Dal Makhani

A dal makhani without butter or cream? This innovative recipe is a must-add to your list of healthy substitutes. Additional Prep required. - Sweetened with honey - Thickened with nuts - Slim milk instead of cream
Time1 Hr

Nutrition Info. (per serving)

ProteinFatCarbsFibre248 Cal248 Cal248 Cal248 Cal
  • 13gProtein
  • 7gFat
  • 33gCarbs
  • 11gFibre


Dry Grocery

  • Black Whole Urad Dal 0.25 cups
  • Green Cardamom 2 units
  • Cinnamon Sticks 0.5 unit
  • Cloves 2 units
  • Salt 1 teaspoon
  • Red Dry Chilli Bydagi 1 piece
  • Refined Oil 1 teaspoon
  • Garam Masala 1 pinch
  • Red Chilli Powder 0.5 teaspoons

Menu Item

  • Ginger Garlic Paste 0.5 teaspoons
  • Tomato Puree 3 tablespoons

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Tomato 0.25 unit


  • Water 1 glass
  • Garlic 3 pieces
  • Jeera Powder 1 pinch
  • Cow Milk 0.25 cups


1In a pan, add soaked Whole Black Urad Dal, Green Cardamom, Cinnamon Stick, Cloves, Salt , Ginger Garlic Paste & Water.
2Pressure cook for 3- 4 whistles.
3In a pan, add Bydagi Chilli & water. Bring to boil and simmer, till the Chillies become soft. Keep aside and let it cool.
4In a mixer, strain & add the Chillies. Add Water as required.
5Grind the Chillies to a fine smooth paste.
6In a pan, add Oil, Garlic and fry. Add Chilli Paste and cook till it becomes thick & Oil is released.
7In a pan, add roughly cut Tomato & Water. Bring to boil.
8Add Garlic & Red Chilli Powder. Boil for 1 hour.
9In a mixer, blend the mixture well to make a fine paste.
10Cook the Tomato Puree for 30 mins and keep aside.
11In a pan, add Oil & chopped Garlic. Saute for 1 mins.
12Add Chilli Paste and cook for 1- 2 mins.
13Add Tomato Puree and cook for 1- 2 mins.
14Add Cumin Powder, Garam Masala Powder, Red Chilli Powder & cook.
15Add cooked Dal and Water. Cook on slow flame.
16Add Milk & Salt. Boil for 1- 2 mins.
17Serve hot.


We hope you had fun making it! Enjoy the meal.


Health Benefits of Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is a healthy choice for anyone who is trying to lose weight or eat healthier. Since it is a good source of vegetarian protein, it helps in the maintenance of healthy bones and lean muscle mass. Those who are worried about calories can use low-fat cream while cooking and this makes the recipe suitable for diabetics as well. Folic acid in Urad Dal helps in creating new cells in the body while the pureed tomatoes act as powerful antioxidants. Tomatoes are loaded with Vitamin and low-fat milk is low in carbs. One cup of milk supplies up to 10 grams of carbs. Some variations of this recipe include kidney beans while cooking and that supplies the body with extra magnesium which is vital for cognitive health and development. For the garnish, when you add coriander leaves – you get your daily dose of quercetin. It’s a nutrient responsible for strengthening the immune system and adding chopped coriander leaves (raw, not cooked) preserves the Vitamin C in the herb, thus giving you more benefits. Sit down with your family and have a bowl of the famous Dal Makhani today for a good time.