Instant Pot Indian Dal

This vibrantly spiced red lentil stew comes together quickly and easily.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 servings
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Ingredients

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 small onion, chopped

1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger (from a 1-inch knob)

2 teaspoons ground coriander

1 teaspoon ground turmeric

1 teaspoon ground cumin

Pinch of cayenne pepper

3 cloves garlic, minced

One 15-ounce can diced tomatoes

2.5 ounces dried mushrooms (such as shiitakes)

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 pound red lentils (about 2 cups)

1 dried Thai red chile

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Juice of 1 lime, plus wedges, for serving

Toasted coconut flakes and chopped salted roasted cashews, for serving

Directions

Special equipment:
a 6- or 8-quart Instant Pot® multi-cooker
  1. Turn a 6-quart Instant Pot® to the normal saute setting (see Cook's Note) and add 4 tablespoons of the butter. When melted, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 6 minutes. Add the ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, cayenne and garlic and cook, stirring often, until the garlic and ginger are softened and the spices are fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato paste and 4 1/2 cups water until well combined. Bring the liquid to a boil, turn off the pot and cover with the lid. Let the mushrooms sit in the liquid until softened, about 10 minutes.
  2. Stir in the lentils, chile, 1 tablespoon salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Follow the manufacturer's guide for locking the lid and preparing to cook. Set to pressure cook on high for 2 minutes. 
  3. After the pressure-cook cycle is complete, follow the manufacturer's guide for quick release and wait until the quick-release cycle is complete. Being careful of any remaining steam, unlock and remove the lid. Remove the chile and stir in the lime juice and remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Thin to desired consistency by adding up to 1/2 cup water. Spoon into bowls and sprinkle with the coconut, cashews and a squeeze of lime before serving.

Cook’s Note

Settings may vary on your Instant Pot® depending on the model. Please refer to the manufacturer's guide.