Tomato dal instant pot or tomato lentil curry is an easy and delicious recipe made in one pot instant pot dish. This South Indian recipe is one of the staple dish in every household. On busy week days, satisfy your comfort food cravings with easy recipe like tomato dal. 

I use ghee i.e. clarified butter in my lentil dishes but its completely your choice, which makes this dish Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free and nut-free. 

tomato dal instant pot

PURPOSE OF SOAKING DAL BEFORE COOKING

Soaking the lentils in plenty of water will reduce the phytate levels which lowers the potential cause for bloating or gas. I usually soak them overnight and cook them in the morning after giving a quick wash. Along with soaking, cooking lentils with a lot of carminatives also helps. 

WHAT ARE CARMINATIVES?

Carminatives are foods that help to soothe the digestive tract and help in reducing bloating and indigestion. Some herbs and spices in our kitchen have valuable carminative properties which are cumin, coriander, fennel, garlic, ginger, lemon, cinnamon, nutmeg.

HOW TO MAKE TOMATO DAL INSTANT POT

1  Wash the toor dal until it runs clean and soaking them until other ingredients are prepared.

2  Meanwhile, Chop the onion, green chili, garlic,  and tomato. 

3  Drain the soaking water then give it a good rinse. 

4  In instant pot, liner add soaked dal, water, turmeric, tomato, onion, garlic, green chili. 

Optional: POT IN POT RICE:

5  Take 1/2 cup quinoa: 1 cup water (or) 1 cup sona masoori rice : 2 cups water and place the trivet and keep rice bowl on the trivet.

6  Close the lid and set the instant pot on MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK for 8 min.

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6  When count down is done, quick release and remove the pot which is on top.

7  Mash the dal with ladle until smooth and soft. 

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HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT TEMPERING

1  The crackling of spices and change in color indicates the process is completed. 

2  Pour oil and ghee in a pan over high heat. When the oil is hot enough, reduce heat to medium. 

Can replace ghee with oil

3  Add mustard seeds, when they start to splutter add cumin seeds, red chili, curry leaves, hing or asafoetida, red chili powder.

4 Turn off flame and pour this tadka on dal.

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tomato dal instant pot

Tomato dal instant pot

Tomato dal or tomato lentil curry is an easy and delicious recipe made in one pot dish. This South Indian recipe is one of the staple dish in every household.
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tomato dal instant pot
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:15 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

Ingredients

  • Toor Dal - 1/2 cup
  • Water - 300 ml
  • Thai green chili - 4
  • onion - 1 small or 1/2 cup
  • Tomato 1 medium or 1 cup
  • Garlic - 2 large

TADKA

  • Oil - 1/2 tbsp
  • Ghee - 1 tsp
  • Mustard seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Cumin seeds - 1/8 tsp
  • Dry red chilli -1
  • Curry leaves - 4
  • Hing or asafoetida - pinch
  • Chili powder - 1/4 tsp

Instructions

  • HOW TO MAKE TOMATO DAL:

    1 Wash the toor dal until it runs clean and soaking them until other ingredients are prepared.

    2 Meanwhile, Chop the onion, green chili, garlic, and tomato.

    3 Drain the soaking water then give it a good rinse.

    4 In instant pot, liner add soaked dal, water, turmeric, tomato, onion, garlic, green chili.

    Optional: POT IN POT RICE:

    5 Take 1/2 cup quinoa or sona masoori rice and 2 cups water and place the trivet and keep rice bowl on the trivet.

    6 Close the lid and set the instant pot on MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK for 8 min.
  • 7 When count down is done, quick release and remove the pot which is on top.

    8 Mash the dal with ladle until smooth and soft.
  • HOW TO MAKE A PERFECT TEMPERING:

    1 The crackling of spices and change in color indicates the process is completed.

    2 Pour oil and ghee in a pan over high heat. When the oil is hot enough, reduce heat to medium.

    Can replace ghee with oil
  • 3 Add mustard seeds, when they start to splutter add cumin seeds, red chili, curry leaves, hing or asafoetida, red chili powder.

    4 Turn off flame and pour this tadka on dal.
Servings: 4
Author: Fashion chef in kitchen

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