Dal Makhani/Creamy Buttery Lentils – Instant Pot Method

Dal makhani is one of the most popular Indian dishes. Lentils and beans are cooked in a buttery gravy. Dal means lentils and Makhani means buttery. Creaminess in this dish is achieved by slow cooking the lentils and beans in a rich sauce made with butter, onions, tomatoes and cream. I have tried various versions of Dal Makhani recipes and all of them taste delicious.

The onion tomato gravy in most Dal Makhani recipes is almost similar to the onion tomato gravy used in the Rajma Masala recipe in my blog, except that in Dal Makhani preparation, the onion tomato gravy is cooked in butter instead of oil and lentils are slow cooked for a long time to get a creamy consistency. I wanted to post a recipe which has some variation in the onion tomato gravy. I found a recipe shared by a fellow blogger Brijdeep Kaur and bookmarked it a long time ago. She shared the stove top pressure cooker version of the recipe in her blog. She mentioned that she learnt this authentic Punjabi dish(Dal Makhani) from her mom. I compared this recipe with the previous versions of Dal Makhani recipes that I tried before. I noticed that the addition of yogurt is what makes it different from the other recipes. I tried this recipe and loved it. The addition of yogurt in the onion tomato gravy adds a wonderful creamy texture and a new flavor to this traditional Indian dish.

Last week, I made this dish in my Instant Pot and I was able to click the step by step pictures. I am sharing the Instant Pot method of making this creamy and delicious dish. Since Instant Pot has ‘Pressure Cook’ option, ‘Saute’ option and ‘Slow Cook’ option, this is a perfect dish to make in an Instant Pot, as we need to  use all these three modes of cooking, to make this dish. First, we need to pressure cook the lentils and beans in Bean/Chili mode, next we need to cook the onion tomato gravy in ‘Saute’ mode and finally slow cook everything in ‘Slow Cook’  mode. Slow cooking is the most important step for this recipe, to get the creamy texture(without the addition of cream) and restaurant/Dhaba  taste. Lets begin the process of making this dish in the Instant Pot.

I also shared the process of making it in a regular pressure cooker. Please refer to the notes in the bottom of the post.

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Eggless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today, I am sharing the recipe for eggless peanut butter cookies. If you like peanut butter, you will love these cookies. I had a big jar of peanut butter lying in my pantry. I was planning to make cookies for my daughter since a long time. My daughter made peanut butter cookies with a 3 ingredient peanut butter cookie recipe but she didn’t like the taste. I was searching for a different recipe and I found this(Almond Butter M&M cookies) recipe. I thought my daughter would like these cookies if I make them with peanut butter. I attempted to make an eggless version of the same recipe using peanut butter. There are different egg substitutes that are mentioned in the online resources like flaxseed meal, milk, applesauce and cornstarch+water. I found it interesting to use cornstarch+water as an egg substitute because, these two ingredients are always readily available at my home. The cornstarch and water ratio is mentioned as 1:2 in some egg substitution charts and 1:3 in some of them. I used 1 Tbsp. cornstarch mixed with 2 Tbsp. water as an egg substitute. I used peanut butter in place of almond butter. The experiment was successful. Cookies tasted great and the taste was approved by my daughter. I served them to my son’s friend and he loved them too and asked me to share the recipe. I am going to experiment more with this easy egg substitute(cornstarch+water) in other cookie recipes and share the successful results with you all. I am saving this cookies recipe to make them  again and also sharing it here. Try it and enjoy!!!!

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Karachi Halwa In a Mug

Happy Valentines’ Day Everyone!!! DO you need a last minute dessert idea for Valentine’s Day? Do you like Karachi Halwa? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to any of these two questions, then this post is for you. 2 minutes is all you need to make this delicious Karachi Halwa in a mug.

Karachi Halwa is a chewy and tasty Indian dessert everybody would love. It is also known as Bombay Halwa. It is made with cornstarch, sugar, cashew nuts and ghee. It can be flavored with saffron and cardamom. It is usually available in green, yellow and orange colors in the sweet shops in India. You can add any food color of your choice. I added pink food color to make a pink dessert, which is perfect for Valentine’s Day.

I recently shared Churros recipe for Valentine’s Day. You can find Churros recipe here. I also wanted to to share a quick and easy last minute dessert for the Valentine’s Day and sharing this Mug Halwa recipe today. This dessert is perfect for portion control. I wanted to post it today morning but I was occupied with other activities and couldn’t draft this post until now. It’s not too late for a sweet treat for your Valentine.

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Eggless Churros

Valentine’s Day is coming up. I wanted to share an Eggless Churros recipe for Valentine’s Day and present them with a different look. I decided to make flower shaped ones. They are incredibly easy to make.  All it takes is 6 ingredients and about 30 minutes to make these delicious treats.  I adapted this recipe from here. I have read many recipes online. Some people say that the traditional churros recipe does not use eggs. I also read that the eggless version tastes like the churros sold by street vendors and at fairs, in Mexico. I am not sure. I haven’t been to Mexico yet.  I made this simple eggless version of churros and my kids loved them.

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Moong Dal Sambar/ Instant Tiffin Sambar/ Pesara Pappu sambar/ Spicy Lentil & Vegetable Soup – Instant Pot Method

Tiffin Sambar is an yummy accompaniment to the Common South Indian breakfast foods like Idli, Dosa, Vada and P0ngal. It is a spicy South Indian lentil and vegetable soup. The breakfast foods are also known as ‘Tiffins’ in South India. Tiffin sambar is served in the restaurants along with the South Indian breakfast foods/Tiffins. It tastes different from the sambar that is served with rice.

Tiffin sambar can be prepared in many ways. Each region has a different variation of the recipe. I wanted to prepare sambar with toor dal like I usually do, but when I checked my pantry, I realized that I didn’t have toor dal in stock. I tried making sambar with the combination of toor dal and moong dal and it tastes delicious. But, I had never prepared sambar with moong dal alone, so I was not sure how it would actually taste. I adapted the recipe from here,, and prepared One Pot Sambar in the Instant Pot pressure cooker. Sambar turned out delicious, just the way I like it. It was similar to the sambar served in the Indian restaurants with the South Indian breakfast foods. Today, I am sharing the recipe for the instant pot version of Moong Dal Tiffin Sambar. This sambar can be prepared in very less time. This is a perfect recipe for the busy mornings. Just do a quick saute and dump all the ingredients in the instant pot and close the lid. You can take care of other things while instant pot is cooking this yummy sambar. Roast the sambar powder ingredients a day before you want to make sambar. Grind them, just before making the sambar to retain the fresh flavor of the spices.

If you are interested in making Idli/Dosa along with this sambar, you can find the recipe to prepare Idli/Dosa batter here.

Lets begin the process of making this delicious Tiffin Sambar.

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