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Dal Tadka (Curry Lentil Soup)
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Dal Tadka (Curry Lentil Soup)

Instant Pot recipe for popular Dal Tadka, i.e. curry lentil soup tempered with spice infused oils for enhance flavors. Served hot with rice or as soup!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Instant Pot35 mins
Total Time51 mins
Course: Entree, Everyday Recipe, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Curry Lentil Soup, Dal-tadka
Servings: 4 People
Calories: 316kcal



  • 200 gms Tomato 2 medium size diced
  • 250 gms Onion 1 small size diced
  • 10 gms Ginger ½ inch piece minced/grated
  • 5 gms Green chilies 2-3 adjust as per your spice level, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon Cilantro



For second tempering:


  • Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat the oil.
  • Add asafetida, cumin seeds, green chili and ginger.
  • Sauté for 30 seconds more and then add diced onion.
  • Continue to sauté until onions are translucent.
  • Now add tomatoes and continue to sauté until soft and mushy.
  • Add all the spices except garam masala and lemon juice into the pot. Mix them well.
  • Add washed and drained lentil into the pot.
  • Add 3 cups water for thick consistency, 3.5 cup water for medium and 4 cups for little soupy consistency. Give it a good mix after adding water.
  • Press CANCEL and close the instant pot lid with vent in sealing position.
  • Set MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK mode for 6 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally (NR)
  • When float valves pops down, open the lid and add garam masala.
  • Now switch off the IP, add lemon juice and chopped cilantro.
  • Dal Tadka is ready to be serve.

For second tempering:

  • In a tadka pan heat 2 tablespoon ghee.
  • Now add a pinch of asafetida, cumin seeds.
  • Next, add dried red chilies and sauté for another minute.
  • Switch of the heat and let oil cool down just a little bit to prevent cayenne powdere from burning.
  • Add red chili (cayenne) powder and cook for a few seconds.
  • Now pour the hot tadka over hot dal.
  • Mix thoroughly and serve hot with chapati or jeera rice.



Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 29mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 260mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 623IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 3mg