What Made Dal Makhani A Palatable Dish For Every North Indian?

There are two types of foodies – Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian. Both of them have their own tastes and favorite dishes to devour in. But, then there is DAL MAKHANI. This is one dish that is an all-time favorite for every foodie on this planet.

The fondness and devouring feeling that this dish offers can’t be matched even with the Michelin starred dishes. This is the most ordered dish in any restaurant. But, there are only a few who knows what exactly is required to add in the dish to make it a perfect Dal Makhani. And, that is what we call the ultimate dal makhani recipe.

The dal makhani recipe is not really tough, and there are many ways to cook, but then there is only ONE best way that makes us lick our fingers.

This is one dish that has always given a tough competition to the all-time favorite Non-Vegeterian dish – BUTTER CHICKEN. Just like non-vegetarians are head over heels for this dish, similarly, vegetarians have the same sentiments for the Dal Makhani.

But, a dish which is this finger-licking good, was first cooked by whom? Who was the one whose brain and taste-buds helped to bring-out this mesmerizing dish to the World?

Dal Makhani Recipe

Dal Makhani Recipe

History of Dal Makhani Recipe

Let us take a tour to the history of almost every Indian’s favorite dal. Not many know that both Butter chicken and dal makhani were the brainchild of a single man. The man who changed the way a North Indian used to savor on his food.The man we are discussing here is none other than the founder of a famous restaurant named Moti Mahal, Kundal Lal Gujral. He is the one who deserves all the applause and love for giving this revolutionized traditional dish out of black lentils and red kidney beans.

The origin of Dal Makhani backs to the time in the 40s when somewhere in Peshawar, a simple black lentil dal was served with hot rotis in one of the dhabas where Gujral used to work. Then, Gujral came to India after partition bringing along the famous black lentil dal recipe from Peshawar. However, the turning point in this dish came when he tried mixing the same dal with souring agents a.k.a tomatoes and fresh cream. At that time, whenever someone thought of a souring agent it was just Yogurt. But, he was the first one to experiment it with tomatoes thus giving us a lip-smacking recipe of dal makhani(now we get the ‘Makhani’ meaning in it).

Now, with the passing time, people have learned and found out many different ways to cook a dal makhani, but the original taste of it comes only when done the traditional way. Now, dal is a staple food in all North Indian restaurants and at almost every Punjabi’s kitchen. The dal makhani recipe is an easy dish to prepare that doesn’t take a lot of time too.

 

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Essential Tips While Cooking Any Rajma Recipe

In the Northern part of India, rajma is a common item that is included in the diet of all people. Rajma is not only filling, but it is also packed with several health benefits. Rajma is free of fat and rich in folate, magnesium and various other important minerals. 100 gms of rajma contain around 333 calories. Together, all these nutrients help the body to boost your metabolism, fight different medical disorders and also allow you to improve your digestion.

So, whenever you are cooking any rajma recipe, you are providing your body with a good amount of protein. It is great food for individuals of all ages. However, there are some essential tips that will help you to cook a delicious rajma dish every time you want to. Therefore, we have brought you some very important tips which will surely help you to create a delicious and mouthwatering rajma dish.

Tips to make the best rajma recipe

Choosing the right rajma – Make sure that you always choose a new stock of rajma beans always. Old stock of rajma does not cook well, and therefore it will not bring the best taste and become much more difficult to cook.

Rajma recipe

Soak the rajma – Always remember to soak the rajma into a cup of fresh water for at least 8-9 hours. It is vital to make sure to soak them in water in order to soften them. It allows the beans to absorb some water and allows you to cook much easily. It is recommended that you soak them overnight.

Spices – Use only good quality spices to cook any of your homemade rajma recipes. Spices enhance the taste of the rajma dish and give the absolutely perfect essence to your dish. The addition of garam masala and ginger paste is very refreshing. Many people also use coriander or red chilli masala for a different kind of taste and flavor.

Slow cooking – The process of slow cooking is the key to cook a delicious and mouthwatering dish of rajma. It adds to the thickness of the curry and allows the flavors and spices to get absorbed into the beans. In the last stage of the recipe, cook and stir the items well for at least 5-10 minutes.

Follow these essential tips the next time you enter the kitchen to make a rajma preparation, and enjoy a perfectly cooked rajma recipe very easily.

Idli Chaat: The Experimental Food

  • Total Time: 1h 15 m
  • Preparation Time: 45 m
  • Calories: 398
  • Servings: 4

Are you tired with the regular chaat recipes? If yes, then try the chaat that is an authentic South Indian dish & so delicious!

