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Whole Masoor dal in InstantPot

Here is a an easy weeknight dal recipe with whole Masoor dal which takes under 30 minutes from start to finish. Masoor dal is the regular ‘pink lentils’ that is commonly called just lentils. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4


  • Instant Pot


  • 2 cups Whole Masoor dal washed
  • 2 large Shallots chopped coarsely
  • 3 Roma Tomatoes diced
  • 2 Potatoes (optional) diced


  • Ginger grated
  • Garlic chopped
  • Fresh Turmeric root grated
  • Jalapeno chopped


  • Oil
  • 1 tsp Paanch Poren


  • Start the InstantPot on SAUTE Mode
  • Add Oil and paanch poren, fry to golden
  • Next add onions, ginger, garlic, turmeric and jalapeño
  • Add tomatoes next
  • Finally add the lentils and 2 cups of water
  • Add salt
  • Cook on HIGH for 10 minutes 
  • Release pressure and mix to combine
  • Garnish with cilantro