Kaali Daal Recipe | Here's How To Prepare This Delicious North Indian Dish At Home


Kaali Daal a.k.a. Daal Makhani, is a very popular North Indian dish. The daal is actually a good source of protein and carbs. Here is the recipe for Kaali Daal.

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Kaali daal

Kaali Daal a.k.a. Daal Makhani is a very popular North Indian dish. It is associated with the kind of comfort one gets with moms cooking, hence it is also called ‘Maa ki Daal’. The daal is actually a good source of protein and carbs. Here is the recipe for Kaali Daal. Read ahead to know more-

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Recipe for Kaali Daal


  • 1 cup split urad daal (black lentils)
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 large thin sliced onions
  • 2 green chilies
  • Pinch​ of asafoetida
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (like vegetable, canola or sunflower)
  • 2-inch piece of ginger
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (minced)
  • 2 large tomatoes (chopped into cubes)
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons ghee

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How to make Kaali Daal?

  • Soak the urad daal (black lentils) in a bowl of water, overnight.
  • Boil the soaked lentils with 3 cups of water, 1 sliced onion, green chillies, asafetida, and salt till they are very tender.
  • Set it aside.
  • In a separate pan, heat the oil and fry the other onion until soft.
  • Add the ginger and garlic and fry for 1 minute.
  • Add the tomatoes, coriander, cumin, and red chilli powder and fry for about another five minutes.
  • Add the reserved boiled lentils and enough water to make a thick gravy-like consistency and mix well.
  • Simmer for about ten minutes.
  • Pour in the whisked cream and mix well.
  • Turn off the fire/ gas.
  • In another small pan, heat the ghee and add the cumin seeds.
  • Cook till they stop spluttering.
  • Pour this into the lentils (it will all sizzle) and mix well.
  • The delicious Kaali Daal is ready.
  • It is best served hot with naans (tandoor-baked leavened Indian flatbread).

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