Curried Lentils with Dates & Caramelized Onions

Preparation info
  • Makes:

    4 to 6

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      45 min

Appears in
Instant Pot Asian Pressure Cooker Meals: Fast, Fresh & Affordable

By Patricia Tanumihardja

Published 2020

  • About

This dish is my riff on masoor dal made with split red lentils, a favorite of mine. But you can use other types of lentils or split peas. Dals are ofte n topped with a tadka (or tarka), a finishing flourish of ghee and spices. It’s not authentic, but I’ve chosen to use spiced caramelized onions as a topping instead.


  • 1 cup (200 g) red lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • ¼ cup pitted dates, chopp


  1. Combine the lentils, dates, garlic, ginger and water in the Instant Pot®. Stir in the urmeric, cumin and salt.
  2. Lock the lid. Select PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL and set to HIGH for 6 minutes. Make sure the steam release valve is sealed. Once pressurized (10 to 12 minutes), the cook cycle will start. When the timer beeps, let the pressure release naturally (20 m