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Instant Pot Dal Tadka (Dal Fry)

instant pot dal tadka

Instant Pot Dal Tadka (Dal Fry)

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Course Punjabi
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
  • teaspoon hing
  • 1 teaspoon Kashmiri chili powder


  • Cilantro garnish


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

Make the tadka on the stovetop: 

  • 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.
  • Pour the (red) tadka on top of the dal.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve.


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