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Bengali Tadka / Green Moong Dal in Instant Pot (Mung Bean Curry)

Tadka dal or torka dal is a famous Bengali street food made with green moong dal (green gram or mung bean). This creamy and luscious dal is paired with plain roti or chapati. When made in an Instant Pot, this Dhaba-style easy vegan dhal is ready in less than 30 minutes (with 10 minutes of hands-on time). 
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Author: Shilpa
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 8
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cup green moong dal
  • ½ cup chana dal (Bengal gram)
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 4-5 cloves garlic finely chopped (approximately 2 tablespoons)
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped (approximately 1 tablespoon)
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chili finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomato finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves

Instructions

  • Wash the green moong and chana dal thoroughly. Soak them for 1-2 hour
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and add oil
  • Add garlic and saute until the garlic is lightly golden
  • Add ginger and saute for a few seconds
  • Add onion and saute for 2-3 minutes (until onion is translucent)
  • Add tomato, green chili, turmeric powder, chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, and salt. Mix well
  • Cover and let the tomatoes cook for 2 minutes
  • Add ¼ cup water and deglaze the pot
  • Drain water from the soaked dal and add it to the IP
  • Add 6 cups water and mix well
  • Close the lid of the Instant Pot and pressure cook for 10 minutes
  • Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a quick release
  • Set the IP in saute mode. Using a ladle or potato masher, mash the cooked dal well. Let it simmer for 2-3 minutes
  • Add garam masala, coriander leaves, and crushed Kasuri methi. Mix well
  • Serve hot with roti/chapati or rice

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Notes

See tips section above for all the useful tips to make this dish.
Nutrition Facts
Bengali Tadka / Green Moong Dal in Instant Pot (Mung Bean Curry)
Serving Size
 
1 g
Amount per Serving
Calories
269
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
5
g
8
%
Saturated Fat
 
1
g
6
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Sodium
 
32
mg
1
%
Potassium
 
772
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
44
g
15
%
Fiber
 
12
g
50
%
Sugar
 
6
g
7
%
Protein
 
15
g
30
%
Vitamin A
 
363
IU
7
%
Vitamin C
 
9
mg
11
%
Calcium
 
104
mg
10
%
Iron
 
4
mg
22
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.