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Green Moong Dal /Instant Pot Split Green Moong Lentil

A perfect Instant Pot recipe of chilke wali moong dal/green dal. It is a nutritious and balanced one pot meal. It goes well with any grain or bread. It is also vegan and gluten free!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian Cuisine.
Servings 4


  • 1 Cup Split Green Moong Dal
  • 1 Medium Onion,chopped finely
  • 1 Tbsp Avocado Oil/Ghee
  • 1 Dry Red Chilli
  • ½ Tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Inch Grated Ginger
  • 1 Green Chillies Chopped (Optional)
  • 3 Cloves Chopped Garlic
  • ½ Tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 Tsp Red Chilli Powder(Optional)
  • Salt ,according to the taste
  • 3 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Lemon Juice
  • ¼ Cup Fresh Cilantro
  • ¼ Tsp Garam Masala Powder
  • 1 Big Tomato ,chopped
  • 1 Tsp Coriander Powder


  • Wash and soak the lentil for 30 minutes in sufficient water.
  • Press the saute button on the Instant pot .Once it displays hot add dry red chilli and cumin seeds.Let them sizzle and crackle for some time .
  • Add chopped onion and saute till they look transparent .At this moment add chopped garlic and saute till it looks light brown .Add green chilli and ginger .Saute for 30 second .
  • Add turmeric powder ,red chilli powder(if adding ),coriander powder.Saute it for 30 second .
  • Add chopped tomato and salt to the spice mix .Add one tbsp of water and stir the spice mix for 1 minute .
  • Add soaked lentil and 3 cups of water to the spice mix.Add garam masala powder and stir it once .
  • Cover it with the lid and the turn the vent to seal in position .
  • Cook on high pressure for 4 minute.The texture will be perfect ,not very mushy .If you like dal to be very soft, cook for 5 minutes.
  • Let the steam release naturally .Remove the lid.Mix the dal with a big spoon ,ladle or whisker .It depends on personal choice .I personally feel that mixing the dal by stirring it gives a wonderful texture .
  • Taste the salt .If needed to add ,add now.Mix lemon /lime juice and garnish with fresh cilantro .
  • Serve with your choice of grain or bread .
  • Enjoy .
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