Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dal Bukhara with Khasta Missi Roti

This week I decided to prepare Dal Bukhara with Khasta (or flaky) Missi Rotis at home and gave ourselves a treat. This combo is one of my all time favorites and I had been thinking of doing it for a long time.

Dal Bukara, also called  as Dal makhani is a signature mughlai dish of Indian cuisine. This exquisitely rich creamy  dal is cooked in a giant pot overnight over charcoals. Its made up of urad dal or kali dal, whole black lentils. Traditionally, it takes 12 hours to cook dal bukhara, but I have made a shorter version in a pressure cooker, which came out quite good. The key tip of making delectable dal is first, cook at  sim heat over long time, stirring occasionally. Second, add good quantity of tomato puree and fresh home made garam masala, to make the dal exotic !

Though this dal is full of proteins and fibre, but its slightly heavy on stomach as compared to other dals/beans. So keeping this caution in mind, some  times I make whole green moong dal this way. It really goes well with missi roti/tandoori roti. But at times, when I am not in a mood to cook, I simply open a pack of dal bukhara by Kitchens of India and relish with steamed rice, its yummy. But nothing beats taste of fresh home made 'Dal and Roti' !

Maah ki dal or Black Lentils : 1 cup
Water : 4 cups
Onions: 2
Tomatoes: 4
Ginger : 2''
Garlic : few cloves
Fenugreek/cilantro : handful
Salt, chilli : 1 tsp or to taste
Chaat masala: 1tsp
Cumin Powder: 1tsp
Fresh Garam masala:  1 tsp (bay leaves, cloves, pepper corn, black cardamom, cinnamon, cumin)
Heavy Cream: 1/2 cup
Butter  for serving
Cooking Oil: 2 tsp

Wash and soak the lentils in warm water at least for 2 hours.
In a pressure cooker add water, beans, salt  and cook for 20 minutes on low heat till beans are tender.
In a nonstick pan, saute chopped onions, tomatoes, freshly grated ginger and garlic,  fenugreek and cilantro. Add seasoning of salt, chilli powder to taste.
Puree the mix (Tadka) to make a smooth paste. This Tadka can be made ahead and added to boiled lentils.Add this masala to cooked  lentils and simmer for another 15-20 minutes (Preferably add fresh homemade garam masala - see method).
Add some cream to get the silky consistency and rich brown color.
Serve hot with few ginger julliens and a dollop of butter.

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Enjoy the bowl of piping hot Dal Bhukhara with missi roti or tandori roti...!!!

Recipe of Missi Roti:
Missi roti is a traditional indian bread made from besan (gram flour) that is rich in protein and has high nutritive value.  It is an ideal diet for weight loss without losing out on the fibre content. Besan  is a gluten free flour, and hence can be enjoyed anyone at any time.

Gram flour(besan) : 1 cup
Whole wheat Flour : 1/4 cup
Water: 1/2 cup
Salt, chilli, turmeric: 1/2 tsp or to taste
Carrom seeds (ajwain): 1/2 tsp
Ginger Powder: 1/2 tsp
Fenugreek/cilantro: 1/4 cup
Green Chillies: 1
Onions: 1 (small)

Mix gram flour, whole wheat flour in a bowl. Add finely chopped onions, dry fenugreek, cilantro and spices to taste. By adding warm water knead the mixture well to make a dough.
Take a small ball and roll it in circular shape (any shape) to make roti/chappati.
Can add a dash of oil in the roti and again roll it to make a parantha, optional.
Pre heat the griddle/ tawa.
Cook the chapati with or without oil till it turns rustic brown from both the sides.
Smear butter and serve hot.

Enjoy the meals with your family !!!


  1. Wow!! this is my favourite.. I love missi roti and my mom makes ao nice daal makhni... and I take it with big slices of butter... yummy.. looks so great and that balti is looking so cute :)

  2. Love the hot missi rotis with daal.Love the addition of butter on the top.

  3. I have never tried this, but reading your post, and the list of ingredients, my mouth waters !! Definitely, I must visit India!!!

  4. recently had a go at making parathas at home with good success. Looking forward to having a go at rotis.

    thanks for sharing

  5. delicious combination looks wonderful

  6. @The Foodie, yeah agree. Mums always rock in the kitchen by their perfection in cooking !

    @Vegetarian Zest, Even I love to eat butter to pamper myself at times !

    @ Cristina, I am sure you will love India as much as Julia Roberts did and its food and culture.

    @ Sarah, Wow...I cant believe this. Making roti is any day much easier than paranthas. Try this and you will love it !

    @ Torviewtoronto, Thanks !

    Thank you guys for your supporting comments !!!

  7. Look delicious. I love that last photo.

  8. It seems so yummy.....feels like eating just now.Ilove this recipe.

  9. I just ate some of this from a prepared package I bought at the international food store- we loved it. I'm so glad to find this recipe and try it, as well as the roti. Looking forward to seeing more of your Indian recipes- some of my favorite foods! Thanks,

  10. @Hind, The dal balti is all yours ! Thank you so much.

    @Sarah, So glad to know that you love making and eating indian Cuisine. I appreciate your comments !

  11. I liked the last picture of dal balti too Pam. Thank you so much for visiting my blog.

  12. It looks fantastic~can't wait to try it!

  13. Holy cow! That looks fabulous. You can tell a lot of love and effort went into preparing this dish. Awesome.


  14. @ Sommer and Velva, Thank you for your lovely comments !

  15. I love those roti - they look so tasty and satisfying! I've been wanting to branch out a little with what I cook, and Indian food, while I'm good at eating it, would be great to try to make more of. I'm definitely going to have to give this a try.

  16. @ Sticky Penguins, Its a great pleasure to hear your comments. The missi rotis are quite easy to make and fulfilling. Give it a shot, hope you will lov it !

  17. WOW! Such a mouth watering delicacy! Definitely I am going to try this by today to surprise my family. Please share more recipes I will keep in touch. Yesterday I tried roomali roti recipe and it was delectable. Thank you guys for sharing amazing recipes with us.


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