Instant Pot Moong Dal Tadka (Split Yellow Lentils Soup)

Instant Pot dal recipe

Moong Dal Tadka in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker.  It is a quick, easy and low-calorie nutritious lentil soup.

Moong dal used to be my mom’s go to dal for a quick meal.  It can be prepared very quickly in just 10 minutes.  It is also a great source of proteins for vegetarians.  For the fitness pals, this dal is very low in calories.  It is also extremely light and healthy.  That is the reason this is a preferred meal if someone is sick and recovering, as it is very easy to digest.  This dal is also considered a great starter food for babies.

One thing important to note about cooking this dal is that it cooks so quickly, so you want to be careful that it does not get too mushy.  I prefer the grainy consistency where you can really taste the dal.  You can eat this as a soup or with rice or roti.

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Instant Pot dal recipe
Instant Pot Moong Daal Tadka (Split Yellow Lentils Soup)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Moong Dal Tadka or Split Yellow Lentils Soup made in an instant pot.
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: North Indian
Servings: 3
Author: Piping Pot Curry
  1. Add the moong dal, water and salt to the instant pot. Start in manual mode for 3 minutes.
  2. Separately heat a sauce pan to prepare the tadka. Add ghee and cumin seeds. Once they splutter, add garlic and onion and let it cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. When the onion turns golden brown, add tomatoes and let it cook for another 2 minutes. Add turmeric, chilli powder.
  4. When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually.
  5. Stir in the prepared tadka to the cooked dal in instant pot.
  6. Add cilantro to garnish. The dal is ready to be served.
Recipe Notes
  • You can soak the moong dal, but it is not necessary as this dal cooks very quickly. 
  • If you don't have an instant pot, this can be made in a pan or a traditional pressure cooker.   

10 thoughts on “Instant Pot Moong Dal Tadka (Split Yellow Lentils Soup)

  1. This came out great – thank you for the recipe!

    I also tried a variation – mango dal – put in seasoning first on saute, added spices, cut mango (sweet sour), cut zucchini, dal, and cooked them together. Added a bit of chopped spinach and coriander after cooking.

    1. Hey Priya – Glad it worked. I have spinach dal and mango dal recipe on the blog, which are very similar to what you did. Thanks for sharing your review 🙂

  2. Thanks for this recipe! The tadka is wonderful. I had to cook the lentils for 6 minutes at high pressure-at 3 minutes the lentils were still hard. Now it’s the right texture. 2 tsp salt is way too much for me so I’ll try with less next time.

    1. Hey Priti – You can use diced canned tomatoes. Just add 1/4 cup of them, as very little is needed in this recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

    1. Hey Andrea – You can use both yellow and orange split lentils. Follow the same recipe, soaking is not needed. Hope you enjoy it!

  3. Tried this recipe and 3 mins manual + manual quick release hadn’t cooked my dal at all ☹️. Is it different timings for pot in pot?

    1. Hey Smita – pot in pot cooking usually takes longer than in the main pot. I usually make lentils in the main pot and rice in a smaller pot. For this, I would suggest 6 mins of manual high pressure for pip. Hope that helps!

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