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Instant Pot Dal Fry | Dhaba Style Dal Fry

Dhaba Style Dal Fry - the popular Punjabi Dhaba style dal fry prepared with mixed lentils, dried fenugreek and assorted spices in Instant Pot. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course: Main Course, rice accompaniment
Cuisine: North Indian, Punjabi
Keyword: dal fry recipe, dhaba style dal fry, instant pot dal fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 160kcal
Author: Srividhya G

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsps Red Masoor Dal
  • 2 tbsps Brown Masoor Dal
  • 2 tbsps Moong Da
  • 2 tbsps Toor Dal
  • 2 tbsps Channa dal
  • 2 tbsps Green Moong Dal
  • 2 tsps Oil
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Green Cardamom
  • 2 Cloves
  • 1 piece Cinnamon 1-inch
  • ½ Hing - 1/2 tsp
  • ½ Onion medium sized
  • 1 Tomato
  • 1 Garlic
  • 1 piece Ginger 1-inch
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • ¼ cup Chopped Cilantro
  • ¼ cup Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • ½ tsp Red Chili Powder
  • 1 ½ tsps Salt - 1.5 tsps
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • ½ tbsp Kasoori Methi
  • 3 cups Water + 1 cup
  • 2 tsps Milk/cream optional

Instructions

Prep - Work

  • Wash all the dals and let it soak for 10 minutes.
  • Chop the onion, tomato, and cilantro and set aside.
  • Cut the green chili, garlic, and ginger into small pieces.

Steps

    Instant Pot Method

    • Set the IP in saute mode and add oil.
    • Once the oil is hot add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and green cardamom.
    • Fry for a minute and add the green chili, ginger, garlic pieces and hing.
    • Saute for a minute and add the chopped onion. Cook until the onion turns translucent.
    • Then add the chopped tomatoes and all the dry spices including salt, red chili powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder.
    • Mix them thoroughly and add the mix dals.
    • Add 3 cups of water and mix the ingredients.
    • Set the IP in manual mode and cook for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, let it sit for 5 minutes and then do a quick pressure release.
    • Carefully open the lid after the pressure is dropped.
    • Mash the dal nicely with a potato masher and add one more cup of water.
    • Now add sugar, 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro and crushed kasoori methi.
    • Stir them all together and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
    • And that's it. Dal fry is ready.

    Pressure Cooker Method

    • Pressure cook the mixed dals by adding turmeric powder and three cups of water for three to four whistles.
    • Let it cool and then mash the dal and set aside.
    • Heat a pan or kadai and add oil.
    • Once the oil is hot add the bay leaf, cumin seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and green cardamom.
    • Fry for a minute and add the green chili, ginger, garlic pieces and hing.
    • Saute for a minute and add the chopped onion. Cook until the onion turns translucent.
    • Then add the chopped tomatoes and all the dry spices including salt, red chili powder, coriander powder.
    • Now add the cooked dal and mix well and let it simmer for two minutes.
    • Then add one more cup of water, sugar, 1/4 cup of chopped cilantro and crushed kasoori methi.
    • Stir them all together and let it simmer for 5 minutes.
    • And that's it. Dal fry is ready.

    Notes

    • You can do the tempering with ghee for rich flavor.
    • Also instead of mixed dals, you can use any one dal variety and prepare the dal fry.
    • Adjust the salt and spices as per your preference.
    • Before serving you can add a dollop of ghee on top or add some fresh cream or milk.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 897mg | Potassium: 266mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 427IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 2mg