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Instant Pot Black Dal (Urad lentil)

Black Daal is tasty, full of protein, and other nutrients. It's light to eat and easy to digest. It's a perfect weeknight meal very satisfying and very filling. Serve it with white rice to make it a complete combination.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Keyword: Black Dal, instantpot
Servings: 5 people


Black Lentil

  • 1.5 cups black dal urad dal
  • 5 cups water
  • salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 medium onion cut roughly in 5 pieces
  • 2 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tsp tamarind concentrate paste

Tarka (tampering)

  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 4 curry leaves
  • 1/2 onion finely silced
  • 1/2 green pepper finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 tbsp mint finely chopped (optional)



  • Add in the lentil and pour in 3 cups water in the instant pot. 
  • Add in salt, turmeric, paprika, onion, and ginger garlic paste.
  • Mix well and Turn the Instant Pot on; select Multigrain setting set for 10 minutes.
  • After 10 minutes, let the air vent and open the lid. Add in Tarmarind and remaining 2 cups of water and mix.


  • In a fry pan, heat oil on medium heat.
  • Add in the onion fry it until golden brown. Add in the remainder of the tarka ingredients and fry them for 2 minutes.
  • Then pour it on top of the daal.
  • Serve it with white Rice.