The classic Dal Makhani with loads of cream and butter devoured with Buttery Naan with a dollop of butter is just a step closer to paradise. Don't you all agree? But then I don't think it is practical to eat such a calorie-laden curry on a regular basis. So for such occasions when you want to freely indulge in this creamy protein rich classic, here is a low calorie, low fat version from Tarla Dalal's 'Fast Foods Made Healthy'. 

For Day 4 of this marathon, here is the low calorie version which can be consumed without any guilt! 

Dal Makhani

Ingredients - 

Whole Urad Dal (Minumulu/whole black lentils) 1/2 cup
Rajma / Kidney Beans 1 Tbsp
Milk (Low fat) 1 cup
Onion , finely chopped 1/2 cup
Tomato pureed 3/4 cup
Turmeric 1/4 tsp
Red Chilli Powder 1 tsp (or as needed)
Coriander Powder / Dhania Powder 1 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste 1 Tbsp
Salt to taste
Seasoning (Oil 1 Tbsp, cumin seeds 1/2 tsp)

Method Of Preparation - 

Pick for stones, wash and soak the whole urad dal and kidney beans over night. Drain and set aside.

Mix salt to the dals with 2 cups of water and pressure cook until they are overcooked. Use a masher to get a coarse texture.

Mix 1 cup of milk and 1 cup of water and boil separately stirring continuously. Keep aside.

In a heated saucepan, add oil and cumin seeds. After the cumin seeds crackle, add onions and saute until they are golden brown.

Dal Makhani

Add in the ginger-garlic paste and saute until they change color.

Mix in chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder and the pureed tomato as well. 

Add water as much as required and saute for 5-7 min.

Add the dal mixture and milk and simmer for 10-12 min or until the dal is thick and creamy.

Serve hot with Rice or Roti, garnished with chopped coriander leaves.

Sending this to 'Proteinicious' by Sobha, 'My Legume Love Affair' by SusanLets Cook: Subzis for Rotis of Tickling Palates and Fast food not Fat food started by Priya of Now Serving.
Also peep into my friends who are cooking up a storm in this edition of BM #7.

Preparation Time 45 min  
Serves 5


  1. Unknown Says:
  2. That is a healthy version and looks superb !!!

  3. Healthy dal, looks delicious.
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  4. Very healthy and tasty looking dal makhni.

    Hamaree Rasoi

  5. Prema Says:
  6. Delicious version of makani,love the low fat version...Sure will try.

  7. Looks so yummy..

  8. Aarthi Says:
  9. yummy looking dal makani

  10. This is how I too make it. Cream is only for special occasions!!

  11. Indian Khana Says:
  12. Liked your version ...looks gud

  13. Vardhini Says:
  14. I like low fat version too. Looks yummy and healthy of course :)

    Event: Fast food not Fat food

  15. Kalyani Says:
  16. ooh ! Dal Makhani and low fat too :-) must try.. yummy looking dish Harini !

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  17. Love this..looks delicious n creamy...:)

  18. Your version sounds great, this looks wonderful!

  19. Very nutritious dhal makhani..

  20. Unknown Says:
  21. wow ...healthy and looks perfect and yummm

  22. Srivalli Says:
  23. Very healthy the recipe

  24. Sobha Shyam Says:
  25. healthy dal makhani, low fat version sounds extremely great, thanx for linking it to my event...

  26. Suma Gandlur Says:
  27. Love low cal versions. This is what I do with all those curries calling for cream. :)

  28. Suma Gandlur Says:
  29. Love low cal versions. This is what I do with all those curries calling for cream. :)

  30. Susan Says:
  31. Looks rich and delicious. You would never know that you used lower-fat dairy. I'll bet you can't even taste the difference.

    Thanks, Harini, for your MLLA recipe!

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