Black lentils (maa di dal) recipe

Black lentils (maa di dal)

Black lentils are served at just about every Indian restaurant. It's got a beautiful flavor that goes so well with rice, chapatis and even some ugali.

Black lentils recipe


➥1 cup whole black lentils
➥4 cups water
➥½ tsp chili powder
➥½ tsp turmeric powder
➥¹/₂ tsp cumin powder
➥1 medium size onion, chopped
➥2 medium-size tomatoes, chopped
➥1-inch ginger, finely chopped
➥4-5 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
➥1 tsp garam masala
➥2-3 tbsp butter
➥2-3 tbsp heavy cream
➥Salt to taste


Cover the lentils with water and let soak for 4-5 hours or overnight. Add 3 cups of water, salt, and the lentils to a pressure cooker and cook for 6-8 whistles or until you can mash a lentil between your fingers.

In a pot, add 1 tbsp butter, onions, ginger, and garlic. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until the onions turn golden brown. Add chili powder, turmeric powder, and cumin powder and toss. Add tomatoes and let cook for 3-4 minutes or until the tomatoes are cooked and oil starts to ooze out. Add cooked lentils, 1 cup of water, remaining butter and garam masala and let come to a boil. Simmer for 25-30 minutes until the liquid becomes thick.

Pour heavy cream and mix. Let simmer for 5 minutes and you are ready to serve. Serve hot with chapati's, rice, ugali or naan bread.
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