Friday, October 9, 2009

Dal Bukhara

A dish similar to Dal Makhni, but even simpler - considering there are no onions to chop and needs only few hours of soaking and can be prepared without much preparation.

Whole black lentils ( Urad or Black gram whole) - 1 cup
Ginger paste - 1 tbsp
Garlic paste - 2 tbsp
Tomato Purée - 3/4 cup
Red chili powder - 2 tbsp
Butter - 2 tbsp
Cream - 4 tbsp
Salt to taste

Pick, wash the lentil in running water till the water is clear.
Soak for at least 4 hours
Drain and pressure cook ( traditionally it is cooked in a heavy pan till the lentil is well cooked)
Take the cooked lentil in a dish.
Add salt, ginger and garlic pastes, purée and red chili powder.
Mix, add a little more water.
Bring to boil and then simmer for about 15 minutes.
Add the butter and then the cream.
Simmer awhile
Remove from heat, serve with a dollop of butter.
Garnish with coriander.


  1. Hi Radha. This looks so so tempting. Perfect to eat with Naan or jeera rice. Hmmm, I am hungry.

  2. now I have a question for you my wise cook. When would one use split beans versus whole or are they interchangeable...does the split just make it more mushy? Also....bought jackfruit on the weekend from my favorite Indo-Fiji a can. What can I make with it or do I eat it just like that? Never had it before....nor the husband Grin.

  3. The split black gram dal will really make the dish mushy as you say. And besides that, this is a sure way of adding fibre to your diet and along with it some of the nutrients that are otherwise lost when the seedcoat is removed.

    Jackfruit - it can be used in different stages of ripening. And except for the hard spiny outer covering, every bit of jackfruit is used in various dishes including the seed. Personally, I have never made the recipes. I love the ripe fruit - which some people just detest because of the strong flavour. I am giving you some links - I hope it gives you good results. Otherwise maybe you can improvise and add it to any of the delicious desserts you make -

    or even aayis recipes

    Do post the results online.

  4. You, my friend, are terrific! I shall spend the afternoon reading the links. Thanks for the info on the split vs. non-split lentils! I am learning so much through you! BTW...I'll post the jackfruit recipe...whatever I go with...ta for now!


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