Instant Pot Dal Recipe (Indian Lentil) Dal Tadka

Instant Pot Dal Recipe: healthy and fingerlicking Indian Dal / Lentil, ready in 15 minutes using Instant pot.

Instant Pot Dal can be served with bread or rice/quinoa or even couscous.

This dal is also popularly known as Instant Pot Dal Fry or Instant Pot Dal Tadka.


Instant Pot Dal Recipe is my favorite everyday dal recipe at home. It’s healthy, convenient and Oh Sooooooo Good!!

‘Dal’ is an inseparable part of Indian cuisine and literally, All Indians have grown up eating it.

Whether it’s the simple combination of ‘Dal-Roti’ or ‘Dal-Chawal’ or even our most humble offering ‘Khichdi’ (mixture of lentil+rice).

And if you like eating at an Indian restaurant, then you can literally see a whole ‘sub-heading’ in the menu dedicated to Various Indian Dal, like Dal Makhani, Dal Fry, Dal Tadka, Yellow Dal, etc.

As common yet important Dal is, every household in India has a different Dal recipe 🙂

Yes, you heard it right! There is no hard and fast rules or MUST-haves in it.

And that my friend is the BEST part about Dals. They can be 100% customized to your taste/needs.


So I thought, why not share one of our most used Dal recipes and hence here I am with my Instant Pot Dal Recipe.

I love using a mix of dal’s and in the picture above you can see the following variety:

Arhar / Toor Dal (Yellow in Color)

Masoor Dhuli Dal (Red Lentil)

Mung Dhuli Dal (Split Mung Beans)

Along with that, I’m using very basic spices like salt, turmeric, cumin seeds and cloves.

I’m using red chili powder in the ‘Tadka / Add-on’ that goes on top of the dal.

You don’t have to use the Tadka as the dal will taste good without it too.

Once you have these ingredients, the recipe is extremely easy and almost like making any quick Instant pot recipe where you need to saute a little bit in the beginning.

Also, while my Instant Pot Dal Recipe cooks, I quickly prepare the fresh Tadka / Add-on.

Which takes less than 3 minutes to make but elevates the Dal flavor to a whole new level.


So go ahead and try this Indian Dal or Indian Lentil recipe and do let me know how you enjoyed it?


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Instant Pot Dal Recipe (Indian Lentil) Dal Tadka

Instant Pot Dal Recipe (Indian Lentil) Dal Tadka
your favorite and delicious Indian Dal / Lentil, ready in 15 minutes using Instant pot. #instantpot #dalfry
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 1 Cup Arhar Dal
  • 1/2 Cup Red Lentil - masoor dhuli
  • 1/2 Cup Green Lentil - moong dhuli
  • 2 Cups Water
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt - as per taste
  • 1 Stalk Cilantro - for garnish (can use coriander)

Tadka - Tempering:

  • 2 Tbsp Ghee - use coconut oil if vegan
  • 1/2 Tsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Large Dry Red Chilies
  • 1 Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Red Chili Powder - use as per taste
  • 1 Pinch Asafetida - hing


! Prep Work:

Mix the lentils in a bowl and wash with cold water 2-3 times.

! Make the Instant Pot Dal Recipe (Dal Tadka)

Start the instant pot.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving:Calories: 267 Total Fat: 12g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 16mg Sodium: 120mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 12g Sugar: 4g Protein: 12g

12 Replies to "Instant Pot Dal Recipe (Indian Lentil) Dal Tadka"

  • Sues September 24, 2018 (12:09 am)

    I’ve never made dal before, but this is totally tempting me! And I’m always looking for more awesome things to make in my Instant Pot 🙂

    • Molly Kumar September 24, 2018 (4:00 pm)

      Thanks for liking the recipe Sues. It’s so easy to make and totally yummm. Hope you try it soon 🙂

  • Madison | A Joyfully Mad Kitchen September 22, 2018 (11:55 am)

    I love how simple you make this look! I’ve never had Indian food before but now I want to try it 🙂

  • Haley D Williams September 20, 2018 (1:23 am)

    Wow! This looks so good! I love all the spices! Great for a quick weeknight dinner option with that instant pot!

  • Calleigh K September 19, 2018 (11:01 pm)

    I just love the golden color of this recipe, it reminds me of the “golden turmeric milk” which happens to be one of my favorite drinks. And was glad to realize that one of the ingredients is turmeric. I actually have all the ingredients, I can’t wait to give this a try. Thank you for sharing.

  • Bethany | A Simple Palate September 19, 2018 (10:20 pm)

    So savory and comforting – and love that it’s made in an instant pot!

    • Molly Kumar September 20, 2018 (7:11 pm)

      Thanks Bethany. It’s really Perfect for Winters

  • Amanda September 19, 2018 (7:10 pm)

    Everything in this bowl looks so flavorful and delicious — totally perfect for fall. Can’t wait to give this a try!

  • Cindy @ The Sweet Nerd September 19, 2018 (7:04 pm)

    This looks so good – seems like a very fall appropriate meal. Thanks for posting!

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