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Vegan Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani is a traditional Indian curry dish with lentils. Try this easy and delicious veganized version! It’s so rich and creamy!

Vegan Dal Makhani

As you can probably guess from the large number of curry recipes on my blog: I love Indian food! Especially in the colder months, I can’t get enough of it.

Luckily, we go to our favorite Indian restaurant with friends every Sunday! Almost all of us (looking at you Julia) eat Dal Makhani, a creamy dish with lentils. Only the level of spiciness differs from person to person (I’m working my way up there, though). Anyway, they always make a vegan version for us (<3) but during the lockdown, I had to make my own Dal Makhani at home to keep the tradition of Dal-Makhani-Sunday alive.

I want to note that this is not a traditional Dal Makhani! It’s just my turn on it, but it’s really, really good! In a traditional Dal Makhani, you’ll find black lentils (urad beans) and kidney beans but I used some canned brown lentils because they are more easily available and it is way faster to cook that way.

As for the spices, I used garam masala and salt. If you want to make it more authentic, there are Dal Makhani Masala spice blends out there. They often include coriander, ginger, dried mango powder, red chili, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, asafoetida,… Or you can just experiment with different spices!

Vegan Dal Makhani

I had the lentil curry with basmati rice and homemade Naan and sprinkled everything with fresh cilantro. It’s such a great combo!

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Vegan Dal Makhani

Vegan Dal Makhani

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
Dal Makhani is a traditional Indian curry dish with lentils. Try this easy and delicious veganized version! It's so rich and creamy!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Vegan
Servings 4 people
Calories 151 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • 15 oz canned brown lentils
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt + more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala + more to taste
  • 5 cherry tomatoes quartered

Instructions
 

  • Heat a large pot over medium to high heat, add the oil, diced onion, minced garlic, and whole cumin seeds. Let it cook until soft.
  • Then add the canned brown lentils including the brine/water from the can. Add a cup of water, salt, and garam masala. Put the lid on the pot and let it cook for at least 20 minutes.
  • Use an immulsion blender and blend some of the curry to make it creamier.
  • Then add the quartered cherry tomatoes and let it cook for another 5 minutes or so. At this point, you can also add more salt or garam masala to taste.
  • The lentil curry is best served with basmati rice and homemade naan. Enjoy!

Nutrition

Calories: 151kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 10gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 299mgPotassium: 479mgFiber: 9gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 104IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 4mg
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Carolyn Rowe

Tuesday 12th of January 2021

Thank you, Bianca! I am so happy to have the recipe again. :)

Carolyn Rowe

Monday 21st of December 2020

Hi Bianca, This is my favorite curry recipe but the last time I made it I think it had garbanzo beans and mango powder in it. I’ll make this new version tonight but would it be possible to get your original Dal Makhani recipe? It was amazing and made me feel like I was making a restaurant quality dish. Thank you! Carolyn

Bianca

Monday 21st of December 2020

Hi Carolyn, oh sorry, I didn't think anyone would miss the old recipe! You can find the old version here. Cheers!

Janet

Saturday 14th of November 2020

I increased the size of the recipe, and started with dry lentils. The cumin seeds got toasted first, too. For me, the recipe needed a little more flavor depth, so used veggie broth, and added paprika, red pepper flakes, a little tomato paste, and a bit of coconut milk. It’s delish!

Jo

Monday 18th of January 2016

What could come close as a sub for mango powder?

Bianca

Monday 18th of January 2016

Hey Jo! The mango powder adds a sour, tangy and fruity flavor to the dal. You could substitute it with a squeeze of lime or lemon juice. :)

chunkyonchia

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

Dried mango powder...that's a new one! I'm hoping I can get away with not using. This looks delicious!

Bianca

Tuesday 8th of September 2015

Thanks! I'm sure you won't miss it in this flavorful dish but it gives it a nice sweet touch. The dried mango powder is so good on popcorn too :D