Cook With Manali's 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.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 11 hours
Total Time: 11 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 356 kcal
Author: Manali
4.67 from 6 votes


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


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

1 teaspoon lemon juice

Cilantro, to garnish


  1. Wash the dal and add it to you slow cooker along with 3 cups water, turmeric powder and salt.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons ghee, ginger garlic paste and give a stir.
  3. Mix everything and slow cook for 8 hours. I used normal setting on my slow cooker mode on my Instant Pot.
  4. After 8 hours the dal will be soft and cooked. Take a masher and mash the dal.
  5. Add 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, amchur, red chili powder and mix.
  6. Add tomato puree and mix.
  7. 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.
  8. Heat 2 teaspoons ghee. Once ghee has melted add chopped garlic and whole red chilies.
  9. Saute on medium heat till the garlic starts turning light golden brown.
  10. Transfer tempering to dal. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon garam masala, little lemon juice and mix.
  11. Garnish with cilantro and serve this slow cooker dal makhani with naan or rice.
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Dal Makhani
Amount Per Serving
Calories 356 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 959mg 40%
Potassium 805mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 38g 13%
Dietary Fiber 16g 64%
Sugars 5g
Protein 14g 28%
Vitamin A 20.4%
Vitamin C 68.8%
Calcium 6.1%
Iron 27.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.