Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal | Toor Dal and Rice

Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal is Indian comfort food made easy. Once you learn how to make rice and dal at the same time in your Instant Pot, putting together a nutritious dinner will be easy as—well as rice and dal!

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What Makes This Rice and Toor Dal Recipe So Great?

Ever wondered how to make rice and dal in a pressure cooker at the same time? Well, I’m about to show you.

I made this rice and toor dal in my Instant Pot the other day and said to Roger, as I was eating my fourth bowl in two days “Gah! I love this so much I could eat it every day!” and then I realized, I DID eat it every day growing up.

Unlike American meals where every day it’s something different, Indian meals have certain elements in common every day.

We always have rice, dal, chappati, a vegetable, usually a salad/cold vegetable, a chutney of sorts, and plain yogurt.

In this recipe, the toor dal is already made when done, with no extra steps required. Even more efficient! It also tastes different from a day fry so it’s a nice way to mix it up a bit. For this recipe, I used Toor Dal.

How To Make Rice And Dal Recipe In Your Pressure Cooker

Okay, I am going to show you each of the steps here so we know how to do this.

  1. First, you heat the Instant Pot. When it’s hot, add oil. When the oil is hot, add mustard and cumin seeds, ginger, garlic, and serrano.
  2. Then, you’re going to add the onions and tomatoes, and all the spices. You just want to let the spices bloom a little. You put them on top of the veggies so they don’t burn.
  3. Add the dal, and the water. I’m using split yellow pigeon peas here, or Toor dal, but you can do this with any type of split lentils.
  4. On top of that trivet, you’re going to put your rinsed rice, water to cook the rice, ghee, and salt. Notice I don’t cover the rice. You don’t need to. If you’re making some kind of cake or something that needs to be kept dry, that’s different. But for rice, I rarely cover it.

5. On top of that trivet, you’re going to put your rinsed rice, water to cook the rice, ghee, and salt. Notice I don’t cover the rice. You don’t need to. If you’re making some kind of cake or something that needs to be kept dry, that’s different. But for rice, I rarely cover it.

6. Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then release all remaining pressure.

7. Using little silicone mitts, carefully remove the rice, as well as the steamer rack.

8. Check the consistency of the dal. You want a thick mixture akin to porridge. Serve each bowl with rice and dal, and pass around some extra ghee or whatever you’re using as a substitute to pour over your piping hot and lovely rice and dal.

Love how easy it was to make this toor dal in your Instant Pot? Here’s a complete guide to making Instant Pot Beans and Lentils.

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Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal

Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal is Indian comfort food made easy. Once you learn how to make rice and dal at the same time in your Instant Pot, putting together a nutritious dinner will be easy as—well as dal and rice!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Course: Main Courses

Cuisine: Indian

Keyword: Instant Pot Rice and Dal, Pressure Cooker Rice and Dal, Rice and Dal

Servings: 6

Calories: 299kcal

Author: Urvashi Pitre

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Ingredients

For the Dal

For the rice

For Finishing

Instructions

  • In a 6 x 3 pan, add all ingredients of the rice, mix well, and set aside. (you can use a larger or smaller pan for the rice with impunity. It’s a pretty forgiving way to make perfect rice).

  • Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté (high heat setting). When the pot reads HOT, add ghee, or coconut oil/oil.

  • Once this oil starts to shimmer indicating that it is hot, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, and the chili if using, and stand back. These seeds will sputter like popcorn within 10-15 seconds.

  • Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 10 seconds.

  • Add onions, tomatoes, turmeric, and salt, and stir until well mixed.

  • Pour in toor dal and water and scrape well to ensure nothing has stuck to the bottom.

  • Place the tall steamer rack inside this liner (on top of the dal basically) 

  • Place the pan of rice on the steamer. It is not necessary to cover the rice.

  • Cook at high pressure for 10 minutes, and allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then release all remaining pressure.

  • Using little silicone mitts, carefully remove the rice, as well as the steamer rack.

  • Check the consistency of the dal. You want a thick mixture akin to porridge.

  • Serve each bowl with rice and dal, and pass around some extra ghee or whatever you’re using as a substitute to pour over your piping hot and lovely rice and dal.

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Nutrition

Calories: 299kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 5g | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 4g

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Originally published November 21, 2017

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