instant pot dal tadka

Instant Pot Dal Tadka (Dal Fry)

  • Author: My Heart Beets
  • Category: Punjabi
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian




  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green chili, minced
  • 2 dried red chilies
  • ⅛ teaspoon hing
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder


  • Cilantro, garnish


  1. Add the rinsed dal, water, onion masala, and spices to the instant pot.
  2. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 6 minutes at high pressure.
  3. Naturally release pressure.

Make the tadka on the stovetop: 

  1. Add ghee to a pan over medium heat and once it melts, add cumin seeds and mustard seeds. When the cumin seeds brown, add the onion and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until golden brown, then add the green chili, dried red chilies, hing, stir, then add the Kashmiri red chili and immediately remove from heat.
  2. Pour the (red) tadka on top of the dal.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and serve.