Toor dal also known as tuvar dal or arhar dal is a popular lentil made very commonly in Indian cuisine. This toor dal recipe is an easy one-pot dish made by pressure cooking it unsoaked in the instant pot. Toor dal also stores well and can be cooked plain in bulk for meal planning.
Toor dal or arhar dal is split pigeon peas. It is the basic ingredient to make yellow dal tadka. Split pigeon peas lentil curry is the most common preparation compared to all other types of dals in Indian cuisine.
Depending on your preference, you can add more water to adjust it to the desired consistency. For garnishing, top the dal with cilantro and lime juice while serving.
First, turn on the instant pot sauté mode with the normal setting and add ghee. If you are vegan, you can use oil.
Saute until onions are translucent (about a minute). Add the tomatoes and give them a good mix. Add rinsed toor dal, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, and water and deglaze the pot with a spatula.
Boil the unsoaked toor dal on high-pressure mode for 12 minutes followed by natural pressure release. The instant pot will take some time to come to pressure before it cooks for the set time of 12 minutes.
Once the pressure is released, open the lid and give the dal a good mix. You can add some water to adjust to the desired consistency. Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime juice while serving.
Toor dal is commonly cooked in Indian meals. It shouldn't be a surprise to know that many people cook it every day! Dal is served with roti, sabzi (sauteed vegetables), curries, and rice as a complete Indian meal or thali.
After cooking dal, spinach leaves can be added to it to make spinach dal or dal palak.
Cooked dal can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days. You can also freeze it for a month in freezer-friendly zip-lock bags or containers.
You can also pressure cook plain toor dal and water in the instant pot and allow it to cool down and freeze it. When you are ready to use it, thaw the dal and then season it with spices, onions, and tomatoes.
Frozen dal can be defrosted in the microwave. You can also keep the container with frozen dal in the fridge overnight for defrosting.
Thawed lentils can then be reheated in a saucepan, instant pot, or microwave.
Is toor dal gluten-free?
Toor dal is a lentil and just like other lentils, it is gluten-free. If you use oil for tempering, it is also vegan.
What is toor dal water ratio in Instant Pot?
Unsoaked toor dal can be cooked in the instant pot with a ratio of 1:3 of dal to water. You can always adjust the consistency later if needed. If you add too much water then it will take longer for the instant pot to come to pressure.
What to do if the dal is not cooked properly?
Dal may not cook properly because of a few reasons. If you have a bad batch of dal, it may take longer to cook. In that case, it would be best to soak the dal for 30 minutes in warm water and cook it for a longer time in the instant pot.
Sometimes you might end up cooking dal on low pressure mode in the instant pot. This can end up dal being uncooked. Pressure cook dal again on high-pressure mode for 5-7 minutes to cook it properly.
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Instant Pot Toor Dal | Split Pigeon Peas Curry
- 1 cup Toor Dal
- 3 cup Water
- 1 large Tomato (chopped)
- 1 cup Onion (chopped)
- ½ teaspoon Ginger paste
- ½ teaspoon Garlic paste
Oil and spices
- Lime juice (few drops)
- Cilantro (chopped)
- Rinse toor dal in water 2-3 times and discard the water.
- Turn on the instant pot on saute mode with normal setting.
- Once the instant pot is hot, add ghee (or oil for vegan).
- Once ghee is hot, add the mustard seeds and allow to crackle.
- Add hing, whole red chili, cloves, and curry leaves.
- Add the onions, ginger and garlic paste. Saute until onions are translucent (about a minute)
- Add the tomatoes and give it a good mix.
- Add toor dal, turmeric powder, red chili powder, salt, and water.
- Deglaze the pot with a spatula.
- Press cancel to come out of saute mode.
- Lock the lid with pressure knob in sealing position.
- Pressure cook on high pressure mode for 12 minutes followed by natural pressure release.
- Open the lid, give the dal a good mix, optionally add more water if needed and saute for a minute.
- Garnish with chopped cilantro and lime juice while serving.