How to make Sultani Dal - SK Khazana -

Not an everyday dal, this is a creamy and regal dal that is made during special occasions

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Split pigeon peas (tuvar dal), Yogurt (दही)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Simple Palak Dal Holi species Lemon Rasam Aam Kadhi (Fajeto)

Sultani Dal - SK Khazana

Sultani Dal - SK Khazana Recipe Card


History of Indian cuisine dates back to nearly 5,000-years ago when various groups and cultures interacted with India that led to a diversity of flavours and regional cuisines.
Indian cuisine comprises of a number of regional cuisines.  The diversity in soil type, climate, culture, ethnic group and occupations, these cuisines differ from each other mainly due to the use of locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions. 
Foreign invasions, trade relations and colonialism had introduced certain foods to the country like potato, chillies and breadfruit.    

Prep Time : 1-1.30 hour

Cook time : 26-30 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Sultani Dal - SK Khazana Recipe

  • Split pigeon peas (tuvar dal) soaked for 1-1½ hours 1 1/2 cups

  • Yogurt 1 cup

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Salt to taste

  • Red chilli powder 1/2 teaspo

  • Fresh cream 1/4 cup

  • Green cardamom powder 1 teaspoon

  • Black cardamom powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Clove powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Onion medium, layered separately 1/2

  • Cloves 2-3

  • Ghee 2 tablespo teaspoon

  • Coal 2 pieces

  • Milk 1/4 cup

  • Garlic cloves 6-8

  • Green chillies 1-2 + for garnish

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Onion chopped 2 tablespoons

  • A sprig of fresh mint leaves


Step 1

Heat a handi, add pigeon peas, ¼ tsp turmeric powder, salt, ½ tsp red chilli powder, and sufficient water. Mix well, cover and cook on medium heat till the dal is cooked completely.

Step 2

Take yogurt and cream in a bowl and whisk till smooth.

Step 3

Whisk the cooked dal with a mathni. Add green cardamom powder, black cardamom powder and clove powder and mix well.

Step 4

Add yogurt cream mixture and mix well.

Step 5

Place two layers of onion half in the centre of the dal. Keep the burning coal on it, place a few cloves over the coal piece and drizzle 1 tsp of ghee. Cover it with a lid and cook it for 2-3 minutes.

Step 6

Discard the onion and coal from the dal. Add milk to adjust the consistency. Let it simmer on low heat for 5-7 minutes.

Step 7

Slice the garlic cloves thinly. Slit the green chillies.

Step 8

Heat remaining ghee in a non-stick tempering pan, add cumin seeds and garlic, sauté till garlic becomes golden brown. Add onion and sauté till it turns golden.

Step 9

Add green chillies and a pinch of red chilli powder, mix well and add the tempering to the dal and mix well.

Step 10

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with green chilli and mint sprig and serve hot.

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