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Instant Pot Matki Dal – Moth Beans – Lentil Soup

This weeknight Instant Pot Matki Dal – Moth Beans – Lentil Soup makes the perfect lazy weeknight dinner. Spicy, and full of Indian flavor this versatile, savory dal is very easy to make. Made with moth beans, and everyday ingredients, this is an affordable meal!
Prep Time8 hrs
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time8 hrs 45 mins
Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Easy Instant Pot Dalia, Easy Lentil Soup, Instant Pot Lentil Soup, Instant Pot Matki Dal, Instant Pot Moth Bean, Instant Pot Moth Dal, Moth Bean Lentil, Moth Dal
Servings: 6





  • Rinse the moth beans. Soak the moth beans overnight in 2 cups water. Then drain the water and give the lentils another quick rinse with fresh, cold water and you're all set to cook.
  • Chop the onions, cilantro, serrano peppers and tomatoes finely.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal. Add oil and ghee. When the oil is hot add cumin seeds. When the seeds splutter, then add the asafoetida, onions, curry leaves, serrano peppers, and ginger garlic paste.
  • Let the onions turn golden. Keep stirring in order to prevent them from burning. Once the onions are golden, add in salt, ground turmeric, Kashmiri chili powder, garam masala, ground cumin, ground coriander, and tomatoes. Let the tomatoes saute for about 2 minutes.
  • Finally, add in moth beans and 2 cups water.
  • Close the lid and select manual/high pressure for 12 minutes. When done let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes. Then quick release the pressure.


  • On a scale of 1 to 5, in terms of spice levels, I would place it at 3.5 
  • If you cannot handle heat, I would recommend reducing the Serrano peppers.