Dal Makhani Tarts

Dal Makhani Tarts


  • For Dal: 1/2 cup whole black gram
  • 3 tbsp kidney beans (Rajma)
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 2-3 large tomatoes
  • 1-2 green chillies chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp fresh cream (I used Amul)
  • 3 tbsp ghee/ butter
  • 1/2 cup- 1cup Water or as required for cooking
  • For tart dough: 1 cup flour
  • 100 grams butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 tbsp chilled water
  • For Mint dip: 1 small bunch of mint leaves
  • 3-4 fresh coriander sprigs
  • 1/2 inch ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 tsp roasted cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt for dip
  • 1/4 cup hund curd
  • For Beetroot dip: 1 beetroot
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt for beetroot dip
  • 1/4 tsp chaat masala
  • For Salad: 3-4 lettuce leaves
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/4 cup shredded red cabbage


For Dal Makhani: Wash and soak sabut urad and rajma separately overnight in water.

Boil sabut urad and rajma in three cups of water with salt for three four whistles in a pressure cooker.

Open the lid and see if the rajma is totally soft. If not cook on low heat till the rajma becomes totally soft.

Heat butter in a pan. Add cumin seeds. When they begin to change colour, add ginger garlic paste saute for few seconds then add onion and saute till golden.

Add slit green chillies, tomatoes and cook on high heat.

Add the red chilli powder and saute till the tomatoes are reduced to a pulply mixture.

Now add the cooked dal and rajma, add water as required if the mixture is thick and let it cook on low flame.

Add garam masala powder and salt, mix it well with the dal.

Let the dal cook uncovered on low heat while stirring in between so the it does not stick at the bottom.

The more the dal is cooked on low heat the better the taste is.

I kept for around 30 minutes on low flame while stirring in between.

When the gravy has thickened enough, add cream to it and mix it well.

Cook for another 3-4 minutes and switch off the flame. The dal is ready.

For the tart dough: In a mixing bowl sift flour and salt. Now add butter cubes. (Butter should not be softened, it should be right out of the refrigerator)

Mix the butter cubes with your hand while rubbing through your fingertips to make like a fine bread crumb like consistency.

Now add 3 tbsp cold water and make a firm dough. Once done, wrap it in a cling film and chill for atleast 2 hours.

For Mint dip: In a grinder add mint leaves, coriander leaves, green chilli, ginger, garlic cloves, roasted cumin powde, lemon juice, salt and make a fine paste of it.

In a bowl take hung curd add the prepared green paste mix it well till you get a nice green colour and keep it aside.

For Beetroot dip: In a grinder add diced beetroot, garlic cloves, lemon juice, red chilli powder, chaat masala and salt. Grind it a smooth puree by adding 1-2 tbsp of water.

Take mayonnaise in a small bowl, add the beetroot puree to it and mix it well and keep aside.

For assembling: Once the tart dough has chilled for two hours, preheat the oven for 180 degree and grease the tart moulds.

Roll the chilled dough on a floured surface and cut out circles with a cookie cutter.

Press the circle into each mould till the edge and cut off the rest.

Make rest of the tarts like this.

Bake in preheated oven at 180° celcius for 20 mins.

Once done take it out from the oven and let them cool.

Once cooled down, add 1-2 tbsp of the prepared dal makhani in it garnish with fresh cream and a parsley leaf.

Serve the dal makhani tarts with mint dip, beetroot dip and a lettuce salad. Enjoy!


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