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Instant Pot Brown Lentil Curry (Whole Masoor Dal)

instant pot Indian brown lentil dal (whole masoor dal)

Instant Pot Brown Lentil Curry (Whole Masoor Dal)

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  • 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


  • Soak the lentils for a couple hours (or overnight). Drain, rinse and set aside.
  • 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.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure.
  • Naturally release pressure.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.
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