Indian “Baked Beans”

Dal Bukhara

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By Steven Raichlen

Published 1998

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It’s hard to conceive of a North American barbecue without baked beans. Halfway around the world, New Delhi’s famous tandoori palace, Bukhara, attracts a cultlike following for an exquisitely rich, creamy bean dish called dal bukhara. In other words, baked beans. Like traditional Yankee beans, dal bukhara is cooked overnight in a giant pot over charcoal.

The bean of choice for dal bukhara is the urad dal (also called kali dal), a small black bean t