Makhani Daal (Buttery Lentils)


This is a typical daal that Punjabis make for their parties! My kids love it! I enjoy it as a soup or with with fresh rotis! You can also serve it with rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 50 mins
4 servings


  • 1 cup black lentils (kaali daal)

  • ¼ cup split chickpeas (channa daal)

  • ¼ cup red kidney beans (rajma)

  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 1 (2 inch) piece ginger, minced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped

  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon red chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric

  • salt to taste

  • 2 teaspoons butter

  • 2 teaspoons yogurt

  • 3 sprigs cilantro leaves


  1. Place black lentils, chickpeas, and red kidney beans in a large container and cover with several inches of cool water; let soak, 6 hours to overnight.

  2. Pour lentil mixture and soaking liquid into a pressure cooker. Bring to high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions and cook until soft, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and release pressure through natural release method according to manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, garlic, and cumin seeds; cook and stir until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook and stir until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in ground coriander, garam masala, red chile powder, turmeric, and salt.

  4. Fold onion mixture into cooked lentil mixture. Add butter, yogurt, and cilantro leaves; stir to incorporate.

Cook's Note:

Substitute heavy cream for the yogurt if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

332 Calories
6g Fat
52g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 332
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 71mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 21g 75%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 16mg 81%
Calcium 89mg 7%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 996mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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