Ingredients of Idli Chaat:

  • Idli – 5
  • Kashmiri chili powder – 1 tsp
  • Salt – 1/4 tsp
  • Yoghurt (curd) – 1 cup
  • Green chili – 2
  • Coriander leaves – 1 bunch
  • Urad dal – 1 tsp
  • Curry leaves as needed
  • Rice powder – 3 tbsp
  • Asafoetida – 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 1/2 cup
  • Grated coconut – 1/2 cup
  • Ginger – 1 inch
  • Mustard seeds – 1/4 tsp
  • Onion – 2

Idli

Idli | Image Resource : livingfoodz.com

How to prepare Idli Chaat:

Step 1) To prepare the amazing idli recipe chaat dish, cut the idlis in bite-sized cubes. Now, prepare a thin batter with combining together chili powder, rice powder, salt, asafoetida powder, and water. Now, heat the coconut oil into a vessel on a moderate flame. When the oil is sufficiently hot, dip these idli cubes in the batter & deep fry them until they turn golden brown in color. When the idlis are done, stay them aside.

Step 2) Then, grind together green chili, grated coconut, coriander leaves, salt, and ginger to prepare soft coriander-coconut chutney. Now, beat thick curd to have a soft consistency. Have two tbsps of coriander chutney into it & combine properly. Fix the salt.

Step 3) Heat slight coconut oil into a pan on a moderate flame & include mustard seeds into it alongside urad dal. Saute them for some seconds & then have small ginger, green chili and onions into it. Fry the onions until they become golden brown into color. Switch off the flame & have a pinch of asafoetida on the fried onions. Place the fried idlis in curd, have the fried onions & sliced coriander leaves & garnish using chili powder.

Vada Pav: The Street Food Shahenshah

  • Total Time: 45 m
  • Preparation Time: 15 m
  • Calories: 238

Ingredients for Vada Pav:

  • Pav – 8 pieces
  • Refined oil – 1 1/2 cup
  • Baking soda – 1 pinch
  • Water – 1/3 cup
  • Parboiled, mashed potato – Four gm
  • Besan (Gram flour) – 3/4 cup
  • Salt – One pinch

For Filling:

  • Small chopped green chilli – Two
  • Mustard seeds – One tsp
  • Curry leaves – Eight
  • Grated garlic – Three cloves
  • Asafoetida – One pinch
  • Powdered turmeric – 1/2 tsp

How to prepare Vada Pav:

Step 1) Take a vessel & heat some oil & place mustard seeds. When the seeds begin crackling, have the curry leaves and asafoetida & saute for a few secs.

Step 2) Now, add chopped green chillies, grated garlic, and saute the ingredients for a few seconds. Now, add the turmeric powder, salt, potatoes & mix properly. Keep beside for cooling. If you wish to lower the cooking time, soak the potatoes in the lukewarm water with pricking the peeled potatoes using a fork, it will make the potatoes smooth.

Step 3) Meantime, make the batter by mixing besan, baking soda, haldi, and a little water (around 1/3 cup). Once the potato mixture has cooled, form equal sized eight tikkis. You could give it the desired shape, in Maharashtra, the vada is almost prepared in a round shape.

Step 4) Now take a shallow fry pan & then heat oil. When the oil is sufficiently hot, then dip each vada/tikki into the batter & then slowly slide it into the hot oil. Deep fry all the eight tikkis into hot oil, until it turns golden brown. Drain on absorbent paper & put aside. Slice every pav in half and put one vada in each of the pavs. Have some green chutney, fried homemade chilli, spices to your Vada Pav to accentuate the flavour.

Chocolate Kaju Katli: The Preferred Sweet In Occasions

Chocolate Kaju Katli is a delicious and yummy recipe that is one of the famous dishes in the world. Chocolate Kaju Katli is a simple yet amazing dish for you to enjoy.

  • Prep Time 10 mins
  • Cook Time 15 mins
  • Serves 4 People

Ingredients to prepare Chocolate Kaju Katli:

  • 1 cup – Cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup – Sugar
  • 1/3 cup – Water
  • 1 Teaspoon – Cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon – Ghee
  • Ghee to grease
  • 100 grams – Dark chocolate compound
  • Chocolate transfer sheet as needed

How to prepare Chocolate Kaju Katli:

  • Into a mixer jar, drop cashew nuts & grind till soft powder.
  • Don’t grind too much else it would begin to ooze the oil.
  • Drop sugar & water in a vessel & cook till sugar dissolves fully.
  • Cook till syrup becomes thick & little sticky.
  • Don’t wait till the syrup reaches to the 1 string consistency as if it is cooked more
  • then 1 string consistency, the Kaju Katli will become hard.
  • Lower the heat to low & drop cocoa powder and cashew nut powder.
  • Stir with the spatula & combine properly.
  • Cook & mix constantly till the mixture gets thick & leaves the sides of the pan, don’t overcook.
  • Switch off the flame & allow it to cool for three to four mins.
  • Grease a plastic sheet put the made mix over the sheet.
  • Grease your palms with ghee & knead it for a few mins.
  • Roll it out in a desired thick round shape with a rolling pin.
  • You could also put a sheet on it to stop the dough sticking to the rolling pin
    Cut it with a knife in diamond shape pieces.
  • Allow it to cool for three to four minutes.
  • The melt dark chocolate in a double boiler or into the microwave.
  • Cut the transfer sheet to the Kaju Katli size.
  • Implement melted chocolate on the Kaju Katli & put the sheet on it.
  • Peel the sheet post fifteen to twenty minutes.
  • The Kaju Katli is ready to serve.
  • Serve or store in the refrigerator.

