InstantPot Dal Makhani / Indian Creamy Lentils

Daal Makhani is Indian comfort food loved by all. It’s a flavorful mixture of lentils and herbs simmered together. A perfect recipe for InstantPot, since most of the cooking is handsfree. This Glutenfree , Vegan Dal Makhani is loaded with plant protein and super creamy, rustic and delicious.

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Every region has it’s peculiar specialty dishes. New Orleans has Red beans and Rice, Northern part of India has Daal Makhani. Dal Makhani is made with combination of whole black urad dal ( Black Gram Matpe Beans)  and red kidney beans. A tangy tomato based sauce and earthy spices make this recipe very delectable. Simple home-made food at it’s best !

It always amazes me to see how same ingredients take on whole different taste once you change the spices !! In literally translation, Daal Makhani means lentils /beans with cream sauce. But in this recipe , I am not using any cream.  When cooked well, the Daal will give more than enough rich creamy texture. Why over douse it with unnecessary extra cream , not to mention high calories?

Dal Makhani Recipe

As long as you add good spices and let it absorb them well while cooking, it will be delectable. In my house, I am always trying to keep Indian food interesting for my kids and Indo American hubby . Their palates prefer milder yet flavorful food. My Indian food loving friends are often looking for authentic, easy-to-make Indian recipes. Less complicated, low calorie but filling and healthy are the buzzwords that I like to hear when meal planning.

Though we are not 100% gluten free and vegan, if a tasty dishes can be prepared without extra ingredients, we are always open to tweak them. Healthy food has to be comforting and sustainable. Simple , traditional recipes offer you that option. You will love this easy to make Daal Makhani and it’s rich delicious taste.

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Using Instant Pot, you will have the Dal Makhani done in breeze.  Trust me, restaurant style entrée without much of hard work and with better quality ingredients. What’s not to love about it?


Dal Makhani Recipe-InstantPot

Ingredients:

The Lentil / Daal Mix :
1 cup whole black urad dal ( Black Gram Matpe Beans) Soaked in water overnight.
1/2 cup red kidney beans , soaked in water overnight

* in case you forget to soak the beans and lentils, don’t worry. InstantPot will still cook it tender and mushy . Just add more time and water while cooking.


To make Makhani sauce :

1 tablespoon cooking oil ( traditionally butter or ghee is used. If you are not vegan you can use it)
1 cup tomato puree 
1 cup water
1 tsp Cumin Seeds

1 tsp cinnamon powder
½ tsp cardamom seeds crushed
1 tsp each- grated ginger and garlic
½ teaspoon heaped chili powder
1 tablespoon raw sugar
1 teaspoon salt, adjust per taste
1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves ( called Kasuri Methi ) This dry herb brings out the unique flavor to many Indian curries.
 

 
Directions :
Soak the black urad dal and red kidney beans in cold water overnight. Drain, rinse and set aside. Soaked beans and lentils more than double in size. They absorb the flavors better and cooking time is reduced. ( As mentioned earlier, if you are cooking un-soaked beans, please increase the water in cooking by another cup )

 

 
Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot, once heated, add the oil and allow it to heat up for a minute. Add the cumin seeds and once they start to brown, add all the ingredients listed under Makhani sauce. Stir well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring.
 
Cancel Sauté. Your quick Makhani sauce is ready. Add the lentils and beans to the pot in the Makhani sauce , add 1 cup of water and mix well. Close the lid, place the valve on sealing and press the BEAN setting.
 

 
Takes about 23 minutes at high pressure once InstantPot comes to pressure. Once it’s done cooking and beeps, let it NPR ( natural pressure release).  Mash the lentils and beans with a spoon to get the thicker, creamier consistency.



 
Stir well . Crush some dried fenugreek leaves in your pinch and mix well.  Garnish with chopped cilantro and extra dried fenugreek leaves if desired.
 
Serve with rice of your choice, any choice roti , quinoa or couscous. Typically it is served along the side of cut raw onions and lemon wedges to get the perfect rustic feel.  You can just eat bowlful like a chili with variety of toppings also.
 

