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three bowls filled with instant pot dal that is topped with coconut milk swirl and served with a cloth napkin

Instant Pot Dal

Instant Pot Dal is easy to make and full of delicious aromatic spices.
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, Indian, Western
Keyword Instant Pot Dal
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 9 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 311kcal



  • 1 onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic purée
  • 1 teaspoon ginger purée
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups (256g) yellow split peas rinsed
  • 3 tomatoes chopped
  • 4 cups (1000ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) coconut milk


  • Set Instant Pot to sauté and add oil to Instant Pot insert.
  • Once heated, add the onion and 1 tablespoon of water.
  • Sauté for about 5 minutes until softened.
  • Switch the Instant Pot off and stir in the garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin, Garam Masala, turmeric and salt. Stir together for about a minute, until fragrant.
  • Next add in the split peas, tomatoes, and water. Mix, making sure to scrape the bottom of the Instant Pot insert to avoid the burn message.
  • Add in the coconut milk, but do not stir in.
  • Place the lid on and turn the value to the sealing position. Set for 9 minutes on high on manual /pressure cook (depending on the Instant Pot model).
  • When done, allow for a full natural pressure release.
  • Open the lid, stir, and then ladle into bowls.
  • 10. To serve, swirl in some coconut milk and add some fresh lime wedges.


Tips For Making Dal in the Instant Pot
  • If not following a vegan diet, you can add ghee or butter to your dal.
  • Change it up! You can swap in green split peas for the yellow lentils. Or if you prefer to make it with red lentils, reduce the cook time to 8 minutes.
  • Feel free to add more or less spices to customise the spice base to suit your taste.
  • Like a little heat? Feel free to add some chillis or a bit of cayenne pepper.
What to Serve with Instant Pot Daal
Instant Pot Dal is delicious served on top of Instant Pot Rice and Instant Pot Quinoa. Or just dish it up and pair it with a side of flat bread.
Weight Watchers Points in Instant Pot Dal
There are 4 Freestyle Points in a serving of Instant Pot Dal.


Calories: 311kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 875mg | Fiber: 18g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 610IU | Vitamin C: 11.8mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 3.7mg