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Vegan Dal Tadka Instant pot Indian curried lentils

Best Restaurant Style Dal Tadka

Dal tadka is a slow-cooker meal that is an Indian staple dish. It's vegan and packed with antioxidants.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 116 kcal


  • 1 ½ cup yellow lentil
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt to taste
  • pinch cilantro (optional)
  • pinch fenugreek leaves (optional)

Tadka (tempering) Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 serrano pepper, minced
  • 1 tsp coriander cumin powder
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper powder


  • Add lentils, garlic, chopped onion, turmeric, tomatoes, and salt to slow cooker
  • Add 4 cups of water – if you want a runnier soup, add 4.5 cups
  • Turn on high heat for approximately 3 hours
  • After 3 hours, heat olive oil to medium-high heat on stovetop and add all tempering ingredients
  • Allow cumin seeds to sizzle and then remove from heat
  • Add all tempering ingredients to slow cooker
  • Cook for an additional hour, checking the texture of lentils prior to serving. If they are not to your liking, cook additional time to achieve desired texture. Yellow lentils take longer than red lentils from what I’ve found.
  • Top with fenugreek leaves, fresh chopped cilantro, and serve with rice or your favorite bread (naan, roti, or paratha)
  • Enjoy!


Serving: 1bowlCalories: 116kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 6gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6mgPotassium: 309mgFiber: 5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 213IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 23mgIron: 2mg
Keyword dal, dal tadka, slow cooker dal, vegan dal
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