Daal or lentil is one of the most consumed and favorite food of Pakistan. Although we love to eat meat dishes but daal is a special item our menu whenever we visit any restaurant. The recipe that I am going to share today is restaurant style shahi daal or you can call it special mix daal recipe. We are going o use 4 different type of daal in this recipe. The recipe is so easy to make that you can prepare it easily in no time. As always I have shared a detailed step by step recipe of how to make Pakistani style shahi daal at home. Do give it a try I hope you will love it.
Combine all lentils (daal) in a bowl. Wash and soak the lentils completely for 1 hour.
Now in a wok add ghee and put it on medium flame to heat it.
Add finely chopped onion in it and fry it till it turns to golden brown color.
Add chopped tomatoes in the onions and give a good mix to it.
Add salt, cumin powder, coriander powder, red chili powder and turmeric powder. Fry for 2-3 minutes so that spices could release their aroma.Add 2-3 tablespoon of water for frying if required so that spices could not burn.
Now add 1.5 liter of water in this masala, cover the pot, turn the flame to high and let the water boil. You can also cook this daal in pressure cooker but slow cooking will give a better taste to it that's why I prefer cooking it without pressure cooker.
When the water starts to boil add 2 chicken cubes and soaked daal in it. Give a mix, cover the pot again and let daal cook on low to medium flame for 35-40 minutes.
After the time check daal it will be perfectly tender. Their would be some water in daal but i prefer it as it is. But if you want a thick consistency you can dry the water from it as per your requirement.
Turn off the flame and put the wok aside as our daal is cooked and now we will temper it.
In a frying pan add ghee and put it on medium low flame to heat.
Add chopped garlic and cook for a minute.
Then add slit green chilies, button red chilies, and red chili flakes in it. Cook for 30-40 seconds and then add this tadka in the cooked daal.
Delicious special mix daal or shahi daal is ready. Serve with chapati or rice.