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Instant Pot Chana Dal

instant pot chana dal

Instant Pot Chana Dal

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  • 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 frozen onion masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon garam masala
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoon cayenne or red chili powder to taste
  • Cilantro garnish


  • Soak the dal for 1-2 hours, drain and rinse.
  • 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. 
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 12 minutes at high pressure. 
  • Naturally release pressure or wait 15 minutes, then release pressure. 
  • Adjust salt to taste and add more liquid if you’d like a thinner dal. 
  • Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!
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