt, turmeric and slit green chillies along with 4 1/2 cups of water.
- Close the cooker and bring to full pressure on high flame. After first whistle, turn down the flame to low and let the dal slow cook for 25 – 30 mins. Then turn off the heat and let the cooker cool naturally.
- When you open the cooker the dal should be soft and thick in consistency. Whisk it with a ladle and ensure that it is overcooked. Otherwise you can put in some more water and let it cook more till the dal gets mashed completely.
- Remove all the spices like taj patta, cloves and others from the cooked dal.
- Now add the milk. This will change the color of the mixture. Let it simmer till the dal gets thick and creamy in texture.
- In a kadai, heat the oil and add the cumin seeds. When they begin to crackle add onion and ginger garlic paste. Let them cook till onions are golden brown. Then add tomatoes. Let it cook till they are soft and mushy. Then add garam masala and coriander powder and red chilly powder. Stir constantly lest the masala gets burnt.
- After few seconds add the cooked dal-rajma mixture.
- Mix well and let it simmer for 5 – 10 minutes.
- Garnish with green coriander and beaten curd.
- Serve hot with chapati or rice with paneer sabji and salad.