Instant Pot Tomato Daal | Tomato Pappu | Lentils with Tomato


Ingredient List:


1.5 cups of toor dal(pigeon peas) soaked in water for around 30 minutes

2 tomatoes, diced

Half a medium sized onion, diced

3 cloves of garlic,

crushed chili powder, 2 tablespoons. (

turmeric powder 1 tablespoon. (

cumin powder half tablespoon. (

salt, to taste

4 green chilies(birds eye chili), slit, (reduce the quantity if you prefer less “spicy”)

mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon

cumin seeds, 1 teaspoon

oil, 2 tablespoons

A bunch of coriander leaves,

5/6 curry leaves

A fistful of raw tamarind soaked in water.(OR) 2 tablespoons of store brought tamarind paste can be diluted with a cup of water and used.




Step 1: Pressure cook the daal/pigeon peas. Throw the following into the Instant Pot: Daal, tomatoes, Tamarind ,Onions, green chillies, chili powder, half of turmeric powder and cumin powder For 1.5 cups of daal, pour 3 cups of water. Pressure cook on “Manual” mode for 3 mins, make sure the whistle is in SEALING mode.

Step 2: Do a Quick Release. Make sure the safety valve has come down and carefully open the lid. Add salt, as per your taste.

Step 3: Thadka/ Tempering: Over a small flame, heat oil in a small pan, and add the following: Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic, turmeric powder and curry leaves Next, add the tadka to the daal and switch the IP to ’Saute’ mode. Garnish the daal with corriander leaves, and let simmer for a few minutes. Serve hot along side rice/rotis/naans.

Ps. If you want the daal to be “tangy-er”, add a few tablespoons of tomato ketchup! **********************************

The instant pot shown in this video: ***********************************

A little about ‘daal’

Daal/Dal is a staple in most indian households and is made with a wide variety of lentils and pulses. A large percentage of Indians are vegetarians, and rely on lentils and pulses to get their daily quota of protein. In North India, daals are generally eaten with rotis and naans,made with wheat and in south india, daal is generally eaten with white rice. ***********************************************************************

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