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Everyday Instant Pot 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 bruised
  • 2-3 thin slices of ginger
  • 1 medium-sized onion finely chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 2 cups red lentils, also known as masoor 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, ginger and chopped onions. Fry for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, till onions start to brown.
  • Add in spices and salt, 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 pulp.
  • 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 8 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.