Dal Maharani (Creamy Whole Black Gram & Red kidney Bean Preparation)

I love the rustic flavor of Punjabi Food. ‘Dal Maharani’ is such kind of dish that I always order when I visit any Punjabi food joint or Dhaba. One of specialty of Punjabi food is slow cooking and usage of a lot of dairy products like ghee, malai, butter and fresh cream. This ‘Dal’ is cooked on very slow fire for long hours traditionally. But now a day in Dhaba and restaurants follows this process. I have pre soaked the dals over night and then cooked in pressure cooker. Here I have used fresh cream but it can be substituted with malai too.


Ingredients to serve 4

  • Whole Black Gram – 100 gms
  • Red Kidney Beans / Rajma – 2-3 Tbsp
  • Onion – ½ cup (Chopped)
  • Garlic – 5-6 cloves (Crushed)
  • Ginger – 1 ½” (Crushed)
  • Pure Ghee – 1 Tbsp
  • Butter + Oil – 2 Tbsp
  • Cumin Seeds – ½ tsp
  • Dry While Chilli – 1
  • Bay Leaf – 1
  • Tomato – 1 (Medium – chopped)
  • Coriander Powder – ½ tsp
  • Turmeric Powder – ½ tsp
  • Red Chilli Powder – ½ tsp
  • Punjabi Garam Masala Powder – ½ tsp
  • Fresh Cream – ¼ cup + for garnish
  • Salt – To taste

For Garnish:

  1. Fresh chopped coriander leaves – ¼ cup
  2. Ginger – ½ tsp (Chopped)


  1. Soak both types of dals over night in water. Pressure-cook urad dal and rajma adding enough water. Let the pressure release of its own. Keep aside.
  2. Heat butter and oil in a deep non-stick kadai or wok. Add cumin seeds, bay leaf and dry red chilli and sauté for a few seconds till exudes aroma.
  3. Add chopped onions and crushed garlic-ginger. Sauté till oil seperates.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes and all dry masala powder except garam masala powder.
  5. Adjust salt. Mix well and cook till oil separates. Add cooked dals with all liquids. Mix well.
  6. Add garam masala powder and chopped coriander. Mix well and cook on low heat for 12-15 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Add cream and stir to mix. Serve hot garnished with chopped ginger with any Indian flat bread.

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