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Instant Pot Yellow Dal

Instant Pot Dal

This Yellow Dal recipe is a cozy and satisfying Instant Pot vegetarian recipe. A family favourite meatless Monday meal that is comforting and nourishing.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword easy instant pot, instant pot dal, instant pot vegan recipe, instant pot vegetarian recipe, yellow dal recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 228 kcal
Author Samantha


  • 2 cups yellow split peas, rinsed thoroughly (swished about in a large bowl of water 5-8 times until water is clear)
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil (avocado, grapeseed, or canola)
  • 1 medium yellow cooking onion, finely sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp dried turmeric
  • 400 mL coconut milk (full-fat or light is fine)
  • 800 mL cold water


  1. Set Instant Pot to Saute. Once HOT appears on the IP add oil and onion. Cook for 2 minutes until starting to soften. Add garlic, ginger, cumin seeds, and turmeric, cooking and stirring for 2-3 minutes until fragrant. 

  2. Add split peas, coconut milk, and water to IP, closed lid with valve set to sealed and set IP to HIGH pressure cook (or manual) for 4 minutes. 

  3. Carefully use the quick release valve and allow steam to escape until the valve is depressed. Carefully open lid, stir dal and serve with rice, naan bread, and desired vegetables. 

Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Dal
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Sodium 56mg2%
Potassium 518mg15%
Carbohydrates 33g11%
Fiber 13g54%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.