Easy to fix and absolutely delicious Whole Masoor Daal recipe is a game changer. This 10 Minute InstantPot Brown Lentil with Garlic Naan or plain Rice makes a great meal for a weekly menu.
Whole Brown Lentil
Whole Brown lentils have been an essential pantry ingredient of every South Asian household for centuries. Growing up, my mother cooked these lentils so often with Rice, Roti, Naan and Pulao. Whole brown lentils are hearty and have that meaty flavor to them. I like to cook lentils with fresh tomatoes and Indian spices like my mother did. You have got to try this amazing dish full of flavors. It's healthy, full of good nutrients and antioxidants.
InstantPot for Brown Lentil
Brown lentils are high in potassium and a great source of fiber. They make a great Vegan substitute for meat. Pressure Cooker has been part of my life ever since I can remember. I didn't mind whistles creeping in while trying to relax on a couch with a cup of Tea. However, things changed when I had my boys. My kids hate the sounds pressure cooker cooking and I can't stand cooking lentils and meat in a regular pot.
My Mother In Law gifted me magical kitchen equipment called 'InstantPot". It pressure cooks and doesn't make sound like my creepy Indian pressure cooker.
What's in My Whole Masoor Daal Recipe:
This InstantPot whole brown lentil recipe requires only a few ingredients to cook. Curry that takes less than 30 minutes and tastes great is a win-win dinner prep for me.
- Whole Brown Lentils: I love the meaty flavor of whole brown lentils. Brown lentils are very easily found at any major grocery store in the Rice and Lentil sections.
- Tomato: I have used Roma Tomatoes for this recipe. Feel free to use your favorite type of Tomato.
- Onion: Thinly sliced fried onions are great for garnishing. I love the flavors of fried onions.
- Garlic Cloves
- Cumin seeds
- Ginger-Garlic Paste
- Kashmiri red chili powder
- Turmeric powder
- Cumin powder
- Coriander Powder
Storing and Freezing Lentils
Lentils stay great in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days and up to a 1 week in the freezer.
- To Refrigerate– Refrigerate Lentil Curry in an air tight container. Reheat it in the Microwave or in a sauce pan with some water.
- To Freeze– Freeze Lentil Curry in a freezer-friendly container. Defrost it in the fridge overnight or reheat it in a sauce pan with a little water.
Kitchen Tools You’ll Need:
Recipes to Serve InstantPot Brown Lentils with
- Indian Naan
- Plain Rice
Easy Indian Recipes for Dinner
Whole Masoor Daal-InstantPot Brown Lentil
- 1 cup Whole Brown Lentils , rinse and soak the lentils in water for 15 minutes to an hour
- 1 medium Tomato
- ⅓ cup thinly sliced Onion
- 2-3 minced Garlic Cloves
- ½ teaspoon Cumin seeds
- ¼ cup freshly chopped Cilantro
- 1 teaspoon Ginger-Garlic Paste
- 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric powder
- 1 teaspoon Cumin powder
- 1 teaspoon Coriander Powder
- 3 Tablespoons Oil
- 2 ½ cups Water
- 1 teaspoon Salt or to taste
- ½ Lemon , optional
- Rinse and drain soaked whole brown lentils. Wash and thinly chop a Tomato.
- Set InstantPot on sauté mode on high heat for at least 25 minutes. Heat oil in an InstantPot and add thinly sliced onion. Cook onion until golden. Remove fried onion in a bowl and set it aside, for garnish.
- Add cumin seed in the same oil you cooked onion in the InstantPot. Once cumin starts to change color, add chopped garlic.
- Quickly add lentils, spices, ginger-garlic paste, chopped tomato, water and salt.
- Stir well. Cover the lid and pressure cook. Make sure the vent is closed, otherwise the pressure won't build.
- Cancel Sauté setting and set the InstantPot to Pressure Cook on high for 10 minutes on high pressure setting. Make sure to cancel "keep warm" setting.
- Once cooked, let it stand while pressure releases naturally.
- Garnish Masoor Daal with fried Onion, chopped Cilantro and a squeeze of lemon juice.
- Serve it with plain Rice, Naan, or Roti(Indian flatbread).
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 22.7g||29%|
|Saturated Fat 2.8g||14%|
|Total Carbohydrate 28.5g||10%|
|Dietary Fiber 10g||36%|
|Total Sugars 4.7g|
|Vitamin D 0mcg||0%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
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Mother, Wife, Indian-American born and raised in the small town of India. Former IT employee now a food blogger. A self-taught food photographer.
I choose to cook with Whole Foods and Clean Ingredients as my Mother did. I am a firm believer in cooking meals with lots of vegetables, little meat, and generous spices.