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Red Lentils Curry (Masoor Dal)

  • Author: Bobby


  • One tablespoon of Oil
  • One teaspoon of Cumin seeds
  • One green chili pepper
  • ½ cup of onions (diced)
  • ½ tablespoon of garlic (minced)
  • ½ tablespoon of ginger (grated)
  • 1 cup of tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1 cup of red lentils (Masoor Dal)
  • 3 cups of water
  • One tablespoon of lime juice
  • Cilantro (to garnish)
  • ½ teaspoon of ground turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon of coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon of red Chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon of garam masala
  • One teaspoon of salt (adjust to taste)


  1. Start by setting the pressure cooker to “saute mode” and then wait for it to heat up.
  2. Then proceed to add the oil and cumin seeds together in a bowl.
  3. Allow it to saute for 30 seconds.
  4. You can now add the green chile, onions, ginger, and garlic once the cumin seeds have turned color.
  5. Then saute for 3 minutes – make sure to turn often – until the onions are golden brown.
  6. Toss in the tomato and seasonings.
  7. Then stir it well and saute for another 2 minutes.
  8. You can proceed to add in the lentils and water stir thoroughly.
  9. Place the trivet – for pot-in-pot rice.
  10. Combine all of the ingredients for basmati rice in a bowl and set it on top of the trivet. With the vent in the sealed position, close the lid.
  11. You should press “cancel” and close the lid with the vent in the sealed position.
  12. Set the instant pot to manual or pressure cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  13. Allow for a 5-minute natural pressure release once the instant pot chimes, then manually release the pressure.
  14. Remove the lid from the pot. Stir in the lime juice and the dal.
  15. You can now serve with cilantro as a garnish. Dal can be served with roti, naan, or rice.

You can watch this video recipe to learn how to cook red lentils.