12 Indian Lentil & Legume Recipes in Instant Pot

Looking for ideas for which lentils to make in your Instant Pot? Here is a perfect roundup for people looking to add a variety of plant based proteins to their diet.

I had done a post about 12 Indian Curries in the instant pot, which was very popular.  So I am sharing here another roundup with 12 Indian lentils and legumes that can be made in the Instant Pot. Oh…and if you don’t have the instant pot, you can still make all of these recipes in your stovetop pressure cooker.

All of these recipes are vegetarian and gluten free. And all of these can be made vegan by replacing ghee with a plant based oil.

Let’s dive right into the lentil and legumes that you can enjoy!

1. Spinach Dal or Dal Palak

Dal Palak Spinach Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Instant Pot Spinach Dal or as it is popularly called in India – Dal Palak.  This is a comforting lentil soup with spinach mixed in it for extra nutrition.  Making this in the pressure cooker is a snap.  Enjoy it with basmati rice or as a soup. This is a Vegan & gluten-free recipe.

2. Punjabi Chole Masala or Chickpeas Curry

Chole Masala Instant Pot

Chole with bhatura or naan was a favorite weekend meal growing up.  Chana or Chickpeas take very long to cook, hence they are perfect for pressure cooking in the Instant Pot.  This a true one-pot recipe, with the onion-tomato gravy made in the instant pot and then soaked chickpeas cooked along with the gravy. With the instant pot, the best part is that you can set it on a timer to pressure cook and forget.

3. Dal Makhani

Dal Makhani Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 6

This is one of the most popular Punjabi lentil, Dal Makhani in Instant Pot.  Most people order this dal when in an Indian restaurant. This is mainly black gram lentils and red kidney beans prepared with onion, tomatoes, lots of ginger, garlic and butter. This can be made vegan with substituting butter with any plant based oil, my favorite is coconut oil.

4. Dal Tadka

Dal tadka instant pot pressure cooker

Toor dal or Arhar Dal is the one of the most popular dal made in India.  The cooked toor dal is also popularly called as Dal Tadka or Dal Fry.  In this recipe, dal tadka is made in an Instant Pot.  Dal tadka is very quick to prepare and can be ready in minutes.  It is one of the easiest to make for a week night dinner.

5. Kala Chana

Kala Chana Pressure Cooker Instant Pot

Kala Chana is a mildly spiced black chickpeas curry made in instant pot or pressure cooker.  This is a simple everyday Punjabi curry, made in a onion-tomato gravy with ginger and garlic.  It is so easy to prepare and yet so delicious.

6. Rajma Masala

Rajma Kidney Beans Instant Pot

Rajma is one of the most loved Punjabi dishes.  It is a great comfort food enjoyed with rice or roti.  You can make this dish in an instant pot or traditional pressure cooker.  You could also make Rajma in a slow cooker.  This post shares how to make Rajma in Instant Pot. This is a gluten-free and vegan recipe.

7. Vegetable Sambar

Vegetable Sambar Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Mixed Vegetable Sambar in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  Sambar is primarily a South Indian delicacy, but because of it’s benefits and taste popular all over India.  This recipe is to make sambar in an instant pot.  It is very easy to make sambar and even easier in an instant pot, with you not having to monitor while it is cooking.

8. Mango Dal

Mango Dal Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Toor dal (Split Pigeon Pea) cooked with raw mango and tempered with red chillies, curry leaves, mustard seeds and spices. This dal is also called Mango Pappu or Mamidikaya Pappu in South India, where pappu means lentils. This dal has an interesting flavor of mangoes along with lentils. In a single spoon, you can taste the lentils and the tangy sweet mangoes. This is a great variation to the everyday lentils.

9. Lobhia Masala or Black Eyed Peas Curry

Instant Pot Black Eyed Peas Curry

Being a North Indian, I grew up eating Black Eyed Peas, also referred to as Raungi, Chawli orLobhia in different parts of India.  Interestingly they are also referred to as cowpeas, but are from the beans family, not peas.  They are a comforting and nutritional meal. Making them in the instant pot is a breeze, so try this tasty curry.

10. Kale Chana Dal

Kale Chana Dal Stir Fry Instant Pot

Kale Chana Dal or Kale Chickpeas Stir Fry made in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  This recipe is a great twist to incorporate kale in Indian cooking. This recipe is super healthy and delicious.

11. Moong Dal Khichdi

Moong Dal Khichdi Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Moong Dal Khichdi is a simple dish made with rice and lentils, tempered in ghee with cumin seeds.  This recipe is to prepare Khichdi in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  It takes 20 minutes or less and is a perfect comfort meal for weeknights.

12. Lentil & Vegetable Khichdi

Masala Khichdi Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Lentil & Vegetable Khichdi or Masala Khichdi made in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. This is a one-pot vegetarian dish made with lentilsrice and vegetables along with simple spices and ghee. This is the epitome of comfort foods all over India. Khichdi is best cooked in a pressure cooker, so the Instant Pot is the perfect gadget to cook Khichdi.


I hope you have found your favorite Indian lentil recipe to make in the Instant Pot!  Let me know what you are most excited to make, and when you make it, don’t forget to tag #pipingpotcurry.

Is your favorite lentil or legume missing in this list?  Leave a comment below to let me know your requests!

If you are wondering about Indian Curries…check out 12 Indian Curry Recipes in the Instant Pot.

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