Instant Pot Dal


Platings and Pairings


4 servings (for a 6-quart Instant Pot)


  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves finely grated
  • 1 2-inch piece ginger peeled and finely grated (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne more if you like your indian food spicy
  • 1½ cups dried split peas rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tomatoes chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro chopped + extra for garnish
  • ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooked basmati rice
  • 1 small red onion very thinly sliced into rounds, rinsed
  • 1 lime zested and juiced
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Large pinch of salt


  1. Set Instant Pot to SAUTE, add heat the oil. Add onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until softened, 5-7 minutes.
  2. Stir in garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Hit the CANCEL button and add split peas, water, tomatoes, salt and stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot.
  4. Cover and seal the lid – turn the vent to sealing. Press the MANUAL (high pressure) button and set the timer to 10 minutes. It will take about 15 minutes for Instant Pot to come to full pressure, then the display will show a countdown timer.
  5. Meanwhile, make your toppings.
  6. In a small bowl, combine lime zest and juice, red onion, sugar, and a large pinch of salt. Massage the onion for 1 minute to help it soften.
  7. Mix yogurt and 2 Tbsp. water in a small bowl; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Once the 10 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  9. Open the lid, stir in the cilantro and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  10. Serve dal over rice drizzled with yogurt and topped with pickled onion and additional cilantro.

Nutrition Info

Amount Per Serving: Calories 362, Calories from Fat 72;  Fat 8g; Saturated Fat 5g; Cholesterol 1mg; Sodium 326mg; Potassium 993mg; Carbohydrates 53g; Fiber 20g; Sugar 9g; Protein 21g.


  • This is a 6-quart Instant Pot recipe; half ingredients for 3-quart.