How to make Dal Pakhtooni -

A masaledar preparation of sabut urad dal.

Sanjeev Kapoor

This recipe is from FoodFood TV channel & has featured on Sanjeev Kapoor Kitchen.

Main Ingredients : Whole black gram (sabut urad) (साबुत उड़द), Ginger (अदरक)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

Dal Pakhtooni

Dal Pakhtooni 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 : 11-15 minutes

Cook time : 16-20 minutes

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Mild

Ingredients for Dal Pakhtooni Recipe

  • Whole black gram (sabut urad) soaked overnight (dhuli sabut urad) 1 cup

  • Ginger 2 inch piece

  • Garlic 10-12 cloves

  • Salt to taste

  • Dried red chillies 4

  • Onions, roughly chopped 2 medium

  • Oil 2 tablespoons

  • Butter 2 tablespoons

  • Coriander powder 2 teaspoons

  • Cumin powder 1 teaspoon

  • Tomato puree 1 cup

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh cream 1 cup


Step 1

Heat a pressure cooker. Drain and add the sabut urad. Add 4 cups water and salt.

Step 2

Grind garlic, ginger and red chillies with a little water to a fine paste and add it to the cooker.

Step 3

Cover the cooker with the lid and cook under pressure till 4-5 whistles are given out.

Step 4

Grind onions.Heat oil and butter in a deep non stick pan.

Step 5

Add onion paste and sauté, stirring, till fragrant and golden.

Step 6

Add coriander powder and cumin powder and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

Step 7

Add tomato puree and sauté till raw smells disappear and fat surfaces.

Step 8

Open the pressure cooker when the pressure reduces completely and add the sautéed masala and mix well.

Step 9

Add garam masala powder and adjust salt. Mix well and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Step 10

Add red chilli powder and most of the cream and mix well.

Step 11

Transfer into a serving bowl and serve hot decorated with a swirl of cream. It goes well with roti or rice.

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