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Dal fry in a blue bowl with rice, onions and a curry leaf garnish with a silver spoon to the side.

Easy Dal Fry With Dhaba Style Trick (Instant Pot, Stove Top, Pressure Cooker)

Shilpa Joshi
Easy dal fry with dhaba style trick/option.  Make it in an Instant Pot, pressure cooker or stovetop. It is a thick, hearty dal that is tempered / has tadka with big, delicious flavors of garlic, onions, tomatoes and spices. Serve it with some jeera rice and you are set for dinner!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings
Calories 152 kcal


  • Instant Pot or
  • Pressure cooker or
  • Pot


  • 1 cup toor dal 180g
  • 3-4 cloves garlic 15g crushed
  • 1 tbsp ginger crushed
  • ¼ cup onions chopped, 50g
  • ¼ cup crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp cumin coriander blend dhana jeeru 1/2 cumin powder, 1/2 coriander powder
  • ½ tsp red chilli powder lal mirch
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • ¼ tsp turmeric


  • 2 tsp ghee or oil
  • ½ tsp mustard seeds
  • ½ tsp asafatida hing
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 3 pieces cloves
  • 3-4 cinnamon sticks
  • ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds


Instant Pot

  • Press Saute. Add oil and let warm up 3-4 minutes. Add mustard seeds. Let sizzle. Add asafetida. Add cumin seeds, fenugreek seeds. Then cloves and broken cinnamon sticks.
    2 tsp ghee or oil, ½ tsp mustard seeds, ½ tsp asafatida, ½ tsp cumin seeds, 3 pieces cloves, 3-4 cinnamon sticks, ¼ tsp fenugreek seeds
    Spices in oil in Instant Pot.
  • Add garlic, onions then ginger.
    Garlic and onions added to ghee in Instant pot.
  • Add curry leaves.
    Ginger and curry leaves added to Instant Pot.
  • Add dal and spices.
    Crushed tomatoes and spices added to Instant Pot.
  • Add water
    Water added to dal fry blend.
  • Press Pressure Cook and increase time to 8 minutes. Let cook then do manual release.
    Instant Pot
  • Dal is ready
    Dal fry ready in pot.
  • Serve with rice and onions. Optionally top with cilantro.
    Dal fry in a blue bowl with rice, onions and a curry leaf garnish with a silver spoon to the side.

Pressure Cooker


    Dal fry tastes great with jeera rice


    Calories: 152kcalCarbohydrates: 29gProtein: 9gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 1gSodium: 635mgPotassium: 107mgFiber: 9gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 45IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 2mg
    Keyword 30 minute meal, dal fry, easy indian dinner, instant pot dal, toor dal
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