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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Add the moong dal, water and salt to the instant pot. Start in manual mode for 3 minutes.
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.
When the onion turns golden brown, add tomatoes and let it cook for another 2 minutes. Add turmeric, chilli powder.
When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually.
Stir in the prepared tadka to the cooked dal in instant pot.
Add cilantro to garnish. The dal is ready to be served.
- 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.