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Fingerlicking good Instant Pot Dal – Instant Pot Dal Tadka recipe that’s ready in 15 minutes and made using a mix of 3 lentils (green moong dal, split masoor dal and yellow split peas) with tadka on top. Serve with rice, roti, quinoa or choice of grain.
Instant Pot Dal or Instant Pot Dal Tadka is my favorite everyday dal that we make at home and I especially like it with a bowl of steaming rice!!
This combination is literally a taste of heaven on a plate, 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 cooking it, you would come across numerous versions.
And that my friend is the BEST part about Dals. They can be 100% customized to your taste/needs.
It is a mixture of 2 or more dals (masoor, moong, arhar or as many) that’s cooked in an Instant pot to a mushy state and then a ‘Tadka’ (tempering) of cumin, onion, tomatoes are added on top.
As seen in pictures below
I love using a mix of dal’s and in the picture above you can see the following variety:
Ingredients for the Tadka:
If you read above, I have mentioned that this is a Dal Tadka, which is very different from Dal Fry.
Dal Tadka: is a mix of 2 or more Indian lentils, that’s cooked to a mushy state. Then you make the tempering known as ‘Tadka’ using cumin, onions, tomatoes, etc and add it on TOP of the Dal.
Dal Fry: is mostly made using yellow dal (could be a mix or not) and then is either mixed with a tadka of ‘Cumin-Onions’ or it’s added on the top.
For my Instant Pot Dal recipe, I’m making the Tadka separately in a small pan and will add it on top of the dal (once cooked) – This had two advantages:
The tadka is ready in less than 3 minutes and elevates the Dal flavor to a whole new level
Tried Our Recipe – AWESOME!!!
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You can prepare the 'Tadka' when you put the dal into Manual Cooking Mode.
Hence, the hot tadka is ready as soon as the Instant pot dal is done.