Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

India's famous Dal Makhani made the in the slow cooker. Lightly tempered, creamy and tastes great with rice or naan.
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Slow Cooker Dal Makhani – black lentils cooked overnight in the slow cooker and then tempered with spices. Dal Makhani is one of India’s most popular dal and is best enjoyed with rice or naan.

Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

Happy Monday! I am sure you all had a relaxing long weekend with family and friends. I think everyone goes into food coma on the day of Thanksgiving but then it amazes me that after eating so much people still have the strength to stand in mile long lines for black Friday! Like there was a mile long queue at the local Target. Can you guys believe it? I am one of those who can never stand in these lines. In fact I stay far away from this Black Friday madness. I prefer shopping online and after watching pictures and videos which went viral on social media from a Nike Outlet Store near Seattle, I am just very glad about my decision. Where is the fun of shopping when you have to literally struggle to walk your way through the aisle? Do you guys go all out shopping on black Friday or do you prefer to stay at home? I didn’t really have a long shopping list anyway but I still ended up buying some kitchen stuff, what else can you expect from a food blogger?

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Anyway other than the shopping madness, it was good to just eat and relax for a bit. And obviously we all needed the extra break to let this sink in – Thanksgiving is over! Seriously how? I am still in denial. On the brighter side though, everything looks so pretty outside these days. The lights, the cold, it’s just gorgeous. And when it’s that cold outside you  obviously crave for all warm and comforting food and even better when it’s made in a slow cooker like this Slow Cooker Dal Makhani.

I already have a dal makhani recipe on my blog but it’s the regular version. This one is made in the slow cooker and tastes even better! Dal Makhani is one of  India’s most popular dal preparation. Especially in north India, it’s there on the menu in every wedding and party. Like the previous recipe, this one is also by my hubby. Whenever we make dal makhani, I leave it to him to do all the cooking. I mean he makes the best dal makhani, so why should I interfere with perfection, right?

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To make this slow cooker dal makhani I used my Instant Pot again and just like my slow cooker chana masala recipe, this one too has few extra steps outside the slow cooker. You basically slow cook the black lentils [urad sabut] overnight and then in the morning add spices, tomato puree, butter and slow cook again for few hours and then do the final tempering. I have to say that slow cooking really works well with Indian recipes. With recipes like chole, dal the flavors have to really come together and slow cooking makes sure that happens. I hope you guys give this slow cooker dal makhani a try, it was definitely one of the best I have ever had.

 

Method

Wash the dal and add it to you slow cooker along with 3 cups water, turmeric powder and salt.

Add 2 teaspoons ghee and mix.

Add ginger garlic paste and give a stir.

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Mix everything and slow cook for 8 hours. I used normal setting on my slow cooker mode on my Instant Pot.

After 8 hours the dal will be soft and cooked.

Take a masher and mash the dal.

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Add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, amchur, red chili powder and mix.

Add tomato puree and mix.

Finally add in the butter and mix and slow cook for 2-3 hours again. After the dal has slow cooked for 2-3 hours, add 1/4 cup heavy cream to it.

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Heat 2 teaspoons ghee.

Once ghee has melted add chopped garlic and whole red chilies.

Saute on medium heat till the garlic starts turning light golden brown.

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Transfer tempering to dal. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon garam masala, little lemon juice and mix. Garnish with cilantro and serve this slow cooker dal makhani with naan or rice.

Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

* Adjust the quantity of red chili powder, butter and cream to taste. You may add more butter and cream for a creamier (& tastier & more calorie laden!) dal makhani.

* Use store bought tomato puree here, my husband kind of insisted on it so I thought I must mention it here.

Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

Slow Cooker Dal Makhani
Manali
India's famous Dal Makhani made the in the slow cooker. Lightly tempered, creamy and tastes great with rice or naan.
4.45 from 20 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 11 hrs
Total Time 11 hrs 15 mins
Course Main Course, Vegetarian
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 356 kcal

Ingredients

Slow Cook Overnight

  • 1 cup urad dal sabut also known as black lentils
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon ginger garlic paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ghee

To add after slow cooking

  • 3/4 cup tomato puree
  • 3/4 teaspoon garam masala divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried mango powder also known as amchur
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream

Tempering

  • 2 teaspoons ghee
  • 4-5 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 3 whole dried red chilies

1 teaspoon lemon juice

    Cilantro, to garnish

      Instructions
       

      • Wash the dal and add it to you slow cooker along with 3 cups water, turmeric powder and salt.
      • Add 2 teaspoons ghee, ginger garlic paste and give a stir.
      • Mix everything and slow cook for 8 hours. I used normal setting on my slow cooker mode on my Instant Pot.
      • After 8 hours the dal will be soft and cooked. Take a masher and mash the dal.
      • Add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, amchur, red chili powder and mix.
      • Add tomato puree and mix.
      • Finally add in the butter and mix and slow cook for 2-3 hours again. After the dal has slow cooked for 2-3 hours, add 1/4 cup heavy cream to it.
      • Heat 2 teaspoons ghee. Once ghee has melted add chopped garlic and whole red chilies.
      • Saute on medium heat till the garlic starts turning light golden brown.
      • Transfer tempering to dal. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon garam masala, little lemon juice and mix.
      • Garnish with cilantro and serve this slow cooker dal makhani with naan or rice.

      Nutrition

      Calories: 356kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 14gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 959mgPotassium: 805mgFiber: 16gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 1020IUVitamin C: 56.8mgCalcium: 61mgIron: 5mg
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      Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

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      66 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

      1. Hi
        My question is it doesn’t take much time for lentils to be cooked? Why should we spend 11 hrs to cook it? I mean does it make any difference? or it is only the traditional way to cook it?

      2. Hey, quick question, I’m planning to make this tonight/tomorrow – should I soak the urid overnight first or will the dried beans be ok in the slow cooker?

        Thanks! I love your recipes!

      3. Hi Manali
        Made this slow cooker version of Dal Makhani and it was delicious. I had to skip the fried garlic at the end as we don’t like the garlicky taste that much. My very picky husband appreciated it the most. Thanks for the recipe. Can we make it a little spicier? It was a bit mild for my palate.

      4. 5 stars
        I have tried this recipe at least 6-7 times now and it never fails!! It’s soooo simple to make, and yet the flavors are so complex. Just use the butter- doesn’t even need the cream at the end to be honest. The slow cooking brings out this creaminess in the lentils, so you can skip the additional calories if you want 🙂

        I always smoke the dal at the end using heated coals and ghee in a bowl which gives it a great authentic smoky flavor.
        The only issue I ever had was when I doubled the recipe and doubled the tempering ingredients, made it too garlicky (I used very large garlic cloves, that’s probably why)- so cut down on that if doubling the Recipe.
        Thanks Manali for these amazing recipes, I love your website!

      5. Hi, I tried the recipe but my didn’t even budge when I put it on slow cook in instant pot. I used the same specs as yours. Can you help?

      6. I am so excited to try this recipe, Manali! All the comments have sold me on giving this dal a try!

        Was wondering if I could add red beans? How would I do so? I’m not great at working with dried beans or lentils yet.

        Cheers!

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