Punjabi Dal makhani is one of most popular dal recipe in India. Also known as Maa ki dal this is a creamy, spicy and buttery dal preparation made with whole Black gram or sabut mah ki dal.
The regular restaurant style dal makhani is made using lots of butter and cream, so I usually skip this on the menu and order Dal fry instead.
For me homemade dal makhani works best as I can actually control what goes into it. A healthier version of punjabi Dal Makhani recipe which is almost as good in taste as the original punjabi Dhaba style Dal makhani.
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For this week’s recipe I chose to share this delicious and guilt freePunjabi dal makhani recipe which you can enjoy frequently. It is also said to be most popular punjabi dal. However, I don’t think this is the dal which was made frequently in my home or even at relatives. In most of Punjabi homes we stick to lighter dals like moong , Masoor etc. Dal makhani is cooked more on special occasions or when eating out in restaurant.
What I do remember about dal makhani is dal which was served at roadside Dhaba’s. When we were traveling on highways or sometimes when we used to go out when after marriage husband was posted in Barnala, this roadside dhaba was only place we we wanted to eat out 🙂
A creamy and buttery dal, which is traditionally slow cooked and tempered with tomato puree and ginger, is a flavorfulf and robust lentil dish. As the name Makhani ( which is name of butter in Hindi) suggests loads and loads of butter goes into it, which most of us love :-).
How I wish a Jeanie that can nullify the calories and cholesterol that comes with loads of butter! But sadly till now I did not encounter any such, so I tried to make this healthy version of dal makhani which does not contain ladle full of butter and cream and still it tastes as creamy and delicious as the original dhaba style dal makhani.
But as the life has it, most things which we love to eat come with a either lot of guilt, or insane amount of exercise to even out the indulgence. After trying it for many times and tweaking the recipe often I could finally got this recipe of Punjabi Dal makhani I make at home is much healthier than the one you get at dhaba’s or restaurants.
Try this healthy version of Punjabi Dal Makhani which is not only guilt free but tastes great just like almost original, so go cook some and enjoy.
And, do not forget to come back to tell me how it came out, even if you did not like it… that will help me to further improvisation.