Dal Makhani

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Dal Makhani Recipe

Images and Recipe by Playful Cooking


PREP TIME – 5 minutes
COOKING TIME – 40 minutes

  • 1/2 cup black mung beans/ whole urad dal
  • 1/4 cup red kidney beans
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 4 green cardamoms
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 small bay leaves
  • 5 cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1-inch fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves
  • 1 medium size red onion (6 oz), finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato purée
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fennel powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a big mixing bowl, soak the black mung beans and red kidney beans overnight.
  2. Turn on the Proctor Silex Pressure Cooker and press the sauté button.
  3. Drizzle 2 tablespoons oil and add the whole spices (cardamon, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, cloves, cumin seeds and fennel seeds). Stir it around for a few seconds.
  4. Next add the finely chopped ginger, garlic and green chili. Stir it around for 1 minute.
  5. Crush the dried fenugreek leaves between your palm and sprinkle it. Cook for a few seconds.
  6. Add the chopped onion, season with salt. Stir and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Drain the soaked beans and add it to the pressure cooker, pour the tomato purée, sugar, salt and all the ground spices (except garam masala powder) mentioned in the ingredient list.
  8. Give a stir and press the cancel button on the Proctor Silex Pressure Cooker and press the pressure cook button. Set the time to 40 minutes.
  9. After 40 minutes, press cancel and let the steam release on its own before you open the lid.
  10. Press the sauté mode again and sprinkle garam masala powder, butter and heavy cream. Stir it around and let it cook for 2 minutes. Check for salt and add more if needed.
  11. Enjoy Dal Makahani with your choice of bread or rice.

Serves: 4 to 6

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