Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Dal bati recipe | Dal baati

I tasted Dal Baati only last year. Weird right? That too I came to know only then. When I was served at a friend’s place. I really loved it and wanted to take the recipe from her. Saw this Dal baati recipe at Khaugri and bookmarked it few month back. But recently wanted to eat this dal baati, so I wanted to try and blog it too. I had this last year when I visited Pune – Rajdhani restaurant. I saw it in a mall and suggested Vj to have lunch there. I have hear about Rajdhani in Chennai that they serve so many varieties of food and dessert. So wanted to give a try there in Pune as I know I wont get a chance to go there at Chennai.


But there was not that good service where we went at Pune. Or may be we went late for lunch. There were few items missing or they forgot our table. Also we all were South Indians and who ever accompanied us never felt filling and they were waiting and waiting for some rice to be served. But everything was served in small quantity and they never re filled our dishes – as they supposed to do (as far as I know). And I think no one liked the food. Somehow I liked as I like most of the North Indian cuisine. From that time, everyone in our family runs away if they hear the name Rajdhani. But I sure want to visit the one at Chennai once in my life time.

Dal Bati recipe

Recipe Cuisine: Indian  |  Recipe Category: Lunch
Prep Time: 1 hr soaking time    |  Cook time: 45 mins    Makes: 10 baatis

For dal

Toor dal - 1/4 cup

Urad dal - 1/4 cup

Channa dal - 1/4 cup

Tomato - 2

Green chilli - 2

Ginger - 1 inch piece

Garam masala - 1/2 tsp

Red chilli powder - 1 tsp

Dhaniya powder - 1 tsp

Turmeric - 1/4 tsp

Coriander leaves, chopped - 3 tblsp

Salt - As needed

To temper

Ghee - 2 tblsp

Jeera - 2 tsp

Asafoetida powder - 1/4 tsp

For Baati

Atta / wheat flour - 1 cup

Semolina/ sooji - 2 tblsp

Ghee - 2 tblsp

Ajwain/ omam - 1/4 tsp

Baking powder - 2 pinches

Salt - As needed


  1. For making dal, soak dals together for minimum 1 hour. Pressure cook with 2 cups of water for 3-4 whistles in medium flame.
  2. 1-cookdal
  3. Grind chopped tomatoes, peeled and chopped ginger and green chillies to make a puree.
  4. 2-grind-tomato
  5. Heat kadai with ghee in medium flame and add jeera, followed by asafoetida. Add turmeric and dhaniya powder in low flame and without burning, give it a stir.
  6. 3-tadka
  7. Add the ground tomato puree and mix well. Add chilli powder, garam masala powder and salt. Fry for 2 minutes or until ghee floats on top.
  8. 4-masala
  9. Add cooked dal mashing well and add water to adjust the consistency. Bring to boil, let it boil for 2 minutes or until the desired consistency is reached. Add coriander leaves and switch off the flame.
  10. 5-add-dal
  11. For baati, in a mixing bowl, mix flour, semolina, salt, ajwain and ghee well. Add water little by little and make a very stiff dough. It should not be smooth and should be having cracks.
  12. 6-dough
  13. Pre heat oven to 190 deg C. Mean while, divide the dough to 10 equal sized balls and flatten it with a dent in the  middle for easy cooking. These patties should be having cracks, it helps in easy cooking. Arrange in a baking tray.Brush generously with ghee and bake for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes turn the baatis and bake for another 10 minutes or until the baatis turn golden in colour.
  14. 7-bake
  15. Give some standing time and break it. Just before serving, heat enough ghee in a kadai. Dip the broken baatis in it and serve in a bowl topped with the prepared dal. (I just again brushed with generous ghee.
  16. 8-serve


      • Soaking dal helps giving a perfect texture to the dal, so do not skip soaking.
      • This whole dish should be done with ghee, no oil.
      • I skipped deepfrying the baatis and just brushed and topped the broken baatis with ghee. But I highly recommend dipping the baatis in hot ghee before serving for a light and crispy texture.
      • If you make thick baatis, then it won’t get baked inside properly.
      • Make sure to make the dough for baati very stiff. Otherwise the inside of the baatis will be chewy. Water will be needed less than 1/2 cup for 1 cup atta.
      • Adjust dal water quantity so that its thick, yet pourable.

