instant pot red lentil dal (masoor dal)

Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal (Masoor Dal)

  • Author: My Heart Beets


  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 
  • 1 serrano pepper, slit in half but still intact 
  • 3 cups water 
  • 1 cup red lentils (masoor dal), rinsed 
  • ½ cup onion masala 
  • 1 teaspoons salt 
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala 
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne or red chili powder, to taste 
  • Cilantro, garnish


  1. 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 start to brown, add the remaining ingredients to the pot. 
  2. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure. 
  3. Naturally release pressure or wait 10 minutes, then release pressure. 
  4. Adjust salt to taste and add more water if you’d like a thinner dal. The dal will thicken as it cools so if you are reheating it, you’ll likely need to add more water.