This post is all about “My Legume Love Affair”. Yes I’m posting all my entries for MLLA-7 in one single post. MLLA is a brain child of Susan @ Well Seasoned cook, and is being hosted by lovely Srivalli @ Cooking4allseasons.

First up is my Dal Makhani. I make dal makhani with whole moong dal (green gram dal) instead of whole urad. Here’s my recipe:

Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani
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Servings Prep Time
46 serving 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
46 serving 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Dal Makhani
Dal Makhani
Yum
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
46 serving 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
46 serving 30 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Red Kidney beans – cooked
  • ¾ cup Moong beans Whole (Pesalu)
  • 1 cup Onions – chopped (from 1 large onion)
  • 1 tsp Ginger garlic + paste (g+g)
  • 1 cup Tomato puree (I used canned crushed tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • ½ tsp Coriander powder
  • 1 ½ tsps chili powder Red (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp Amchoor powder (or to taste)
  • ½ tsp Cumin seeds
  • to taste Salt
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Soak the beans separately for at least 8 hours. Pressure cook them for 4-5 whistles (depending on the cooker) until tender.**
  2. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a large sauté pan; add cumin seeds and after they splutter, add onions and sauté until they are slightly brown.
  3. Add g+g paste and cook for a minute. Add tomato puree; cover and cook for about 8 minutes.
  4. Then add all the spice powders; cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Add the beans, salt and 1 cup of water; cover and cook for at least 20 minutes, but ideally up to 40-45 minutes; stirring occasionally.
  6. Add half & half; simmer for another 2 minutes. Can be served hot with almost anything; pulao or roti.
Recipe Notes

** I usually make a big batch of beans every two weeks. I soak and cook about 2-3 different types of beans (separately of course). After thoroughly cooling them; I store about a week’s worth in the refrigerator in plastic containers; all the rest get stashed in the freezer in freezer-safe bags for later use. It’s extremely convenient to have cooked beans on a weekday; also I figured it’s much cheaper to cook them at home than buy canned. I do have few canned for extremely urgent situations.

I’m always looking for new baby recipes to make for my son. I borrowed Super Baby food by Ruth Yaron from the library. The book has rather small section on recipes, but the entire book is covered with good tips on how-to make, store & freeze homemade baby food.

There is a great recipe for “Super Porridge”; it is 2 parts whole-grains to 1 part legumes. According to the author when approximately 2 parts grains are mixed with one part beans or legumes protein is formed that is as high a quality as that from eggs or meats. To make the mix take 1/3 cup each of any whole grains and 1/8 cup of any beans/peas/legumes.

I made three different mixes for my little one:

1. Brown Rice + Rolled Oats + Adzuki beans

2. Brown Rice + Quinoa + Red Kidney beans

3. Millet + Pearl Barley + Moong beans

To cook, boil 1 cup of water in a saucepan, sprinkle in 3tbsp of the mix; cook covered on low heat, stirring occasionally until cooked, and takes about 15 minutes. Serve with cooked vegetables, yogurt or fruit. I usually serve the porridge with any curry that I make for us and my son seems to like it. Give it a try for your little ones.

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0 thoughts on “Dal Makhani”

  1. Dal Makhani is mouthwatering. Whenever I see any kind of dal these days, I am drooling! 😀

    Beautiful pics too.

    Whoa, look at that protein packed baby food mix! Are you trying make him a future wrestler or boxer?! ;D

  2. Tha dal makhani plate is looking yummy..
    Never thought of cooking n then freezing beans for further use, can give it a try….

  3. First time here, wat a lovely blog u have, dhal makhani looks gorgeous, also loved ur varieties of porridge mix..healthy n easy, would be prefect for everyone..

  4. Hi Pavani, Dal makhani with moong…wow, that’s a healthy twist instead of the usual black gram. I am going to try this…it sounds so promising. I liked reading your small self introoduction on the post :). Cheers.

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