instant pot Indian brown lentil dal (whole masoor dal)

Instant Pot Brown Lentil Curry (Whole Masoor Dal)

  • Author: My Heart Beets


  • 1 cup whole masoor dal (brown lentils), soaked for 1-2 hours
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ serrano pepper, minced (adjust to taste)
  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ cup onion masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne, to taste
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • Cilantro, garnish


  1. Soak the lentils for a couple hours (or overnight). Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Press the sauté button, add the ghee/oil and allow it to heat up for a minute. Add cumin seeds and green chili pepper to the pot. Once the cumin seeds brown, add lentils and remaining ingredients to the pot.
  3. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Naturally release pressure.
  5. Garnish with cilantro and serve.