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Instant Pot Panchmel Dal (Mixed Dal)

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Servings: 4
Author: Meena, www.hookedonheat.com


  • 2 tablespoon light cooking oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 2-3 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • ¼ cup red lentils, also known as masoor dal thoroughly washed and drained
  • ¼ cup yellow lentils, also known as toor dal thoroughly washed and drained
  • ¼ cup yellow split peas, also known as chana dal thoroughly washed and drained
  • ¼ cup black lentils, also known as urad dal thoroughly washed and drained
  • ¼ cup green mung beans, also known as moong dal thoroughly washed and drained
  • 3 cups water
  • finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish


  • Turn on the Instant Pot and set to Saute mode. Once it's heated, add in oil and cumin seeds.
  • Once the cumin seeds start to sizzle, add in the garlic and chopped onions. Fry for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, till onions start to brown.
  • Add in spices, salt and tomato paste, and give it a quick mix. Add in chopped tomatoes and let it cook for a couple of minutes till the tomatoes start to soften and break down.
  • Mix in the lentils and water and let it come to a quick boil. Put on the lid and set the Instant Pot to manual Pressure Cook mode for 10 minutes, making sure that the valve in on the sealing position.
  • Let the pressure release naturally before removing the lid. Give it a good stir and garnish with cilantro leaves before serving.


Once the Dal is done cooking, if you'd like the consistency on the Dal thinner, then set the Instant Pot to Saute mode, add in some water and let it come to a boil. If you'd like it thicker, then set the Instant-Pot to Saute mode and let it cook down slightly, stirring occasionally to avoid burning.
I’ve used my 6 Quart Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 for this recipe, but any kind of electric pressure cooker will work.