Pressure Cooked Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji is a very famous street food that is relished by everyone. Usually, the tawa or the Kadai is the thing used to make Pav Bhaji, but today we are going to prepare it using the pressure cooker. The pressure cooked Pav Bhaji also tastes very amazing, especially on weekends. Pav bhaji, when made in the pressure cooker, takes less time and so this is best when you have a shortage of time.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 finely chopped medium sized onion
  • 3 finely chopped small sized tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 chopped small sized capsicum
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 1 large sized potato cubed
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chilli powder / lal mirch powder
  • ½ teaspoon haldi powder turmeric
  • 2 teaspoon Pav Bhaji masala
  • Salt to taste
  • 1.5 cups water
  • Finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 sliced lemon

Making of Pav Bhaji:

1. Take a pressure cooker and heat 1 tablespoon of butter in it. Once the butter is heated, add chopped onions and saute for a minute. Then add ginger- garlic paste and saute again.

2. Now, add chopped capsicum and saute them until soften. Then add tomatoes and saute them until they turn soft and mushy. Then add green peas and potato and saute again.
3. Once all the vegetables are cooked well, add chilli powder, haldi powder, Pav Bhaji masala, and salt. Mix all the ingredients well.

4. Now, add 1.5 cups of water and give a good stir. Then, cover it and pressure cook for 3 whistles. Let the cooker cool down and then see if the bhaji is ready or not. Add more water is required.

5. Once the bhaji is cooked, mash the vegetables using a potato masher. Once the vegetables are mashed, mix well and garnish it using finely chopped coriander leaves and few drops of lemon.

6. Yummy pressure cooked Pav Bhaji is ready to be served. You can also top it up with butter before serving. Relish it on weekends with your dear ones.

Mango Malai Laddu: The Fruit Touch In Dessert

Have you ever think how to prepare Laddus with fruits? If your answer is ‘no’ then go for this Mango Malai Laddu recipe which has interesting new flavors. The North Indian recipe is made with the mango puree, paneer or chenna, chopped nuts, ghee, milk powder and condensed milk. This sweet dessert is a lip-smacking recipe which could be made on the festivals and special occasions. It tastes yummy when topped up with the sugar syrup. So, you have no reason to wait for. I am providing you with the ingredients used and the method to prepare the delicious Mango Malai Laddu.

  • Total Time: 40m
  • Preparation Time: 10 m
  • Calories: 340
  • Servings: 5

Ingredients for Mango Malai Laddu:

  • Paneer – 2 cup
  • milk powder – 4 tbsp
  • condensed milk – 8 tbsp
  • Pistachios – 12
  • Saffron – 2 pinches
  • mango puree – 2 cup
  • Ghee – 2 tsp
  • Milk – 4 tbsp
  • Almonds – 12

How to prepare Mango Malai Laddu:

Step 1) To make this amazing sweet dish, bring a big vessel & add grated paneer, sugar and milk powder into it. Mix properly all the components until the mix becomes gentle.

Step 2) Now, in a deep-bottom vessel after placing it over the low flame drop the paneer mix from the bowl & keep stirring it.

Step 3) Now, include mango puree & coconut milk to the vessel alongside condensed milk & stir to simmer it on the low flame.

Step 4) Now, include sliced almonds, saffron powder and pistachios into the vessel. Keep stirring the vessel & let the mixture gets the thickness.

Step 5) When the mixture turns thick, switch off the flame. Pour melted ghee on the mixture & combine once again, let the mixture cool down. When the mix is cooled, take out little portions from the mixture & make small balls out of it.

Step 6) Mould it in tiny balls with your hands, and the mango malai Laddu is prepared to serve!

Rice Gulab Jamun: Experience The Uniqueness Of Fusion

Banana Gulab Jamun - Mouth Watering Dessert Recipe

Gulab Jamun

Generally, Gulab Jamuns are shining and golden brown prepared from tiny thick balls of milk dough immersed in the sugar syrup & the taste of cardamom. But what I’m referring now is completely unique and different. This is a sole blend of Gulab Jamun also so common and everyone’s choice, rice. The rice balls immersed in milk rather than sugar syrup.

