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Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal

Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal

Prep: 5 min
Cook: 25 min
Total: 30 min
Servings: 4

Whip up this cozy red lentil dal in under 30 minutes using your Instant Pot cooker. This classic dal recipe is easy to cook and full of flavor.

Author Nalima
by Nalima
Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients & Directions

Recipe Ingredients


Yield: Red Lentil Dal (4 Servings)
Needed Kitchenware: Instant Pot Cooker
  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 serrano pepper, deseeded and diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tsp tumeric powder
  • ½ tsp Kashmiri chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup masoor or red lentils, rinsed and drained
  • 3½ cup water
  • 1 cup sweet potatoes, cubed
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro
Recipe Directions


  • Press the sauté mode on the Instant Pot and add the avocado oil. Add mustard seeds and fry for 1 minute. Let it sizzle.
  • Add the onions and the serrano pepper and sauté for a few minutes.
  • Next, add garlic and ginger and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add chopped tomatoes and the remaining spices of tumeric, chili powder, coriander, salt, and garam masala. Cook until tomatoes are soft about 2-3 minutes.
  • Turn off sauté mode. Add lentils, water, and sweet potatoes. Stir until combined.
  • Close the lid on the pot. Set the Instant Pot to manual/pressure cook and set the timer to 5 minutes.
  • Once the 5 minute timer beeps and is done, release pressure manually.
  • The dal should be ready. Add lime juice and cilantro and serve with rice or roti.

You can substitute the Kashmiri chili powder by using ½ tsp smoked paprika and ⅛ tsp ground cayenne pepper. Use less cayenne for less spicy heat.

While this recipe was specifically made for an Instant Pot, you can make this on the stovetop. Replace step 6 by using a cooking pot with a lid and cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes. Check for doneness at this point and keep cooking if the lentils are not yet soft, adding water if necessary. You can also use your own pressure cooker.

Recipe nutrition

Nutritional Information

Yield: Red Lentil Dal
Servings: 4
Information per serving:
Energy: 324.8 kcal
Carbohydrate: 50.5 g
Protein: 13.6 g
Fiber: 8.5 g
Sugar: 5 g
Fat: 8.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 5.2 g
Polyunsatured Fat: 1.6 g
Omega-3: 0.2 g
Omega-6: 1.3 g
Saturated Fat: 1.1 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Choline: 14.4 mg 3% DV
Folate: 115.8 µg 29% DV
A: 519.4 IU 74% DV
B1: 0.3 mg 30% DV
B2: 0.1 mg 10% DV
B3: 1.5 mg 11% DV
B5: 0.8 mg 16% DV
B6: 0.4 mg 33% DV
B12: 0 mg 0% DV
C: 11.9 mg 16% DV
D: 0 IU 0% DV
E: 1.3 mg 9% DV
K: 11.2 µg 12% DV
Calcium: 62.9 mg 6% DV
Copper: 0.8 mg 88% DV
Iron: 4.9 mg 27% DV
Magnesium: 59.5 mg 19% DV
Manganese: 1.7 mg 97% DV
Phosphorus: 201.5 mg 29% DV
Potassium: 714.5 mg 15% DV
Selenium: 2.7 µg 5% DV
Sodium: 628.3 mg 42% DV
Zinc: 2.2 mg 27% DV

Please note nutritional information varies dependent on agricultural conditions, consistency in manufacturing processes, and honesty in reporting. We cannot accurately report on the amount of harmful chemicals or beneficial plant constituents that might be present in these ingredients. We cannot report on the content of material added during the cooking process. We cannot guarantee if the vitamins present are natural or synthetic. We make no guarantees to the accuracy of this information and continue to suggest purchasing organic, high-quality, fresh ingredients from local, trusted sources. Where possible, we use non-fortified ingredients to calculate the nutrition. We do not include optional ingredients. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet and values come regulated from the FDA. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your needs.

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