Original Moti Mahal Dal Makhani Recipe

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Fancy some slurpilicious black gold? (Foodie Trail)
What does gold have to do with food? Well, I am writing about the black dal – yes humble black urad whole lentil whose avatar, the makhani dal, was invented by none other than Kundan Lal Gujral, the founder of the Moti Mahal chain.

He revolutionized the way dal was cooked, making it a household name, placing the humble dal on the world culinary map. The idea was triggered off when he invented the famous makhani gravy just to be able to serve the drying chicken tikkas by the tandoor waiting to be ordered but would sometimes dry out in the absence of a refrigerator in the good old days. He would just simmer those tikkas in this tomato gravy he invented, which gave birth to the much fabled butter chicken and the dal makhani.
Here’s the much-awaited recipe of dal makhani from my book “Motimahal’s Tandoori Trail”….Don’t blame your guests if they go slurp, slurp, slurp!

Original Moti Mahal Dal Makhani Recipe Recipe


By Monish Gujral Published: January 27, 2014

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins
  • Ready In: 60 mins

Fancy some slurpilicious black gold? (Foodie Trail) What does gold have to do with food? Well, I am writing about the black dal - yes …



  1. Pick and clean the dals and rajmah. Add salt and rub gently with both hands; rinse with water. Soak the mixture overnight in water. Take a utensil with a heavy base, add the drained dal mixture and double the quantity of water; cook over low heat . At the restaurant, we put it in a tandoor for a while to simmer slowly. Stir the mixture vigorously enough to mash it.
  2. Once the mixture thickens add milk and cook till the milk is completely absorbed. Add the tomato puree and all spices; cook (for about 30 minutes) till grams and beans are tender. Add butter and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Now add cream and stir for one-two minutes. Remove and serve hot.

First chef from India to be invited to Le cordon Bleu to demonstrate in Paris. Monish is credited with the trailblazing turn-around of Moti Mahal, from being a small but iconic presence in Delhi, to becoming a multi-national corporation that is well on its way to defining how the world eats Indian food. A traditionalist, Monish has remained true to the signature dishes that made Moti Mahal a legend, while reinventing the dining experience into one that is exciting and avant garde to suit modern sensibilities.

1 Comment

  1. Bindu

    November 25, 2017 at 10:41 pm

    Trying the dal for the first time…my only question is that …There is no onions or garlic??

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