Daal, not dull! Hah I tried.
It’ s a proud moment for this blog because I have finally mastered the art of cooking Daal. After many failed attempts (partly because I didn’t own a presuure cooker), I have finally nailed Daal Chawal. This recipe is a version of the one my cook in Pakistan used to make and is admittedly a tad spicier. I also took the liberty to deepen the color but don’t worry, I’ll share the more classic yellow daal very soon!
If you’re in the same boat as I was a few weeks ago, this is for you! Just get yourself a mini pressure cooker featured in this video and you’re golden!
Masoor Daal (Red Lentil)
- 1 cup red lentil masoor daal
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- red chili powder pinch
- 1/2 cup tomato chopped
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup oil you can reduce this amount to your liking
- 5 garlic cloves sliced thin
- 1/2 tsp red chilli flakes
- 1/4 tsp red chili powder
- In a pressure cooker on medium heat, pressure cook lentil, water, coriander powder, garam masala, red chili powder, and tomato.
- Wait for 4 whistles. The texture should be mushy. If the texture differs from the video, pressure cook for 2 more whistles. Remove lid (be sure to let the steam release completely--I prop up the safety valve with a knife).*
- Turn the flame to the lowest setting while you prepare the Tarka.
- In another pan, add oil, garlic cloves, red chilli flakes and red chilli powder and let cook on low heat for a few minutes or until garlic has turned golden brown.
- Pour the Tarka in the hot daal, give it a quick stir and turn off the flame.
- Cover with lid until ready to serve.
- Serve hot with Basmati or any long-grain rice.
**You can also omit tomato and increase water by 1/2 cup. I have also been doing this lately.
***Lastly, you can reduce the oil for tarka to 1/4 cup if 1/2 cup is too much for you.
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How long would you recommend cooking this in an instant pot instead and would you tweak the water/spice ratio in an instant pot?
I have a ninja foodi and I used the exact recipe and it didn’t turn out as good as your video! 🙁
I may have guesstimated the time incorrectly to pressure cook.
Hi Shazeen, for pressure cooking knowing the vessel is quite important. I have never used an instant pot so unfortunately won’t be able to suggest a trusted technique. Usually, if at the end of pressure cooking I find the daal to be grainy, I add more water and cook it off on the stove. Similarly, if I think the lentils aren’t done, I put back on pressure for a few more wistles. Sorry if you were hoping for a better response but I hope this helps a it.
Hi, I just found you and I’m very excited to try some of your recipes. For the first time in my life, I just went to a Pakistani & Indian restaurant. I have NEVER had such AMAZING FOOD in my LIFE!! I’m ready to learn as much as I can about this type of food, so thank you for your recipe. One question for you, where did you purchase your cute little pressure cooker?
Ahh, I borrowed a friend’s for this recipe but check out hawkin’s Classic Pressure Cooker. I believe this holds 2 litres.
Thanks for recipe.