Instant Pot: Dal Makhani

 Pulses are full of fiber, protein, calcium, and minerals. Also, pulses have a low glycemic index
meaning that they are foods that break down slowly and can be used to reduce or displace animal protein as well as bad fats such as trans-fat in a meal.
Researchers and findings suggest that merely including pulses in your diet may help to lose weight as well as prevent from gaining it back after you lose it, and that is one of the most significant health benefits of eating pulses.
    Everyone loves Dal Makhani. It is soul food and made with different pulses, tangy tomatoes, butter, and cream. To make it vegan replace butter with oil and the cream with coconut or almond milk. Cooking it for a long time makes it rich tasting and creamier. This dish isn’t a quick-cooking meal(usually it take 1 to 1 ½ hour to cook), but I have prepared it in instant pot (IP), which is such time saver, easier and quicker version, it took an only ½ hour, and it came out scrumptious and mouthwatering. This Dal Makhani is perfect for these cold winter days. So let's start.

Preparation Time : 15 Minutes ; Cooking Time : 30 Minutes.

Each Serving of Masoor Dal Makhani 230 cal.

Ingredients :
  1. Masoor 1 cup
  2. Moong 2 to 3 tbsp
  3. Black beans 2 to 3 tbsp
  4. Chana dal 2 to 3 tbsp
  5. Veg.oil 2 tbsp
  6. Ghee / butter 1 tbsp
  7. Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  8. Onion 1, chopped
  9. Tomato puree 1 ½ cup
  10. Ginger-garlic paste 1 tbsp
  11. Red chilli powder 1 tbsp
  12. Garam Masala 1 tsp
  13. Turmeric powder 1 tsp
  14. Asafoetida 1 pinch
  15. Salt 1 tsp
  16. Coriander powder 1 tsp
  17. Coriander leaves ¼ cup
  18. Cream 2 tbsp

Recipe :

  1. Rinse and soak lentils and beans in water overnight.
  2. Heat veg.oil in the instant pot in sauté mode, once oil get hot add cumin seeds and let it splutter, and add  asafoetida.
  3. Now, add chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for about 3 to 4 minutes or till onions turn slightly brown in color.
  4. Add tomato puree / paste and red chilli powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, coriander powder, salt, to the instant pot, mix all well and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, drain the water from the soaked lentils and beans and add them to the instant pot.
  6. Add 2 to 3 cups of water, cream 1 tbsp, coriander leaves and mix the ingredients.
  7. Cook on - Put the vent in sealing position.
  • Pressure Cooking Method : High Pressure manual for 30 minutes and
  • Pressure Release Method : 10 minutes natural pressure release.
  1. Stir the dal well. If needed, add water to get the desired consistency.
  2. In a pan heat butter and add red chillies, cumin seeds and pour it in the cooked Dal.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and butter. Dal Makhani is ready to be served. Enjoy!

Dietary Comments :

Calorie Count Based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Per serving contains 230 calories, along with carbohydrates - 25.42 g, Dietary Fibers - 9.03 g, fats - 11.1 g, proteins - 11.4 g.   

Health Benefits of Dal Makhani :
  • Researches and findings suggest that simply including pulses in your diet may help to lose weight.
  • Also it helps to prevent from gaining it back after you lose it, and that is one of the biggest health benefit of eating pulses.
  • Green moong : It’s a source of manganese, potassium, folate, magnesium, copper, zinc, and vitamin B. Also high in dietary fiber.
  • Pulses helps to improve digestion, good source of protein, controls cholesterol.
  • Masoor Dal : it's a good source of protein, essential amino acids, potassium, iron, fiber and vitamin B1. It also helps to lower cholesterol and control sugar levels.

Eat healthy !!! Stay Healthy !!!

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