Dal makhani

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This dal makhani recipe from Alfred Prasad infuses ginger, garlic, ground spices, and tomatoes with an indulgent cream sauce to delicious effect. This is a wonderful Punjabi black dal to cosy up to on a rainy day, paired with naan bread or a fragrant bowl of rice. Kasoori Methi is available to buy online or in Indian supermarkets.

First published in 2015




Dal makhani

To plate


Wash and then soak the black lentils in warm water for 1 hour and strain
Transfer the lentils to a large thick-bottomed pan, add 2 litres of water, vegetable oil and ginger and garlic paste. Bring to a boil, cover with a lid and simmer for 2 hours or until the lentils are soft
Next add the chilli powder, blended plum tomatoes, unsalted butter and Kasoori methi
Simmer for a further 30-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. This can be chilled and stored in a refrigerator for up to 4 days
To finish, re-heat the required quantity of the dahl, add the single cream, season to taste and serve hot. Top with a knob of butter
  • 4 tbsp of single cream
  • 4 knobs of butter
First published in 2015

Alfred Prasad’s years at Tamarind saw the restaurant awarded one Michelin star, which it retained, and a stack of accolades (including numerous ‘Indian Restaurant Of The Year’ titles).

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