Dal Makhani


Dal Makhani is a very popular Indian curry made of lentils and butter. Dal means “lentils” and Makhani means “butter.” It is a creamy, rich comfort food found all over the world in Indian restaurants.

Black gram dal or whole urad dal Kidney beans or rajma Cumin seeds Dry bay leaves Onion  Garlic and ginger Turmeric powder Red chili powder Crushed tomatoes Kasoori methi


Wash and soak the udad dal/ then drain. Turn on the saute function. When hot, add the ghee, bay leaves, and cumin seeds. Once the cumin seed crackles, add ginger, garlic, dried fenugreek leaves and give it a stir. Add in the chopped onions.

Saute for a few minutes then add the tomatoes, salt, turmeric, red chili powder, and cumin /coriander powder and stir to mix. Add the lentils / dal. Stir well to mix and then add water .

Cancel the Saute function on the Instant Pot, and put on the lid. Press the Pressure cook function on the Instant Pot which sets it to pressure cook for 35 minutes. When done, do a Natural release.

Open the lid. Add kidney beans & stir. Use a ladle to mush some of the dal. Add water if too thick. Turn the saute function until it heats through. Add the cream.

Serve it with hot paratha, naan, Jeera Rice or Roti.