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Easy Yellow Instant Pot Dal Recipe

This simple yellow Instant Pot Dal recipe is packed full of taste and is so great for you also! It’s the ideal dal recipe that’s ready in under 30 minutes! )

Happy New Year! ) My hunch is that a good deal of you obtained (or possibly gifted yourselves? ) ) An Instant Pot for your holidays. My mother-in-law got hers this season and even though I have been cooking together with my Instant Pot for quite a couple of years nowI really don’t think that it’s fame is going away anytime soon. 

Popping in now to talk with you this fast and simple instant pot dal recipe. If you have not had dal earlier, then you will adore this comforting dish. It’s one of my go-to recipes once I want something that’s reassuring, healthy and hearty. 

You know I love Indian motivated recipes and this one really is a staple in my home. Even my 2 year-old son adores it, chiles and all! I ate lots of hot food once I was pregnant , and it is amusing to see today just how much he is not bothered by hot food. 

raw ingredients for the dal on a wooden boardEasy Yellow Instant Pot Dal Recipe

This recipe has been adapted from a family recipe of BL’s companion. In reality, nearly all of my Indian recipes are adaptations I have made from his family’s recipes. They are really excellent! 

My purpose would be to create them as simple as possible for you to create, because I understand not everyone has access to an global grocery shop or Indian marketplace close by. I’m calling for pigeon peas for this particular recipe, however, split yellow peas may work in a pinch– you ought to have the ability to locate those at most grocery shops!

If you can not locate Garam Masala seasoning, and then it is possible to create your own mixture here.

tomatoes and spices in the instant potHow to create Instant Pot Dal?

Anything made within an Instant Pot is already simple in my novel. This recipe for chana dal is no exception and can be a easy, no-fuss dinner recipe which you could get on the table under 30 minutes. The miracle of having a wholesome, delicious supper on the table in half an hour can be a direct effect of employing an Instant Pot

Making this recipe is extremely easy. You begin preparing the split pigeon peas by soaking them in cold water for a couple of minutes. While they’re soaking, it is possible to chop up the onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, and Serrano peppers. Having each of the ingredients chopped before placing in your Instant Pot makes this recipe a cinch. 

After sautéing the onions, ginger, garlic, peppers, and chili, you add the chopped fruits and berries. This is the place where each of the taste comes from! 

Then include the soaked dal and water. Give a thing a fantastic mix and you may seal your Instant Pot. Set into Porridge style and that is it! The remainder of this recipe is totally hands-off and also the Instant Pot does all of the job for you. Serve with white rice and fresh cilantro to garnish.  

split yellow pigeon peas added to Instant Pot

cooked dal in the pot with a wooden spoon

Served dal on white rice with cilantro garnish

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Easy Instant Pot Dal Recipe


This simple Instant Pot Dal recipe is packed full of taste and is so great for you also! It’s the ideal dal recipe that’s ready in under 30 minutes! )



  • 2 cups Toor Dal (split yellow pigeon peas)
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • two inches fresh ginger
  • 4 little berries
  • 1/2 big or 1 little onion
  • 1 Seranno pepper (two for additional added heat)
  • two dried chilis
  • 3 Tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • Juice of 1 ) little lemon
  • two Tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. Tumeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 teaspoon . Sea salt
  • 4 cups water


  1. Soak the divide yellowish pigeon peas in cold water to 20 minutes. Once they’ve soaked, drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Finely chop: Garlic, Ginger, Tomatoes, Onion, Serrano peppers and put aside.
  3. Pour the vegetable oil to the Instant Pot.
  4. Turn your Instant Pot‘s Sauté style on and await a moment or 2 for it to warm up.
  5. Add onion and ginger. Gently sauté till the onions are translucent for approximately 3 — 4 minutes. Add that the chilis and Serrano peppers.
  6. After onions are translucent and peppers are added, allow it to cook for around 1 minute, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add garlic (if you’re using ginger glue instead of ginger root, then add it instead)
  8. Squeeze juice of 1 small lemon at the mix and blend in well.
  9. Add spices into the Instant Pot: Garam Masala, Turmeric, Cumin, salt and blend well for a moment.
  10. Add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another two minutes.
  11. Add the split beans and 4 cups water.  Close and secure your Instant Pot.
  12. Set to Porridge Mode for 15 minutes) Once the time has elapsed, let to naturally discharge for 5 minutes prior to opening.
  13. Season to taste, adding more salt/pepper/spice as required. We love this served over jasmine rice with chopped cilantro.


The pea/lentil into Water Ratio ought to be 1:2 for the very best outcomes.

Keywords: vegan chana dal, Instant Por dal, Instant pot recipe, Indian Instant Pot recipe

Sara Lassiter

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