Serve hot ghee dipped baatis with the finger-licking good dal- generously - generous enough to drink it, yumm.


40 Stars(comments):

  1. chennai is better when it comes to rajdhani .. they keep feeding us.. i feltl it was very costly. .. loved the plate much :D i liked the color combo base cloth ( and i knew what it is ;))

    1. Dupatta?Becoz i use all my salwar to sari for the base.Nowadays started using gift wrappers so cheap 4 for $1 to get various background.

    2. May be u went late.....they keep on serving.... Try in chennai express avenue mall....ull go crazy dumped with pure ghee lunch or dinner

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  3. I love going to Rajdhani. I really loves Rajdhani being vegetrian and a North Indian we all family members loves to dine in Rajdhani. I have been to Rajdhani in Mumbai & Bangalore.
    Your Baati looks just perfect


  4. U r tempting me to make some dal baati soon, seriously am craving for some here.

  5. I have eaten dal baati so many times.. Miss it now..u should be very generous with ghee for it to taste awesome and authentic

  6. Hilarious experience Raks.

  7. I had tried this few years back but totally forgot about this. Perfectly made. Love the idea of baking

  8. yumm! so tempting click. I have bookmarked it

  9. bangalore rajdhani is best too with loads of food to eat.I love to eat there :)
    i never tasted dal bati .i will try this soon, looks soooo good .

  10. I have also enjoyed this in Rajdhani!!! looks so similar and delicious!!

  11. This sounds new to me....looks very tempting

  12. Dal bati looks so wholesome, This is one of my all time favourite vegeterian meal that I can find.

  13. Perfect Dal bati dear!!!

  14. So do we just eat it as one dish. This does look wholesome. I younger sister always makes it and i remember once wanting to try. Your post is tempting me to try it. Will try and respond again.

  15. I love dal bhaati churma and yours looks so delicious!

    I dont hv oven in my house, wt i can do?????????????????

    1. You can first add the batis to hot water and cook it. Then cut and deep fry it.

  17. Sounds new to me ...will surely try this...looks tempting..

  18. I also had dal baati first time in Rajdhaani in Bangalore...They have a massive spread..
    Yours looks yummy

  19. Firstly I have also enjoyed this Best Recipes in Rajdhani!!!

  20. Anonymous10/4/14 08:01

    Never tried this before. New to me. will try soon :)

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  22. I had this batti in Chokidani near poonamallee. It was so yummy and yours is also perfect

  23. I had this batti in Chokidani near poonamallee. It was so yummy and yours is also perfect

  24. I had this batti in Chokidani near poonamallee. It was so yummy and yours is also perfect

  25. I have never tried dal baati ...Yours look absolutely perfect. Must try

  26. Rak's this( Dal ,bati,churma) is rajasthani cuisine ,where as rajdhani is gujrati restaurant .... ( trust me they r very different )
    If u get a change next time try this dish in same rajasthani restaurant .However it's a great attempt from ur side .

  27. I've been to Rajadhani chennai.... the food was awesome....... its lil expensive but it is worth ......

  28. hye rak's this is just perfect recipe.... u cn also try stuffed batis... stuffing of potato n peas or paneer or roasted chana dal powder mixed wid lots of onion, chillis n a generous amount of lemon... :)

  29. Hey Rak ! Loved this recipe. I tried it twice, once in my mini Indian oven ( I mean the baati) and once in the US in these big ovens. The baatis taste really good but it takes at least an hour to turn the golden brown as shown in the pics. And at (at least 300) deg. The timing you have shown seems way off. 10 mins each side at 190 much too less

    1. I am sure I baked at the temperature mentioned. You can refer the site where I referred too. Could it be that you are making dough bit on softer side with little more water than needed?

  30. I have an aluminum baking tray which I use for baking cakes.can I use the same for baking the batis? Will the same temp abs timing do?

  31. I jus loved this dish..thanks for loading..btw try this phoenix mall chennai rajdhani...they nail it...awesome.taste..
    U must try raji n crack all d recipes from them as i m awestruck with their taste wondering wat magical ingredients they cook


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