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Dal Makhani topped with cream, coriander, ginger, lime and served in a blue bowl.

Easy Slow Cooker Dal Makhani

Easy, slow cooker Dal Makhani recipe, cooked overnight in a crockpot and tastes just like restaurants and dhabas. This black dal is perfect with rice and tandoori rotis!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: Dal Makhani, slow cooked, slow cooked dal
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 12 hours
Total Time: 12 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6 Portions
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Richa


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 cup Urad dal whole black gram lentils
  • 1/2 cup Rajma kidney beans
  • 1 Bayleaf
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 3-4 Cardamom Pods
  • 3-4 Cloves
  • 1 tablespoon Ginger finely chopped
  • 8 Garlic Cloves finely chopped or minced
  • 2 Green Chillies slit lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon Coriander Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chilli Powder
  • 4 Tomatoes diced (large)
  • 1 teaspoon Garam Masala Powder
  • 2 tablespoons Butter + extra
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Kasuri methi optional


  • Soak both the lentils (urad dal/whole black gram and rajma/kidney beans) in water overnight or at least for 6 hours. This needs to be done only if you are using dry lentils.
  • Add all the ingredients to the slow cooker (except cream and kasuri methi) along with four cups water. Stir well. Cook on high for 8 hours or low for at least 12 hours till the lentils are cooked through and can be easily smashed between your fingers.
  • Mix well and lightly mash everything with the back of a ladle or spoon. Add the cream and kasuri methi if using and cook on low for another 20 minutes. Top with more butter and serve hot. If serving later, you can keep this on warm for up to 3 hours. Just thin with a little water or milk before serving if it's too thick.


Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 878IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg