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Instant Pot Dry Spinach and Lentil / Instant Pot Sookhi Palak Dal

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4




  • Wash the lentils a few times and discard the water. Make sure there is no residual water. 
  • Wash and finely chop the cilantro.
  • Finely chop the spinach. Get rid of the stalks that are separated out while chopping.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot add cumin seeds and mustard seeds.
  • When the seeds splutter, add asafoetida, whole dried red chili peppers, and stir.
  • Then add the finely chopped spinach. Stir and let the spinach sauté until it shrivels for roughly one minute.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste, red chili powder, ground coriander, and salt. Sauté for about 30 seconds and stir well.
  • Then add the lentils/dal and water.
  • Scrape off the sides and bottom to make sure nothing is stuck on the sides or bottom.
  • Press cancel. 
  • Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, let the pressure release naturally for 4 minutes and then quick release the pressure.
  • Open the lid. 
  • Add the lemon juice and stir.


  • Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro.
  • Serve with roti or naan (Indian flatbread).


  • 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.
  • Ground cayenne pepper and red chili powder can be used interchangeably as both of them make the dish spicy. So if you don’t have red chili powder you can use cayenne pepper instead.
  • This recipe is moderately spicy. On a scale of 1 to 5, I would place it at level 3.5 if you cook as is with the red chili powder and dried whole red chili peppers. 
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