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Dal Makhni



Dal Makhni is a popular North Indian dish made with whole black lentils, butter, and cream. The amount of fats from butter and cream make this dish very rich and creamy.It is often served with rice, tandoori roti or naan. Traditionally, the lentils along with spices are cooked slowly over a low flame for several hours, allowing the flavors to blend together.

Macronutrients Breakdown

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black lentils (urad dal)

1 cup

red kidney beans (rajma)

1/4 cup


1/4 cup

onion, finely chopped


cloves garlic, minced


inch ginger, minced


green chillies, finely chopped


cumin seeds

1 teaspoon

coriander powder

1 teaspoon

garam masala

1/2 teaspoon

red chilli powder

1/2 teaspoon

turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon


1/4 cup

Salt to taste

chopped fresh coriander leaves

2 tablespoons



Step 1:

Soak the lentils and kidney beans overnight in enough water.

Step 2:

Drain the water and pressure cook the lentils and beans with 2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles.

Step 3:

Heat butter in a pan and add the cumin seeds.

Step 4:

When the cumin seeds start to crackle, add the chopped onion, garlic, ginger and green chillies.

Step 5:

Saute for a few minutes until the onion turns golden brown.

Step 6:

Add the coriander powder, garam masala, red chilli powder and turmeric powder.

Step 7:

Mix well and cook for a few minutes.

Step 8:

Add the cooked lentils and beans and mix well.

Step 9:

Add salt to taste and mix well.

Step 10:

Simmer for 10-15 minutes until the dal is thick and creamy.

Step 11:

Add the cream and mix well.

Step 12:

Garnish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and serve hot.

Did you know?

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How many users have tracked it?

We've got some serious foodies in our community! 56365 users have chowed down on Dal Makhni a whopping 98550 times.

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Where was it consumed the most?

Hungry much? These cities certainly are! Chandigarh, Delhi, Indore, Lucknow, Bengaluru are the top 5 cities gobbling up Dal Makhni like there's no tomorrow.

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When was it eaten the most?

When it comes to Dal Makhni, our users are head over heels in july, but the interest cools down in february.

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Who preferred this food the most?

It's official: Dal Makhni is the food of choice for 24-27 male, with people of >40 BMI also on board.

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