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Black Dal Recipe With Paneer-stuffed Naan

Black dahl with paneer-stuffed naan

Published: June 14, 2017 at 5:11 pm
  • Preparation and cooking time
    • Total time
    • plus soaking
  • A little effort
  • Serves 8

Lashings of butter and cream give this urad dal recipe the X-factor. The beans need time to soak, but once it’s in the oven it looks after itself.

  • Vegetarian

Try this black dahl recipe then check out our tarka dhal, lentil curry, sweet potato and lentil curry and coconut dahl with crispy paneer. For more inspiration, see our collection of dahl recipes.


  • 350g urid beans (whole black lentils), soaked overnight
  • 150g butter
  • 1 onion, grated
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp ginger, finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 tbsp double cream


  • 1/2 stick cinnamon
  • 4 cloves
  • 1/2 star anise
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 pods cardamon


  • 1 tsp easy bake yeast or fast-action yeast
  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • 50ml milk, warm
  • 250g strong white bread flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp natural yogurt
  • rapeseed oil
  • 1 green chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds, toasted
  • 200g paneer, coarsely grated
  • butter, for brushing
  • 1 tsp black onion seeds


  • STEP 1

    Toast the spices for the spice mix in a dry frying pan until they start to smell fragrant. Cool then grind in a spice- or coffee grinder.

  • STEP 2

    Drain the beans and rinse well, then put in a pan and cover with enough cold water to come about 3cm above the beans.

  • STEP 3

    Bring to a simmer then cook for 20 minutes, skimming the surface now and then. Drain.

  • STEP 4

    Heat the oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Heat 50g of the butter in an ovenproof pot with a lid.

  • STEP 5

    Add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened. Stir in the spices and cook for a couple of minutes.

  • STEP 6

    Add the tomato purée, beans and 850ml water and bring to a simmer. Put a sheet of foil under the lid to create a seal, then put in the oven for 2 hours.

  • STEP 7

    To make the naan, add the yeast and half of the sugar to the warm milk, then leave for
    a couple of minutes.

  • STEP 8

    Tip the rest of the sugar, flour and salt into a bowl. Pour in the yeast mixture, yogurt, 4 tbsp water and 2 tbsp oil, and mix to a dough.

  • STEP 9

    Knead until the dough is smooth, adding a little water if it feels too stiff, or flour if it’s too sticky. It should be really soft when you’ve finished kneading.

  • STEP 10

    Leave in an oiled bowl, covered, for about an hour, or until it has doubled in size.

  • STEP 11

    Mix the chilli, cumin and paneer and season well. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Roll each one out to a circle about half a cm thick, sprinkle over 1/8 of the cheese mixture and spread it out a bit.

  • STEP 12

    Fold over the dough and seal the edges. Roll it out again to a teardrop shape – it should be quite thin. Repeat with the remaining naans.

  • STEP 13

    Heat a large frying pan to hot, put a naan in and cook it until the top starts to puff and the underside browns. Turn over and brown the other side.

  • STEP 14

    Brush with butter or ghee, sprinkle with black onion seeds, then put in a low oven to keep warm. Repeat with the remaining naans.

  • STEP 15

    To finish the dal, stir in the rest of the butter and the cream and season well with salt. Serve with the naan.

Buy urid beans from Indian grocers or online from redrickshaw.com

Fancy having a go at homemade paneer? Use our step-by-step guide on how to make paneer


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