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Instant Pot Toor Dal

Instant Pot Toor Dal- Simple indian lentil recipe using Split pigeon pea dal pressure cooked in Instant Pot.Basic Indian Recipe which is Vegan & Gluten Free. #instantpot #dal #indianinstantpotrecipe
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword instant pot
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 24 minutes
Natural Release time 15 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 125kcal



  • 1 Cup Toor Dal Split Pigeon Peas
  • 3 Cup Water add 1/2 cup more, if you like your dal thinner
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • Salt as per taste
  • Coriander Leaves as garnish
  • 1/2 Lime Juiced

Tempering or Base Sauce


Instant Pot Method

  • Wash the dal and set aside.
  • On your Instant Pot - Choose SAUTE mode.Once the pot is hot, add the ghee to the inner pot.
  • Add Cumin,asafetida,green chilli,ginger and garlic.Saute and let it infuse for 30 seconds.
  • Add onions and mix it all up.Let this cook for 10 minutes till the onions are brown.
  • Add the coriander powder and red chilli powder.Give it a mix.
  • Tip in the chopped tomatoes with the juices and all.Cook till mushy.About 5 minutes.
  • Add the washed dal,3 cups of water and turmeric and salt.Cancel the SAUTE function.
  • Choose PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL, set the timer for 8 minutes,Set the Steam release handle to SEALED.
  • NPR- Natural Pressure Release-Let the pressure release on it's own.Open the lid,give it a mix.
  • Squeeze half a lime,Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot

Quicker Instant Pot Dal

  • Add all the listed ingredients to the instant pot.
  • Choose PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL, set the timer for 8 minutes, Set the Steam release handle to SEALED.
  • 5 NPR-Let the pressure release on it's own for 5 minutes after which Quick Release the pressure.
  • Open the lid, mash the dal with a heavy spoon or potato masher.
  • Add lime and coriander.


You don't have to do the whole process on instant pot.I find is equally efficient to divide the work between stove top and instant pot- Make the Masala on stove top, while pressure cooking the dal in IP.I, then just mix the Masala in the IP once the pressure is released.
Quick Temper
Heat Ghee in a small pan on the stove top or microwave. Once it is hot, add cumin, slivered garlic and 1/4 tsp of chilli powder.
if on stove top, switch off immediately. If in the microwave, microwave for 10 seconds. Add to the dal and mix.


Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 3.7g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 2.2g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg