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Creamy and buttery Dal Makhani is one of India’s most loved dal!This Dal has whole black lentils cooked with butter and cream and simmered on low heat for that unique flavor. It tastes best with garlic naan.

I share all my tips and tricks to make restaurant style Dal Makhani at home with easy to follow steps.

Whole Moong
Whole Moong

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Ingredients need for Moong Dal (whole)Makhani:

  • 1 cup Green Gram Lentils (Green Moong Dal) whole, rinsed (1 cup = 250 ml)
  • 1 tbsp Ghee or Oil
  • 2/3 tsp makhan
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds (Jeera)
  • 1 Green Chili Pepper chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 tbsp Ginger minced or paste
  • 1/2 tbsp Garlic minced or paste
  • 1 Onion medium, diced
  • 2 Tomato medium, chopped
  • 3 cup Water
  • 1 tbsp Lime juice
  • Cilantro to garnish


  • 1/4 tsp Ground Turmeric (Haldi powder)
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder (Dhaniya powder)
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne or Red chili powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Salt

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Moongdal Makhani
MoongDal Makhan

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Instant Pot Method:-

  • Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat oil in it. Add cumin seeds, green chili and saute for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions, ginger and garlic. Saute for 1 minute. 
  • Add chopped tomato, spices and stir. 
  • Add lentils and water. Stir well. Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Press MANUAL or Pressure Cook mode for 15 minutes. When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally (NPR).
  • Open the lid and add lime juice and cilantro and stir. finally put 2/3 tsp Makhan/ Malai on the top of DAL and green moong dal is ready to be served.  
Moongdal Makhani
MoongDal Makhan

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