This Instant Pot Masoor (Red Lentil) Daal recipe is the perfect weekday meal. It requires minimal prep work, delcious and healthy.
- 1 cup Masoor Daal (Red Lentils)
- 1 large beefsteak tomato, roughly chopped
- 1 green chili, minced (optional)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 3 1/2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- pinch of hing (asafetida)
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 1 tsp paprika
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 2 broken dried red chilies (optional)
- Roughly chop tomatoes, mince green chili (optional) and slice garlic.
- Rinse the masoor daal (red lentils) until the water runs clear.
- Place red lentils, tomatoes, green chili, salt and turneric into the Instant Pot.
- Add water and stir with a wooden spoon. Place the lid on to the Instant Pot and make sure the Release Valve is on the Seal Setting.
- Turn the Instant Pot to Low-Pressure Mode for 6 minutes.
- After the pressure builds, the lentils will cook for the set 8 minutes. Then let the pressure release manually, by moving the Release Valve from the Seal Setting to the Vent Setting.
- Remove the lid and use a potato masher to mash the lentils and tomatoes about 10 times until tomatoes are no longer chunky.
- In a small pot, heat up the oil at a medium low heat for about 1 minute.
- Add the hing and cumin seeds.
- When the cumin seeds begin to sputter, add the sliced garlic, paprika and dried chilies (optional).
- Little bubbles will begin to form and the oil infuses.
- Swish the oil in the pot over the flame, a few times and remove from heat.
- Pour tadka, or tempered oil, over the cooked lentils (reserve a little for garnish) and mix.
- Pour lentils into a serving dish and pour reserved tadka on top as a garnish and serve.
- When Maually releasing the pressure, use a wooden spoon as hot water or hot steam will release.
- Lift small pot off the flame if the oil is getting too hot to ensure you do not burn the spices or garlic.
- Tadka should take about 5-7 minutes to make as it is only a small amout of oil.
Keywords: red lentils, instant pot, masoor daal, tadka