Masoor Dal made in instant pot served in a bowl along with onions, tomatoes
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Whole Masoor Dal Recipe (Brown Lentils Curry)

Enjoy this delicious & healthy Whole Masoor Dal, also known as Brown Lentils Curry, made in the Instant Pot or Stovetop Pressure Cooker. Vegan & Gluten Free.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, North Indian
Keyword: dahl, dal, sabut masoor dal, whole masoor dal
Diet: Gluten-free, Vegan
Method: Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Servings: 4
Calories: 237kcal
Author: Meeta Arora




  • Start the pressure cooker in sauté mode and let it heat. Add oil and cumin seeds. Saute for 30 seconds.
  • When the cumin seeds change color, add green chili, onions, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 3 minutes until the onions become golden brown while stirring frequently.
  • Add tomato and spices. Stir and sauté for another 2 minutes. 
  • Add the lentils, water and stir well. Press cancel and close lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Change the instant pot setting to manual or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 12 mins. After the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. 
  • Open the pot. Add the lime juice and stir the dal. 
  • Garnish with cilantro. Serve dal with roti, naan or rice. 

For stovetop pressure cooker

  • Follow the same steps as above. Cook for 3-4 whistles (about 12 minutes) and let the pressure release naturally.



Make it less spicy: Skip the green chili and reduce red chili powder. 
Which Green chili to use? I typically use Thai, Birdeye or Serrano Chili Pepper in my recipes. Don't forget to adjust to your taste. 
Created: This recipe was created in a 6qt Instant Pot DUO60 Multi-use Programmable Pressure Cooker.


Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 640mg | Potassium: 614mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 13.8mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 4.3mg