Rice Gulab Jamun is a yummy dish that is loved by each age group people. Rice Gulab Jamun recipe is given here with the procedure steps in detail. And with the help of that, you could learn easily to make the recipe. It is a simple recipe that is perfect to start with for the first-timers. Rice Gulab Jamun is a recipe that is originated from the fusion cuisine & is so famous across the world. The recipe is good for serving four people. You could find this recipe at almost each food venues and you could also cook at your house. It is a simple and easy dish that doesn’t utilise much time. The mouth-watering and fantabulous dish takes only a few minutes for preparation and forty-five minutes for cooking. The aroma of the Rice Gulab Jamun make you crave for more and you couldn’t resist yourself fro it.

Ingredients for Rice Gulab Jamun:

  • 500 gms – rice Flour
  • 250 gms – Sugar
  • 4 – Cardamom
  • 500 ml – Milk

How to prepare Rice Gulab Jamun:

1. Dry roast rice flour into a vessel & stir constantly until it becomes brown in colour. Knead rice flour with the warm water till it gets a soft dough. Make tiny balls out of rice flour dough & steam cook for around ten mins.

2. Boil milk & drop sugar as per your expected sweetness. Include cardamom & rice balls in the milk & allow the rice balls to soak for around 60 minutes. Chill & enjoy.

Mattar Ki Kheer: The Saviour Recipe In Fast

Mattar ki Kheer recipe is amazingly drool-worthy. It is the perfect dish for the ones with sweet cravings all the time. This recipe will be accepted by everyone who is tired of eating the typical kheer recipes and like to try something unusual. The delightful dessert is healthy and tasty too. You could have this flavoursome kheer dessert on the events like buffets and kitty parties. Kheer has always been a saviour for the ones who do fasts on the Durga Puja and Navratri. The North Indian cuisine is prepared by shelled peas alongside ghee, milk & lots of sugar crystals. It is also included with many nuts with the raisins, green cardamom & pistachios that could definitely make you love the recipe from the heart. So, go ahead to try the recipe & relish the tastes. Here are the recipe details with the complete list of ingredients used and the procedure steps to make the recipe.

  • Total Time: 35m
  • Preparation Time: 10 m
  • Calories: 382
  • Servings: 3

Ingredients for Mattar Ki Kheer:

  • shelled peas-1/2 cup
  • milk-1/2 litre
  • green cardamom-6
  • pistachios-12
  • ghee-4 tbsp
  • raisins-12
  • sugar as per the requirement

For Garnishing:

  • almonds-10

How to prepare Mattar Ki Kheer:

Step 1) To make this recipe, boil the peas till they get tender & grind them to a fine paste.

Step 2) Then, take a thick-bottom vessel & place it on the low flame. Now, drop green peas paste alongside milk into it & bring it for the boiling.

Step 3) Allow it to boil for around fifteen mins till the mixture is lowered to half. Now, drop green cardamom powder, sugar, sliced pistachio nuts & raisins to the mixture. Mix properly & simmer it for around four to five mins.

Step 4) Detach it from the flame, decorate it with almonds & enjoy.

Pista Choco Barfi: Make This Delicious Sweet At Home

Pista Choco Barfi, a delicious recipe of dessert, made by using the khoya, ghee, powdered pistachios, rose essence, powdered sugar & cocoa powder. The Chocolaty & nutty dessert recipe would be liked by everyone.

Ingredients for Pista Choco Barfi:

  • powdered pistachios-1/2 cup
  • khoya-1 1/2 cup
  • green cardamom-1/4 tsp
  • ghee-2 cup
  • cocoa powder-1 1/2 tbsp
  • powdered sugar-1/4 cup
  • rose essence-two drops
  • edible food color-two drops

To Garnish:

  • silver vark-10 inches

How to prepare Pista Choco Barfi:

Step 1) Place a deep-bottom vessel which should be non-sticky too over a low to moderate flame & drop khoya with the sugar powder sugar in it. Stir it constantly & cook the mawa or khoya for around fifteen mins.

Step 2) When the khoya is cooked, put it in a big dish & let the mixture cool thoroughly. Divide the mix in 2 same parts.

Step 3) Put a portion of khoya in deep bowl & drop cardamom powder, green food colour, rose essence & powdered pistachios into it, combine properly.

Step 4) Next, take other half of khoya in big vessel & drop cocoa powder in it. Combine it finely too! Now, put one cling wrap on a flat surface or wooden board & grease it with ghee.

Step 5) Put the made pista mixture on it & place it evenly utilising the hands to make a 200 mm * 175 (8” * 7”) rectangle. Form a cylinder roll of chocolate mixture & put it on the pista mix leaving (1”) side from bottom. Roll it so tightly with support of a cling wrap.

Step 6) Smoothly detach the cling wrap for getting a roll & cut into fifteen equal slices & flatten it so lightly. Refrigerate slices for around fifteen mins. (Optional: You could decorate it with silver varq & sliced pistachios & just enjoy it!)