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Bowl of Vegan Instant Pot Dal Tadka

Instant Pot Dal Tadka (Curried Lentils)

Authentic Indian style dal tadka is a favorite among vegetarians. This instant pot version will take you less than a half hour to get restaurant style curried lentils.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 6 mins
Total Time 26 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 bowls
Calories 233 kcal


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 serrano pepper, diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • ½ onion, chopped finely
  • 1 tomato, chopped finely
  • 2 tsp garam masala (can substitute curry powder)
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup yellow lentils (moong dal)
  • 3 cup water
  • salt (to taste)
  • cilantro (optional for topping)
  • lime juice (optional for topping)


  • Rinse lentils with water until the water runs clear. This will remove any extra dust or starch left.
  • Turn on Instant Pot to saute mode and add olive oil.
  • Add cumin seeds, garlic, and serrano pepper to pan and allow seeds to simmer (once oil is hot this should only take about 10 seconds).
  • Add chopped onion and allow to brown.
  • After about 3 minutes, mix in the dry spices. Then add the tomato.
  • Allow this mixture to cook for another minute.
  • Mix in the water and lentils.
  • Turn on the manual pressure on high and cook for 6 minutes. (7 minutes will make for a bit mushier lentils).
  • Once it's complete, allow it to sit for 10 minutes before manually releasing the pressure.
  • Mix it up and top with cilantro and lime juice, or serve as it is. Serve alongside roti, naan, or basmati rice.


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 233kcalCarbohydrates: 35gProtein: 14gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 27mgPotassium: 102mgFiber: 6gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 370IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 2mg
Keyword instant pot dal, instant pot vegan dal, vegan dal tadka
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