Dal Tadka: Quick & Easy Instant Pot Recipe for a Hearty Indian Lentil Dish!

    30 minutes


    6 servings

    Savor the delightful taste of Dal Tadka with our quick and easy Instant Pot recipe. Immerse yourself in the heartwarming flavors of this traditional Indian lentil dish, expertly prepared for both convenience and authenticity. Elevate your dining experience with the perfect blend of aromatic spices and hearty lentils, bringing a touch of homemade goodness to your table in no time.

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    1 cup lentils, rinsed and soaked in warm water
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
    1 tablespoon garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon ginger, minced or paste
    1 small red onion, finely chopped
    2 serrano chilis
    1 roma tomato, diced
    2.50 cups water
    1 teaspoon salt
    0.50 teaspoon turmeric powder
    1 teaspoon garam masala
    0.50 teaspoon red chili powder
    2 tablespoons cilantro
    few drops fresh lime juice, optional
    2 teaspoons olive oil
    1 dry red chili (whole)
    0.50 teaspoon cumin seeds
    0.50 teaspoon mustard seeds
    0.25 teaspoon red chili powder

    Nutritional Information

    4g Fat
    6g Protein
    2g Sugars
    130 Calories
    18g Carbs



    Rinse and soak lentils in warm water. Prepare Tadka (optional) at this time.
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    Turn on Saute mode (high). When it displays ‘hot’, add oil and mustard seeds. Wait for them to sizzle and splutter.
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    Add onions, serrano chili, ginger, and garlic. Saute for 2-3 minutes, until the onion turns pink.
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    Add chopped tomato and spices and saute for another minute.
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    Add rinsed and drained lentils along with fresh water. Deglaze the pot, scrapping off any brown bits stuck at the bottom. Close the lid, cancel saute, and pressure cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
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    Heat a small sauce pan on medium heat. Add oil along with dry red chili, cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and red chili powder. Gently heat it until the seeds begin to splutter. Turn off heat and add this tempering on top of the cooked dal just before serving.
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    Note: The nutrition facts below are estimates. If you are following any diet plan, I recommend cross-checking with your preferred nutrition calculator.

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