Instant Pot Mixed Dal

During the holidays it is so hard to eat good, but after Thanksgiving was over I really just wanted some comfort food but healthyish. So made this simple IP mixed dal that you can eat with rice, roti, or paratha! Honestly I could eat this all on by itself. It’s like having soup on a cold night, it’s warm, comforting, and hearty! It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner, when you need to get dinner on the table real fast. The leftovers make the best lunch. Hope this brings some comfort to you and your family.

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  • You can use oil instead of ghee.
  • You can add more or less of whatever dals you like.
  • When you are added the water make sure all the dal is covered and water is an inch above the dals.

Prep time: 10 minutesCook time: 30 minutesTotal time: 40 minutesMakes: 6 servings


  • ½ cup urad dal
  • ½ cup masoor dal (red dal)
  • ½ cup green moong dal
  • ½ cup yellow moong dal
  • ½ cup toor (tuver) dal
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 inch ginger, shredded
  • 1-2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 dried red chili
  • 2-3 whole pepper corn
  • ¼ asafoetida (hing)
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 ½ tsp red chili powder
  • 1 ½ tsp cumin coriander powder (dhana jeeru)
  • Salt to taste
  • cilantro , chopped (optional)
  • 2 ½ -3 cups water
  • lemon/ lime juice to taste


  1. Wash all the dals well and set aside until ready to use.
  2. Turn your instant pot on Saute mode for 15 minutes
  3. Once the IP is hot add the ghee, then cumin seeds, asafoetida, dried red chili, whole pepper corn. Once it all sizzles add onion and garlic, cook until it is soft and fragrant.
  4. Add the ginger and cook until fragrant. Then add tomatoes and jalapenos cook until it is softened. Then add all the spices (turmeric powder, red chili powder, and cumin coriander powder). Add a splash of water, cook for a couple of minutes.
  5. Add the dal and water. Close the cooker and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes. Make sure the valve is sealed.
  6. Natural or quick release. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with roti, rice, or bhakri!

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