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Instant Pot Toor Dal / Split Pigeon Peas

A warm and comforting bowl of Instant Pot Toor Dal or Split Pigeon Peas topped with tadka or a tempering of Indian spices. It's perfect with a Basmati rice, papad, and achaar.

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings: 5 servings


for Toor Dal / Split Pigeon Peas

  • 1 1/2 cups toor dal / split pigeon peas
  • 4 1/2 cups water you can add more later
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp salt

for the tadka / tempering

  • 3 tbsp avocado oil you can use less oil, try 2 tbsp
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/8 tsp hing
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 1/2 tsp ajwain / carom seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 4 dry red chilies, split in half
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp amchoor / mango powder

for garnish

  • 1/2 tsp salt, if need be
  • 1/2 tsp amchoor / mango powder
  • small handful fresh cilantro leaves, chopped


for the Dal / Lentils

  • Soak split piegon pea lentils in warm water for 15 minutes.
  • Combine the toor dal ingredients... lentils, water, turmeric powder, and 1/2 tsp salt in the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to High Pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once done.

for the tadka / tempering

  • Set aside all the spices.
  • Heat up a small pot, add oil once hot, once the oil is hot, add all the spices and temper for about 30-45 seconds.
  • Pour the tadka over the dal. Mix well.


  • Add salt if need be, mango powder, and fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Serve with brown rice, white rice, or quinoa. I also love it with a side of papar, achaar, and yogurt.




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