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Buttery Instant Pot Pigeon Pea Dal

Buttery Instant Pot Pigeon Pea Dal

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  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4
  • Category: Instant Pot


Nothing will warm your soul and keep you cozy like this ridiculously easy and delicious Buttery Instant Pot Pigeon Pea Dal!


  • Split Pigeon Peas LentilsĀ (Toor Dal) – 1/2 cup dry, rinsed.
  • Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Onion – 1 medium, chopped.
  • Garlic – 2, minced.
  • Cumin Seeds – 1/2 tsp
  • Ground Cumin – 1 tsp
  • Ground Turmeric – 1 tsp
  • Ground Coriander – 1 tsp
  • Ground Ginger – 1 tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper – 1/4 tsp
  • Salt – 1 tsp (or to taste)
  • Cherry Tomatoes – 1 cup, sliced in half.
  • Water – 2 cups
  • Lemon Juice – 2 tsp
  • Cilantro – for garnish (optional)


  1. Press saute mode on Instant Pot. Add oil and once hot, add cumin seeds and let crackle.
  2. Add chopped onion, garlic, all remaining spices and saute until fragrant and onions turn golden brown in color.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, rinsed dal and water. Mix well, scraping any bits and pieces from the bottom of the pot.
  4. Close the lid of the Instant Pot and cancel saute mode. Select manual and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes. Once 10 minutes are up, wait 5 minutes and then release the pressure.
  5. Add in lemon juice, adjust salt as needed and mix well.
  6. Serve topped with cilantro if desired over rice.


The peas must be Split Pigeon Peas, NOT Pigeon Peas. Thanks to those of you who commented to help clarify this!


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