instant pot chana dal

Instant Pot Chana Dal

  • Author: My Heart Beets


  • 1 cup chana dal, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • 1 serrano pepper, slit in half but still intact 
  • 2 ½ cups water 
  • ½ cup onion masala 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne or red chili powder, to taste 
  • Cilantro, garnish


  1. Soak the dal for 1-2 hours, drain and rinse.
  2. Press the sauté button, add oil and allow it to heat up for a minute. Add cumin seeds and serrano pepper to the pot. Once the cumin seeds begin to brown, add the remaining ingredients to the pot. 
  3. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 12 minutes at high pressure. 
  4. Naturally release pressure or wait 15 minutes, then release pressure. 
  5. Adjust salt to taste and add more liquid if you’d like a thinner dal. 
  6. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!