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Instant Pot Mooli Dal - White Radish Lentil Soup

Let's get cooking this super easy and healthy lentil soup/dal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
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.
  • Chop the long radish into two halves. Wash and peel one half and dice it into 1.5 inch cubes. Save the other half for use next time.


  • 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 whole dried red chili peppers, serrano pepper, and asafoetida. Stir.
  • Then add the chopped white radish. Stir and let the radish sauté for roughly one minute.
  • Then add the ginger garlic paste.
  • Then add the lentils (dal) and water.
  • Add salt and ground turmeric.
  • 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 10 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Open the lid.
  • Transfer into a serving bowl and garnish with fresh cilantro.


  • Serve with steamed rice, roti or naan (Indian flatbread).
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