Garlic Dill Lentils – Instant Pot

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Garlic Dill Lentils – A delicious lentil dish cooked with fresh dill, garlic and green chilies.

I grew up not enjoying certain vegetables and Dill was high up on that list. I grew up in a family where we were expected to eat whatever was served for our main meals uncomplainingly. Which probably is the reason that I now truly appreciate the unique flavors and textures of so many different vegetables and fruits.

garlic dill lentils

After I had left home and gotten married my mom reintroduced me to Dill again and this time I LOVED it. I appreciated the flavors so much more that it then became a repeat dish in my kitchen. My boys grew up eating this and never once complained the way I would as a child. And that makes so happy and proud.  Life is so much easier when the whole family enjoys the same meal.

garlic dill lentils

This garlic dill lentils recipe is probably a variation of the authentic maharashtrian dill curry. We love the flavors with lots of garlic and the creaminess of this well cooked, blended lentils along with the chickpea flour.


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garlic dill lentils
Garlic Dill Lentils
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins

A delicious lentil dish cooked with fresh dill, garlic and green chillies.

Course: Main Course, Side Dish, Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 3
Calories: 200 kcal
Author: Archana
  • 1 tablespoon ghee or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/8 teaspoon hing{asafetida} optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 green chillies sliced into half, 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 10 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 cup split red lentils/masoor daal or mung daal rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups chopped dill leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon chickpea flour/besan mixed in 1/4 cup of water
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays add ghee or oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add hing, turmeric, green chilies, garlic and curry leaves. Mix well and cook for a minute. Take out most of this tempering in a bowl and reserve.

  2. Add lentils and chopped dill to the Instant Pot. Mix well. Add 3 cups of water and salt. Mix again deglazing the pot to make sure the lentils are not sticking to the pot.

  3. Close Instant Pot with pressure value to sealing. Set to manual/pressure cook(hi) 4 minutes. Carefully Quick Release after the cooking cycle completes.

  4. Open Instant Pot and mix with an immersion blender.
  5. Set Instant Pot to saute mode. Stir in chickpea flour mixed in water and half of the reserved tempering.
  6. Mix well and bring to a gentle boil.
  7. Serve hot topped with remaining tempering and steamed rice.
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Dill Lentils
Amount Per Serving
Calories 200
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


In addition to this Garlic Dill Lentils are few other lentil recipes you will enjoy:

12 thoughts on “Garlic Dill Lentils – Instant Pot

    1. Hi Monali, Good catch, Thank you! I missed it in my instructions. Garlic is part of the initial tempering and added with green chilies and curry leaves. Fixed the instructions.

  1. Archana, I made this last week. It was my first time using dill too. Came out well, and will now be added to my rotation for daals!

  2. Hi archana, this is a great recipe I am going to try it tomorrow. You said we can use moong dal , is that the yellow one ? Thanks

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