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Gujarati Khatti Meethi Dal - Instant Pot Sweet & Sour Lentils

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Dal soaking time (included in prep time) 20 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine India
Servings 4




  • Rinse the dal a few times and discard the water.
  • Soak the dal for 20 minutes in 1.5 cups water. Discard the water before cooking.
  • Wash and crush the serrano peppers and the chopped ginger in a motor and pestle.
  • Wash and chop the cilantro.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and fenugreek seeds.
  • When the mustard seeds begin to splutter, add curry leaves, whole dried red chili peppers, asafoetida, cloves, and the cinnamon stick.
  • Add the crushed ginger and serrano peppers.
  • Then add the dal and water. Stir
  • Add turmeric, peanuts, jaggery, kokum, and salt. Mix well. Make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot and scrape the bottom of the pot well.
  • Press cancel.
  • Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Open the lid. Mash the dal roughly with a potato masher or back of a ladle.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl immediately.
  • Garnish with cilantro.


  • Serve with steamed rice or roti.


  • This is the kokum that I used. I bought it in the Indian store. 
  • This recipe has been tried on a 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • Dal tends to thicken up if you refrigerate it overnight or if you reheat it. In that case add about 1/4 cup boiling water and stir.
  • Serrano peppers: I have added 2 serrano peppers and honestly the dal is not too spicy. The jaggery moderates the spice levels. 
  • Jaggery: I used powdered jaggery from the Indian store. Image shown here:
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