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Dal Makhani (Low Fat)

Posted By Vardhini On July 12, 2012 @ 11:26 pm In Gallery,Gravies,Healthy Recipes,Indian,Side Dishes | 6 Comments

Only in the past few years I have been experimenting with North Indian dishes, thanks to my friend Shai. Dal Makhani is basically a lentil based dish where the lentils are cooked, mashed and simmered with tomato puree and spices. I was surprised at how easy this dish was when I got the recipe from her. You do need some prep time to soak the lentils, but the cooking process is very simple. I  have used fat free half and half and a little butter since the lentils add the needed creaminess to the dish. You can add as much butter as you like and go for full fat half and half or even cream. Dal Makhani with Jeera Rice is my favorite combo. The dish tastes great even with rotis. Off to the recipe.
Dal Makhani | Cooks Joy

Dal Makhani | Cooks Joy

Dal Makhani

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By Vardhini Published: July 12, 2012

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep: 10 hrs 0 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
  • Ready In: 11 hrs 15 mins

Cooked and mashed lentils simmered with Indian spices.



  1. Soak black gram dal for 10 - 12 hours and kidney beans for around 8 hours.
  2. Add salt and chilly powder to the black gram dal and cook the dal and kidney beans separately. After cooking, coarsely mash the black gram dal and keep aside.
  3. Heat butter and add tomato puree, ginger paste, garlic paste and the mashed black gram dal and cooked kidney beans.
  4. Add salt and chilly powder and simmer for around 20 minutes. Finally add the fat free half and half.



Soak black gram dal for 10 – 12 hours.


Soaked kidney beans. (Soak overnight.)


Take the soaked black gram dal in a vessel and add chilly powder.


Add salt.


Place the soaked kidney beans inside it in a separate vessel and pressure cook for 6 – 7 whistles. (Around 20 – 30 minutes.)


Cooked dals.


Coarsely mash the black gram dal and keep aside. Do not mash the kidney beans.


Heat butter and add the tomato puree.


Add ginger and garlic paste.


Add the cooked and mashed dal.


Add chilly powder and salt if needed.


Mix well and allow to simmer for around 20 minutes.


Simmered and ready for half and half.


Add the half and half and mix well.

Dal Makhani ready and is a perfect side dish to rice or rotis.

Dal Makhani | Cooks Joy


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