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Spinach Daal - Instant Pot
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Spinach Daal - Instant Pot

Spinach Daal - A staple in Indian homes, daal is a healthy lentil dish made in ghee with healthy and wholesome ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, and spinach.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 259kcal


  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 green chilies slit into half
  • 2 tablespoon garlic chopped
  • 8 curry leaves optional
  • 2 plum tomatoes diced
  • 1 cup lentils split and skinned green gram or split red lentils or yellow pigeon peas
  • 2 cups spinach rough chopped
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 cups of water


  • Turn Instant Pot on. Once the "hot" sign displays, add ghee. Add cumin and cook for 30 seconds. Add turmeric, green chilies, garlic, and curry leaves. Mix well.
  • Add tomatoes, lentils, salt, and 2 cups of water. Give a quick stir.
  • Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Set Instant Pot to Manual(HI) for 15 mins. Allow Natural pressure release or do Quick Release, after, about 5 mins of NPR.
  • Add more water, about 2 cups, to bring the lentils to desired consistency. Blend the daal using an immersion blender. Add chopped spinach and mix well. Cook on Sauté mode until the daal come to a gentle boil. Turn IP off. Add more water if required. Adjust salt to taste.
  • Serve hot with steamed basmati rice.



Everyone has a different consistency they like for the daal. I usually put about 4-5 cups of water for 1 cup of lentils.
Cook Time for this recipe can also be reduced to 8 minutes!


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1268mg | Potassium: 640mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1760IU | Vitamin C: 54.5mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 4.6mg
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