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Yellow Daal Chawal Daal

Instant Pot Daal Chawal

This is the perfect Instant Pot lentil recipe. It's quick to prep and so comforting!
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 5



  • 1 cup red lentil Masoor, rinsed well
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp red chili you can add more to the tadka to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste


  • 3-4 tbsp oil the quantity is up to you
  • 2 red button chili whole
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder


  • In your Instant Pot, add lentils, water, turmeric and red chilli powder and pressure cook on high for 6 minutes with the valve sealed.
  • Once done, release pressure, add salt to taste and adjust the consistency of the daal. If the daal is too thin for your taste, cook it down a bit on "saute" mode. If you like it more watery, add more water. When you reach the desired consistency, set the instant pot to low.


  • In a pan, heat up oil, add cumin and allow it to crackle a bit. Then add the button chilli and garlic cloves. Let the garlic get golden brown, then add a pinch of red chilli powder.
  • Swirl the tadka in the pan for 30 seconds and pour on the daal. Give it a gentle stir and cover with a glass lid (not the pressure cooker lid otherwise pressure will start building). Let the daal steep in the tadka for 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve with Basmati rice and some aam/gajar ka achar!


  • When releasing pressure, you can do a quick release but if the daal splatters, then wait for the pressure to release naturally
  • Tadka ingredients are up to you. You can add slices onion and curry leaves as well. 
  • keep your daal on low setting when ready to pour the tadka.