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Dal Maharani Recipe

Meenu Gupta
Royal Dal (Dhal) recipe, which is creamy and extremely delicious, aptly suiting its name a Dal Maharani
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 5
Calories 400 kcal


  • 1 Cup Yellow Split Pigeon peas / Arhar/ Toor Dal
  • 1/2 Cup Split Black lentils With Skin
  • 1 Onion Large - Make the paste of it
  • 2 Bayleaves
  • 1 Inch Cinnamon stick
  • 2 Green Cardamom Crushed
  • 1/3 Tsp Asafoetida
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Kashmiri Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/3 Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Cream
  • 1 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee / Clarified Butter
  • 10 Grams Fresh Coriander Leaves For garnishing
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste


  • Wash and soak both, toor and split black lentils, in enough water for 30 minutes. After that, pressure cook them with 1/2 teaspoon salt, turmeric powder and 2 cups of water. Once you get 2 whistles from cooker, switch off the heat and let the pressure release.
  • Heat oil in a pan/ kadai over medium heat and add asafoetida and cumin seeds to it. Once they crackle, add bay leaves, crushed cardamom and cinnamon stick and sauté.
  • Add ground onion paste and sauté till it changes its colour. Add ginger-garlic paste now and sauté till raw smell goes away. Add coriander powder, cumin powder, kashmiri red chilli powder, and garam masala to it and sauté.
  • Add boiled lentils and 1 cup of boiling water and mix well. Add cream and let it boil for few minutes. Add rest 1/2 teaspoon salt and lemon juice to it and sauté. Add desi ghee and switch off the heat. Mix well and transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and serve hot with rice or bread of your choice.


  • Don’t over boil the lentils. We want them to be cooked and soft, not mushy.
  • You can use Desi ghee/clarified butter instead using oil too.


Nutrition Facts
Dal Maharani Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 400 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 25mg1%
Potassium 96mg3%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 493IU10%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 42mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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