Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 45 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a yummy dal, I love it. It is simple and easy to cook and simply cool! You will find this to be low cal too. Also, if you drizzle some fresh lemon juice over it right before serving, it becomes so tangy and all the more savoury. This is dry in texture unlike lentils which usually have gravy, but this is very very tasty.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Mix and wash dals well.
  2. Soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Pressure cook till soft but not overcooked (approx. 3 whistles).
  4. Mash the dals while hot.
  5. Heat oil in a pot.
  6. Add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  7. Once they stop spluttering, add onion, ginger and green chillies.
  8. Stir fry till soft.
  9. Fold in red chilli powder and turmeric powder.
  10. Mix well and then add the tomatoes.
  11. Once tomatoes get cooked, add salt followed by the dals.
  12. Mix well and allow to boil.
  13. Simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  14. Garnish with the chopped corriander and lemon juice.
  15. Serve hot with roti or rice and your favourite raita on the side(cucumber and tomato raita is a nice one to enjoy this with).


Most Helpful

Dal makhani is made of black beans.and not masoor or toor dals etc.

pratimaduggal February 24, 2009

This is am excellent recipe! I altered it a little and it turned out great. First although I love my new Swiss pressure cooker, I soaked the dal for 3 hours and cooked over a normal medium flame. I added salt, dried red chilis, black cardamons , and bay leaves before cooking and removed the last 3 after cooking 30 minutes. I also used ghee instead of oil, doubled the ginger, added a large tsp of garam masala to the onion mix. It is one of the best dals I have made. Thanks for sharing!

vitaman November 30, 2008

This was pretty tasty, we really liked it. Ended up needing quite a bit of salt, but we enjoyed it. I will say, I didn't understand what pressure cook until 3 whistles means...we followed the instructions that came with our pressure cooker for cooking lentils...they came out a little overdone, although that did save the mashing step, I don't think I did it right. nonetheless tasty. Thanks!

flamingopink January 04, 2008

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