Pressure Cooker Dal

A fried recommended this recipe, which is an adaptation of a Smitten Kitchen recipe. Super easy and delicious! I would definitely make this again as a weeknight meal.

2 Tbsp coconut or olive oil
1 large onion (red or yellow), chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground turmeric
1/4 tsp dried cayenne pepper
1.5 cups of red lentils or yellow split peas (or a combination of both) – I used red lentils
3 cups water
1/2 tsp salt
1 large tomato, cut into 6-8 wedges
several big handfuls of spinach (about 4 cups)
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
2 tsp butter (optional – this gives a richer flavor, but leave it out to keep it lighter/vegan)

Add the coconut or olive oil to the pressure cooker to cook over medium heat (press the ‘Saute’ button to begin cooking at medium saute heat). When the oil is hot, add the chopped onions and cook until they soften and become translucent. Stir in the garlic, and cook for another minute until fragrant. Turn off the heat (hit the ‘Cancel’ button), then add the cumin, coriander, turmeric and cayenne and mix well to combine.

Add the lentils, water, salt and tomato wedges and stir into the onion mixture. Cover the Instant Pot with the lid, and be sure that the valve is in sealed position. Press the ‘Manual’ button and adjust cooking time to 10 minutes. After the program is finished, press ‘Cancel’ to turn off warming mode, and wait 10 minutes before opening the valve to release pressure.

Remove and discard the tomato skins, and whisk together the lentils to emulsify, smashing the tomato wedges against the side of the pot if needed. Add the spinach, along with cilantro and/or butter if desired, and stir to combine. The residual heat will wilt the spinach quickly.


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