Dal Makhani Recipe-InstantPot

 
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Dal Makhani Recipe-InstantPot
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InstantPot Daal Makhani

Daal Makhani is Indian comfort food loved by all. It’s a flavorful mixture of lentils and herbs simmered together. A perfect InstantPot recipe of just a dump and go. This Glutenfree , Vegan Daal Makhani is loaded with plant protein and super creamy and delicious.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword DAAL MAKHANI, GlutenFree, Indian, Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Prajakta @ ProfusionCurry

Ingredients

The Lentil / Daal Mix :

  • 1 cup whole black urad dal Black Gram Matpe Beans Soaked in water overnight.
  • 1/2 cup red kidney beans soaked in water overnight

To make Makhani sauce :

  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil traditionally butter or ghee is used. If you are not vegan you can use it
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp cardamom seeds crushed
  • 1 tsp each grated ginger and garlic
  • ½ teaspoon heaped chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt adjust per taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried fenugreek leaves called Kasuri Methi This dry herb brings out the unique flavor to many Indian entrees.

Instructions

  1. Soak the black urad daal and red kidney beans in cold water overnight. Drain, rinse and set aside. Soaked beans and lentils more than double in size. They easier absorb the flavors and cooking time is reduced.
  2. Press the sauté button on the Instant Pot, once heated, add the oil or butter and allow it to heat up for a minute. Add the cumin seeds and once they start to brown, add all the ingredients listed under Makhani sauce. Stir well and let it cook for 2-3 minutes while stirring. Cancel Sauté. Your quick Makhani sauce is ready.
  3. Add the lentils and beans to the pot with Makhani sauce , add 1 cup of water and mix well. Close the lid, place the valve on sealing and press the Bean setting. Takes about 23 minutes at high pressure once InstantPot comes to pressure. Once it’s done cooking and beeps, let it NPR ( natural pressure release) Mash the beans slightly with a spoon to get the thicker consistency.

  4. Stir well. Crush some dried fenugreek leaves in your pinch and mix well. garnish with cilantro and dried fenugreek leaves if desired. Serve with rice of your choice, any choice roti , quinoa or couscous. You can just eat bowlful like a chili with variety of toppings also.

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Dal Makhani Recipe

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15 thoughts on “InstantPot Dal Makhani / Indian Creamy Lentils”

  1. 5 stars
    This Indian dish looks delectable and super tasty. As you suggest, Daal would be a great thing to serve with this and I look forward to trying it.

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  2. 5 stars
    This was absolutely delicious! Hearty and filling. My meat-loving boyfriend and Mum both devoured it as quickly as I did. It’s gojng to be a regular in this house now. I had only put it on in the instant pot as a trial because I don’t always have luck with new recipes, and my actual dinner plan was a disaster so this totally saved the day.

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  3. 5 stars


    This sounds very good – I love the generous spices in this combination! It reminds me a bit of a ‘dal’ we used to get at a restaurant in Houston (Haveli). However, their version used split black dal, kidney beans and the ‘orange’ dal — with both dals being about equal, and the kidney beans about half of those two (in the finished dish). It also tasted quite a bit like Texas style chili – with a lot of cumin flavor, and I don’t recall the cinnamon and cardamom flavors being very distinct. In addition, I suspect it had much less tomato – maybe a single small can of tomato sauce, but I have no idea. Based on this, can you suggest a recipe adaption that might come close to the dal we used to love!?! Thanks! Meanwhile, I’ll try this recipe — it sounds really delicious!

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    • Linda, orange dal ( Indian term Masoor dal) will help make it even more smooth. This recipe is vegan. Most resturants use butter and heavy cream or cashew paste to thicken so if you use either that, you can reduce tomato sauce. Also if you use Garam Masala, you can skip cardamom and cinnamon. 1 teaspoon or more garam masala will bring out very prominent flavors. Hope this helps. Do let us know how it turns out when you make it.

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  4. Hi. I bought canned kidney beans instead of dry. Can I use those? And if so, how would you suggest I adjust the water and cook time? Should I just use the ‘pressure cook’ button instead of the ‘bean’ button, since I don’t have to cook the beans from scratch? I am using dried black lentils, but only have a short time to soak them. Thank you!!

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  5. This recipes looks great and I would like to try it but I didn’t have time to soak the dal or Rajma. Above, I saw it said to add one extra cup of water if that’s the case and cook longer. How much longer should I cook it for. Also, it’s my first time I’ll be using my insta pot. So just a little nervous.

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