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Dal Makhani

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Dal Makhani is the king of all lentils (dals) in India and another must have when dining at any Indian restaurant. It is made out of whole urad dal (black lentils) and rajma (red kidney beans) which are typically super hard to penetrate but when cooked slowly over a period of time takes on a creamy, dreamy texture :) and although butter and cream accentuate its taste, it is unnecessary.
  Whole urad dal 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (Sabut Urad Dal)
  Dried red kidney beans 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs) (Rajma)
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Ginger garlic paste 2 Teaspoon, freshly made
  Green chilies 2 , slit
  Red onion 1⁄2 , finely chopped
  Tomato 1 Large, finely chopped
  Butter 2 Teaspoon (Use More If Needed)
  Red chili powder 1 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Salt To Taste
  Finely grated ginger 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Fat free half and half/Heavy cream 2 Teaspoon

Soak the urad dal and rajma overnight in plenty of water and pressure cook it the next day with enough water, salt, half a tsp of freshly grated ginger, and 1/2 tsp red chili powder until very soft. You need to make sure that you can easily press the dal between your fingers after cooking it. (A way to cheat is to pressure cook it with a couple of pinches of baking will cut down on the cooking time.)
Drain the water from the dal and reserve 2 cups of the dal water and set it aside.
Heat 1 tsp oil and 1/2 tsp butter in a pan and add the cumin seeds to it. (It would be good to use a cast iron pot or any heavy bottomed pan with a tight lid when making this)
Once the cumin seeds pop, add the onions and fry it till it turns a deep golden brown.
Add the ginger- garlic paste and let it fry up for another minute, stirring constantly.
Add the chopped tomato and 1 tsp red chili powder and cook it until the tomato turns pulpy.
Add the cooked urad dal and rajma to this gravy, and the garam masala and cook it on a low flame covered, for at least 45 minutes stirring ever now and then (the longer you cook this dal the better it tastes)
Add some of the dal water if the dal looks too dry (couple of cups or however much you'd like to add depending on the consistency of dal you prefer)
Taste the dal for seasonings, adding more or less salt or spices as you deem necessary.
Right before serving add the fat free half and half or heavy cream and a small blob of butter.

Serve piping hot with butter naans, tandoori rotis or pulao.

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Side Dish

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Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 354 Calories from Fat 56

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 6 g9.9%

Saturated Fat 2.9 g14.5%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 10.8 mg3.6%

Sodium 436.7 mg18.2%

Total Carbohydrates 55 g18.2%

Dietary Fiber 15.2 g60.6%

Sugars 7.9 g

Protein 19 g38.3%

Vitamin A 37.1% Vitamin C 69.6%

Calcium 30.6% Iron 26.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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