You can make lentil dahl (also called dhal or dal) in the Instant Pot. This recipe spices it up using a green curry paste, which makes the recipe super quick and easy to start. Because this is an instant pot recipe, it also means that you can walk away and work on other things while your meal comes together.
The green curry paste is a spicy one, but you can tone it down for the family if you want by using either red or yellow curry paste instead. These curry pastes are easy to find in most grocery stores, but if you have any issues you can check out an international or specialized grocery store or go online (Green, Yellow, Red curry pastes on Amazon - affiliate links). If you are new to using lentils, this article is useful about rinsing them.
And yes, we are not using naan bread or roti in the photos - it's just a toasted pita bread. It's what we had at the time! And that's the key to this way of eating: it doesn't need to be perfect. Use what you have and go with it! It usually tastes good regardless.
Spicy vegan green curry lentil dahl
- Add all ingredients to the Instant Pot, and secure the lid in place and close the steam vent.
- Set the Instant Pot to cook for 15 minutes on high pressure at manual. Once finished cooking, let the steam naturally release for about 10 minutes, and then quick release the remaining pressure.
- Serve with vegan naan breads, rice, or vegetables.
Serving the Dahl
We often add other elements into the Instant Pot while the dahl is cooking, but you can also add vegetables afterwards too. Some of the things we have done:
Added cauliflower, carrots, or squash into the Instant Pot. We just cube up the squash or carrots, or cut the cauliflower into florets and throw it in. You might also want to try sweet potato or small cubed potato. This will adjust the texture a bit, but it's more of a meal.
Mix in steamed vegetables afterwards, such as the cauliflower. Or even raw diced up snap peas or similar can be good.
Serve over steamed rice and greens such as kale, allowing the dahl and steamed rice to semi-cook the greens underneath.
What else have you tried or done? Let us know in the comments!