Instant Pot lentil recipes collection.
Indian Lentil Recipes
Lentils or dal is a staple in an Indian household and is made almost every day. The way dal is made varies from state to state in India. Not just that, there are different versions of dal in different regions of a state. Let us not forget that every household has its own favorite version too.
The most common varieties of lentils used are moong dal (petite yellow lentils), toor dal or arhar dal (split pigeon pea), masoor dal (red lentils), urad dal (split and skinned black gram), and chana dal (split Bengal gram). With so many varieties of dal and variations of recipes, there is a plethora of recipes to try.
Lentils are a great source of plant-based protein, rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They have a low glycemic index which helps keep you full for longer. They are rich in iron, folates, vitamins, and minerals.
Here is my collection of Indian lentil recipes made in an Instant Pot. This must-try recipe collection includes recipes for not only dal, but also soups, khichdi, and desserts!
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No. Lentils do not need to be soaked before pressure cooking. However, wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt and pick any stones that they may have.
It depends on the type of lentil. For example, yellow lentils (moong dal) needs 5 minutes whereas pigeon pea lentil (toor dal) needs 8 minutes. Check individual recipes for cooking times.
As a general guide, you can use the lentil to water ratio of 1:3. Check individual recipes for more details.
Vegan Dal Recipes
Dal (or dhal) is a staple in every Indian household and is made almost every single day. There are so many varieties of dal and so many variations in the way they are prepared. Plain steamed rice served with dal and vegetables is so comforting and delicious.
These recipes are a great source of plant-based protein and are suitable for a vegan diet. From the popular dal fry to the lesser-known cabbage dal, find some unique recipes here. They are a great way of sneaking in vegetables and greens for picky eaters.
These lentil soup recipes are healthy, delicious, and very easy to make. These protein-rich soups are a great way to stay warm on cold nights and they come together very quickly. Simple ingredients and spices are used in these soups and they are perfect for the entire family.
Khichdi or khichri is an Indian-style risotto made using lentils and grains (mostly rice). This one-pot meal is made with vegetables and spices. It is very comforting and filling and can be served for lunch, dinner, as well as breakfast. The rice in the khichdi is often replaced with other grains like millets.
Khichdi is also popularly called the National dish of India and every state has its own variation. Here are some recipes of khichdi made with petite yellow lentils along with either rice, millets, or cracked wheat.
Desserts with Dal
Here are some lentil-based desserts that are unique and very easy to make. Using your Instant Pot to create these authentic-tasting desserts saves a lot of time and energy. Each of these recipes is tried, tested, and includes all the tips you need to make them. They are perfect for festivals, celebrations, and gatherings.