Dal Makhani

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Dal makhani
A rich buttery finger licking dal or lentil curry from Punjabi cuisine. Best accompany with butter naan, roti, steamed rice, fried rice etc.

Dal makhani or dal makhni is a dish originating from the Indian subcontinent, notably in the Punjab region. The primary ingredients are whole black lentil, red kidney beans, butter and cream. The dish gets its richness from the use of cream, but it can also be prepared with yogurt, milk or no dairy.
Punjabi cuisine is a culinary style originating in the Punjab, a region in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, which is now divided between Punjab, India and Punjab, Pakistan. This cuisine has a rich tradition of many distinct and local ways of cooking. One is a special form of tandoori cooking that is now famous in other parts of India, UK, Canada, and in many parts of the world
The local cuisine of Punjab is heavily influenced by the agriculture and farminglifestyle prevalent from the times of the ancient Harappan Civilization. Locally grown staple foods form the major part of the local cuisine. Distinctively Punjabi cuisine is known for its rich, buttery flavours along with the extensive vegetarian and meat dishes. Main dishes include sarhon dā sâg (a stew whose main ingredient is mustard greens) and makki di roti (flatbreads made with cornmeal).
Punjab is a major producer of wheat, rice and dairy products. These products also form the staple diet of the Punjabi people. The state of Punjab has one of the highest capita usage of dairy products in India. Therefore, dairy products form an important component of Punjabi diet.

This month in Shhhhh cooking secretly challenge
facebook group we are sharing different dishes from the cuisine of Punjab.
This month my partner is talented blogger Poonam Bachhav who blog at Annapurna. Do visit her blog for some delicious recipes and different types of thali.
In this group we give each other two secret ingredients to cook with. Poonam gave me bay leaf and nutmeg. And I gave her kasuri methi and coriander. Visit her place to check out the rajma masala recipe
she made with these ingredients.

This Buttery dal is flavoured with green cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, bay leaf and nutmeg. Serve it as a side dish for party or for your family members. Everyone will enjoy the taste and flavour.


Whole black lentil or sabut udad dal – 1 cup

Kidney beans or rajma – 1/3 cup

Chana dal or Bengal gram – 3 tablespoon

Bay leaf – 2

Green cardamom – 4

Cinnamon – 1 inch piece

Cloves – 3 – 4

Onion – 2 medium, finely chopped

Green chilli – 2, chopped

Garlic – 6 – 7 cloves

Ginger – 1 inch piece

Tomato – 3 large

Fresh cream – 3 – 4 tablespoon

Cumin seeds – 1/2 teaspoon

Coriander powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Turmeric powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Kashmiri red chilli powder – 2 teaspoon

Nutmeg powder – 1/3 teaspoon

Salt to taste

Sugar – 1/2 teaspoon

Butter – 2 tablespoon

Oil – 1 tablespoon

Cilantro or coriander leaves, cream and butter to garnish


1. Soak black lentil or sabut udad, chana dal and kidney beans or rajma overnight in sufficient water.

2. Crush green cardamom, cinnamon and cloves in a mortar pestle.

3. Drain the water of soaked lentil and rinse well.

4. Pressure cook with 3 cup water, crushed cardamom, clove, cinnamon and bay leaf.

5. After 1 whistle reduce the heat and pressure cook on simmer for 30 minutes. Let the pressure settle down on it’s own.

6. Grind ginger, garlic and tomatoes into a smooth paste.

7. Heat oil and butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.

8. Add finely chopped onions and green chilli. . Fry till onions becomes brown.

9. Add tomato, ginger and garlic paste.

10. Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and kashmiri red chilli powder. Saute till oil leaves the sides.

11. Add 2 teaspoon beaten cream and saute for a minute again.

12. Add boiled dal and rajma. Mix well. Add 1 cup water. When it starts to boil reduce the heat.

13. Cook on simmer for 20 – 25 minutes. Keep stirring on regular intervals to avoid sticking at the bottom.

14. Now add nutmeg powder and remaining well beaten cream. Mix well and remove from heat.
Garish with cream, cilantro or coriander leaves and butter.

Serve hot with naan, roti or Indian flat bread, paratha or any bread. Even you can serve it with butter naan, steamed rice, jeera rice, pulao or fried rice.

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Soya Paneer / Cottage Cheese  Lollipop 

Soya paneer lollipop.

A very easy and delicious appetizer for your evening snacks or party starter.

You don’t need to saute,  just mix everything and fry. Your delicious soya paneer lollipop is ready.

Its a healthy and delicious snack for your kiddos. You can pack it in their lunch box. You will love these  crispy and yummy soya paneer lollipop. 

This week’s our 109th #Foodiemonday bloghop theme is #Onastick. My contribution is this super yummy and healthy soya paneer lollipop.

Soya is called unique food for it’s high protein content and having surplus vitamins, fibers and minerals.

Soya beans are a wonder beans for the grown ups and teen ages.

I have added paneer in it.

 Protein and calcium rich paneer/cottage cheese is a healthy food. Its a source of various other nutrients and low fat content.

If you have all the ingredients ready then you can make it in a jiffy. You have to mix everything and fry. You can shallow fry it in little oil or deep fry. Choice is yours.


Soya granules – 1/2 cup

Paneer or cottage cheese – 1/2 cup

Potato – 1 large, boiled

Ginger – 1/2 inch piece, grated

Green chilli – 2 – 3  finely chopped

Onion – 1 chopped 

Garlic powder – 1 teaspoon

Cumin powder – 1 teaspoon

Garam masala powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Red chilli flakes – 1/2 teaspoon

Black pepper powder – 1/2 teaspoon

Lemon juice – 2 teaspoon

Cilantro – handful, chopped

Salt to taste 

Rice flour – 3 tablespoon

Breadcrumbs – 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoon

Oil for frying 

Ice-cream sticks as require 


Heat the soya granules in 1 cup water. When it starts to rolling boil. Cover and remove from heat. Or you can microwave for 2 minutes on high power.

Let it cool down. Drain the water and squeeze well.

Peel and mash or grate boiled potato.

In a large bowl mix squeezed soya granules, mashed potato, grated or mashed paneer or cottage cheese, grated ginger, chopped green chilli,, chopped onion, garlic powder, cumin powder, garam masala powder, red chilli flakes, black pepper powder, lemon juice, chopped cilantro or coriander leaves, salt, rice flour and breadcrumbs. You can add 1/4 to 1/2 cup boiled green peas in it. 

Mix well with your hand. If require add little more breadcrumbs. You can also use oats for binding.

Make equal size balls. I have made 6 lollipop but you can make small bite size 12 lollipop.

Shape the balls like cutlets or croquettes.

Heat oil a nonstick pan. 

Fry the cutlets in it till the cutlets becomes golden brown.

Flip and fry the other side too. Remove and place on a paper towel. 

You can also deep fry them.

 Insert an ice-cream stick to the every cutlets. 

Serve hot with tomato sauce or any sauce or chutney.


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