How to make Dal Bukhara -

A flavourful dal made with whole black grams, kidney beans and split Bengal gram and enriched with cream

Sanjeev Kapoor

This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

Main Ingredients : Whole black gram with skin (chilkewala sabut urad), Kidney beans (rajma)

Cuisine : Indian

Course : Dals and Kadhis

You can also find more Dals and Kadhis recipes like Masoor Ki Dhal Puliseri Panchmeli Daliche Varan Sambhar

Dal Bukhara

Dal Bukhara 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 : 8-10 hour

Cook time : 1-1.30 hour

Serve : 4

Level Of Cooking : Moderate

Taste : Spicy

Ingredients for Dal Bukhara Recipe

  • Whole black gram with skin (chilkewala sabut urad) soaked 1 cup

  • Kidney beans (rajma) soaked 1/4 cup

  • Split Bengal gram (chana dal) soaked 2 tablespoons

  • Salt to taste

  • Butter 1 tablespo to garnish

  • Oil 1 tablespoon

  • Cumin seeds 1 teaspoon

  • Green cardamoms 3-4

  • Cloves 3-4

  • Cinnamon 1 inch

  • Ginger paste 1 tablespoon

  • Green chillies 2

  • Turmeric powder 1/4 teaspoon

  • Coriander powder 1 teaspoon

  • Cumin powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Nutmeg powder 1/2 teaspoon

  • Red chilli powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh tomato puree 1 cup

  • Dried fenugreek powder (kasuri methi) roasted and powdered 1 teaspoon

  • Garam masala powder 1 teaspoon

  • Fresh cream 1/4 cup + to garnish

  • Fresh coriander sprig to garnish

  • Naan to serve


Step 1

Put black gram, kidney beans and split Bengal gram into a pressure cooker, add salt and 4 cups water, cover the cooker and cook under pressure till 7-8 whistles are released. Once the pressure settles completely uncover the cooker and mash the cooked ingredients slightly.

Step 2

Heat butter and oil in a deep non-stick pan, add cumin seeds, green cardamoms, cloves, cinnamon stick and ginger paste, mix well and sauté for a minute on medium heat.

Step 3

Break and add green chillies, mix and sauté for a minute. Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder and nutmeg powder, mix and sauté for 1 minute.

Step 4

Add red chilli powder and mix well. Add tomato puree, mix well, cover and cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally, till oil separates.

Step 5

Add the cooked grams and salt and mix well. Churn the mixture with a churner mashing the grams. Cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat.

Step 6

Add powdered dried fenugreek leaves and garam masala powder and mix well. Cook for 3-4 minutes on medium heat. Add cream and mix well and cook for a minute.

Step 7

Transfer into a serving bowl, garnish with cream, a dollop of butter and coriander sprig and serve hot with naan.

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