Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe

Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe – This is healthy dal recipe that can be made on regular basis. Onion-tomato are sauteed first with few spices and then pressure cooked with lentils.

Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

Here I have used mix of three different dals – toor dal (split pigeon peas), moong dal (split yellow lentils) and masoor dal (pink lentils). Alternately you can use just one or combination of any two lentils.

The meal is complete and comforting when this instant pot dal fry is served with rice (e.g. plain rice, jeera rice or pulao) or quinoa. I always cook dal and rice together using PIP (Pot In Pot) method, details mentioned below in notes. So the meal gets ready in about half an hour, isn’t is quick?

I also roast urad dal papad and make kachumber salad to go on side which makes healthy and filling meal.

If recipe is followed properly, you will get the same taste as you get in Indian restaurants’ dal fry or yellow dal.

Check out more IP recipes
Instant pot chana masala
Instant pot pav bhaji
Instant pot black eyed peas curry
Instant pot aloo matar

How to make Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (Step by Step Photos):

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1) Take toor dal, moong dal and masoor dal in a colander or bowl.

2) Mix and wash them under running cold water till water runs clear. Or rinse them 3-4 times or till the water is no more cloudy. Soak them in enough water for 15-30 minutes though this is optional.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

3) Turn on the Instant pot with saute mode. Once hot add oil and cumin seeds. Let the seeds sizzle a bit.

4) Then add chopped onions and saute for a minute.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

5) Now add chopped green chili, ginger and garlic paste.

6) Mix and saute for a minute or till the raw smell of ginger garlic goes away.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

7) Now add tomatoes.

8) Mix and cook for 2 minutes or till they become soft.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

9) Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder.

10) Mix and cook for 30-40 seconds.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

11) Add dal and water.

12) Mix well and turn off the saute mode by pressing cancel.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

13) Cover the IP with lid. Keep the vent on Sealing position. Press the manual button (high pressure) and keep the timer for 7 minutes by pressing + or -.
Let it NPR (natural pressure release) for 5 minutes then do QPR (quick pressure release) aka manually release the pressure by turning the position of the vent. Once all the pressure releases, the pin drops. That time open the lid.

14) Mix and check if any more water is required and turn on the saute mode (if extra water is added otherwise no need).
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

15) Add garam masala and kasoori methi. Crush the kasoori methi between your palm before adding. Mix well.

16) Add lemon juice and stir well.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

17) Lastly garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

18) Press cancel to turn off the IP and dal fry is ready to serve.
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

How to make Rice and Dal Fry in IP using PIP method:

  1. Soak the dal for at least 20 minutes. Also soak the rice for 15-20 minutes.
  2. Make IP dal fry as mentioned above. Put the rack in it.
  3. Put the rice container on the rack (keep rice water ratio 1:1)
  4. Cook on manual for 5 minutes. Then NPR for 5 minutes and then QPR.

Serving suggestion: Serve instant pot dal fry with plain rice, quinoa, jeera rice or veg pulao. It can be served with roti or paratha.

Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)
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Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)

Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe - quick, healthy and comforting Indian lentil recipe made in IP

Course Main Course
Cuisine North Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Yield 2 servings
Calories 183 kcal
Author Kanan

Ingredients (1 cup = 240 ml)

  • ¼ cup Arhar dal (toor dal or split pigeon peas)
  • 2 tablespoons Yellow moong dal (split and skinless)
  • 2 tablespoons Masoor dal
  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
  • ½ cup Onion chopped
  • 1 Green chili chopped finely
  • 1 teaspoon Ginger paste or freshly grated or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic paste or freshly grated
  • ½ cup Tomato chopped finely
  • ½ teaspoon Turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon Red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Coriander powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 ¼ cups Water
  • ½ teaspoon Garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon Kasoori methi (Dried fenugreek leaves)
  • 1 teaspoon Lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Cilantro or coriander leaves chopped finely

Instructions

  1. Wash three dals and soak them in enough water for 15-30 minutes. Soaking is optional.
  2. Turn the IP on with saute mode. Once hot add oil and cumin seeds. Let them sizzle.
  3. Add onions and saute for 1-2 minutes.
  4. Then mix in ginger garlic paste and green chili, cook for 40-50 seconds or till the raw smell goes away.
  5. Mix in tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes or till they become soft.
  6. Add salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder and coriander powder, mix well.
  7. Add soaked dal and water, stir well.
  8. Cover the IP with lid and keep the vent on sealing position. Cook on manual for 5 minutes (if dal is soaked) or 7 minutes (if soaking step is skipped).
  9. Let NPR for 5 minutes then do QPR. Once pressure releases, open the lid.
  10. Stir and check if more water is required or not. Turn back the saute mode on if water is added.
  11. Mix in garam masala, kasoori methi and lemon juice.
  12. Lastly garnish with coriander leaves.

Notes

*Nutrition information is a rough estimate for 1 serving

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Dal Fry Recipe (15 Minutes Yellow Dal Fry Recipe in IP)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 183 Calories from Fat 128
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14.2g 22%
Saturated Fat 1.9g 10%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 619mg 26%
Potassium 212mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 12.3g 4%
Dietary Fiber 3.1g 12%
Sugars 3.4g
Protein 3.1g 6%
Calcium 3%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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