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Instant Pot Moong Dal Fry. Split Yellow Lentils Pressure Cooker
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Instant Pot Moong Daal Fry / Split Yellow Lentils Soup

Moong Dal Tadka or Split Yellow Lentils Soup made in instant pot. A simple yet flavorful yellow dal tempered with cumin, garlic and spices. This is a mild everyday lentil enjoyed with rice.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North Indian
Keyword: instant pot, pressure cooker, yellow moong dal
Diet: Dairy-free, Gluten-free, Nut-free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker
Servings: 4
Calories: 218kcal
Author: Meeta Arora



  • Start the instant pot in sauté mode and heat oil in it. Add cumin seeds and asafoetida. 
  • Once the cumin seeds start to change color, add the onions, garlic and saute for 2 minutes. 
  • Add tomatoes, turmeric, red chili powder and salt. Stir and saute for 2 minutes. 
  • Add the washed dal and water. Stir it all up. Pressure Cancel and close the lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Change the instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for for 4 mins. After the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then release the pressure manually (5 minute NPR).
  • Garnish with cilantro and stir. Optionally, sprinkle the juice of half a lemon and some garam masala. Moong Dal is ready to be served.


Calories: 218kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 602mg | Potassium: 536mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 245IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 4.1mg