Dal Makhani

#1 Indian Food favorite – Dal Makhani. Enjoy this recipe, which is Whole Food Plant Based No Oil.

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Dal Makhani


1 cup black lentil (whole black urad)
1/4 cup red kidney beans (rajma)
1 black cardamom
1 bay leaf
1/2 inch cinnamon stick
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4 asefotida (hing)
1 small onion;finely chopped
1 small Roma tomato;finely chopped
1 tbsp ginger;grated
1 tbsp sea salt(adjust to taste)
1 tbsp of Garam Masala
1/4 tsp of red chili powder(adjust to taste)
3 tbsp cashew cream


*Rinse lentils and rajma. Soak them together overnight with cardamom, bay leaf and cinnamon stick with 2 cups of water.

1. Pressure cook soaked lentils, rajma, black cardamom and cinnamon stick together with 1 cup of water. It takes 5-6 whistles of pressure cooker.
2. Take a medium size saucepan and place on medium heat.
3. Add cumin seeds and asefotida. Stir them until cumin seeds turn light brown.
4. Add onions to the saucepan. Sauté them until they turn light brown (add 2-3 tbsp of water if onions are sticking).
5. Add tomatoes and ginger to onions. Sauté them for 1 min.
6. Add salt to tomatoes and onions. Sauté them until tomatoes look mushy.
7. Add Garam Masala and red chili powder.
8. Sauté tomato, onions, Garam Masala and red chili powder for 5-7 mins. It will look like a paste.
8.Transfer the cooked lentils and rajma to the saucepan.
9. Add 1 cup water and mix it well.
10. Lower the heat to simmer.
12. Cook dal for about 45-50 mins. Keep stirring dal every 5-7mins. If dal/lentils look thick, add 1/2 cup water and mix well.
13. Add cashew cream to dal for buttery/rich look and flavor. Cook for another 3 mins. Cover the lid of saucepan and turn off the heat.
14. Serve your favorite dal hot with whole wheat naan, roti, quinoa or brown rice.

*I am putting tadka (extra flavor) to my dal without oil and ghee. Tadka is optional. (Youtube – https://youtu.be/ZAjS7FHHF6Q)

Dal Makhani - on Simmer
Dal Makhani – on Simmer
Dal Makhani - Base Paste
Dal Makhani – Base Paste
Dal Makhani - Onions
Dal Makhani – Onions
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    1. Sorry for the confusion. The pressure cooker has a pressure release valve on the lid. During cooking, it releases the pressure, in form of whistling the steam out. Basically, you want the lentils cooked but not mushy. Pressure cooker reduces cooking time. I hope this helps.

  1. Hi, after soaking the lentils overnight, should I keep the water? Normally I would toss it and add new water for cooking, but I don’t usually soak spices with the beans overnight so now I’m not sure. thanks!

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