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Instant Pot Dal Fry

Instant Pot Dal Fry

Everyone loves a good dal – it is the ultimate comfort food with a bowl of rice. Make this comfort food even more comfortable by making this Instant Pot version of Dal Fry.
Course Main
Cuisine Indian, North Indian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 34 minutes
Total Time 39 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 271kcal
Author Manju


  • 2 tbsp avocado oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp asafetida
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • ½ tsp ginger paste
  • ½ tsp garlic paste
  • 2 green chillies chopped
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne
  • 1 tomato chopped
  • 1 cup yellow moong dal
  • 3 cups water
  • salt to taste
  • ¼ cup cilantro minced


  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Add the oil, once it heats up, add the cumin seeds and let it crackle. Add the asafetida, onion, ginger, garlic and green chillies.
  • Saute till the onions soften a little. Add the turmeric powder, coriander powder and cayenne. Add the tomatoes too. Saute for 1-2 mins, till the tomatoes start to soften.
  • Add the rinsed dal, water and salt. 
  • Set the Instant Pot to Manual mode in High Pressure and set the timer for 10 mins. Keep the vent in sealing position.
  • In about 10-12 mins after the timer runs out, the sealing pin will go down with Natural Pressure Release (NPR) and you can open the Instant Pot.
  • Mix well, squeeze some lime (Optional) and garnish with minced cilantro.


Calories: 271kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 97mg | Potassium: 767mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 475IU | Vitamin C: 12.1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4.2mg