Instant Pot Masoor Dal Pulao | Masoor Biryani Recipe

Masoor Dal Pulao - Masoor Dal Biryani Instant Pot

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This Masoor Dal Pulao is an excellent plant-based one-pot dish for those who are looking for vegan and gluten-free rice dishes. Here, red lentils have been cooked with some basmati rice and veggies to give you a wholesome meatless rice meal. To make life easier, I am sharing the masoor pulao recipe – the instant pot version.

Once you try this, you will keep making this red lentil rice recipe again and again on busy weeknights. And if you are like me, you are going to love this masoor pulao because this is one of those dishes where you can stuff in as many veggies as you want for nobody complains.

masoor pulao recipe

Why you will love this Masoor Pilaf recipe?

  • Easy One-Pot Meal. All you have to do is dump and go. That’s it. Everything get’s cooked together and gives you a delicious whole some meal
  • The Goodness of Red Lentils. Masoor dal or red lentils are protein powerhouse. So, if you are looking for ways to include plant-based protein recipes in your meal, then this one is going to come handy.
  • 100% Versatile. There is no rule forbidding to make this masoor biryani even more nutritious. So, drop a bunch of veggies and there you have a perfect dish with carbs, proteins and vitamins & minerals, all neatly packed into one.

How to make this Masoor Dal Pulao in an Instant Pot – Ingredients list

  • Basmati Rice
  • Red Lentils or Masoor Dal ( chilka or hulled)
  • Mustard Oil – alternates would be EVOO, Sunflower Oil, Groundnut Oil
  • Ghee – omit if vegan
  • Bay Leaf
  • Onion, Ginger & Garlic
  • Chopped Veggies like Carrots, Beans, Peas, etc.
  • Powdered Spices like Red Chilli Powder, Turmeric Powder
  • Salt

Step-by-step instructions on how to make this Masoor Pulao using an Instant Pot

  • Plugin the Instant Pot or Nutricook Smart Pot and switch it on. Select the SAUTE MODE and you will see the timer showing 30 mins on the screen. Select the START button. The stainless steel pot inside will slowly heat up and get ready for cooking
  • Pour some Mustard Oil and add some Ghee to it. Let it warm up nicely before adding the Bay Leaf, chopped Garlic and sliced Onion. Let it saute till they turn golden
  • Now, add the chopped veggies and give it a stir.
  • Now add the washed and drained masoor dal and rice. Give it a mix.
  • They add the grated Ginger, Salt, Turmeric Powder and Red Chilli Powder. Give it a mix
  • Add Water according to the Rice. For every cup of Rice + Lentils, add 2 cups of Water. Give everything a good mix
  • Place the Instant Pot lid on and switch the pressure release valve to SEALING Mode
  • Now, press CANCEL and then click Biryani mode. Set the timer at 10 mins and press START
  • Once the cooking is done, the pot will ring a tune. Using a handle of the ladle, switch the Valve to VENTING Mode and release the steam. Be very careful as it will be hot and cause burns
  • Use a Fork to fluff the rice and release the trapped steam in the rice. This would help up loosen the rice in the Pulao
  • Serve hot with some Yoghurt Raita

Equipments in use

 Nutricook Smart Pot Eko

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Instant Pot Masoor Dal Pulao | Masoor Biryani Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

This Masoor Dal Pulao is an excellent plant-based one-pot dish for those who are looking for vegan and gluten-free rice dishes. Here, red lentils have been cooked with some basmati rice and veggies to give you a wholesome meatless rice meal. To make life easier, I am sharing the masoor pulao recipe – the instant pot version.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Gluten Free Recipes, Masoor Dal Recipes, Pulao Recipes, Rice Dishes, Veg Pulao Recipe
Servings: 2 people
Author: Priyanka
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup Basmati Rice
  • ¼ cup Red Lentils or Masoor Dal chilka or hulled
  • 2 tbsp Mustard Oil
  • 1 tbsp Ghee
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 5-6 Cloves of Garlic
  • ½ cup Chopped Veggies like Carrots, Beans, Peas, etc.
  • ½ tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
  • Salt to Taste
Instructions
  1. Plugin the Instant Pot or Nutricook Smart Pot and switch it on. Select the SAUTE MODE and you will see the timer showing 30 mins on the screen. Select the START button. The stainless steel pot inside will slowly heat up and get ready for cooking
  2. Pour some Mustard Oil and add some Ghee to it. Let it warm up nicely before adding the Bay Leaf, chopped Garlic and sliced Onion. Let it saute till they turn golden
  3. Now, add the chopped veggies and give it a stir.
  4. Now add the washed and drained masoor dal and rice. Give it a mix.
  5. They add the grated Ginger, Salt, Turmeric Powder and Red Chilli Powder. Give it a mix
  6. Add Water according to the Rice. For every cup of Rice + Lentils, add 2 cups of Water. Give everything a good mix
  7. Place the Instant Pot lid on and switch the pressure release valve to SEALING Mode
  8. Now, press CANCEL and then click Biryani mode. Set the timer at 10 mins and press START
  9. Once the cooking is done, the pot will ring a tune. Using a handle of the ladle, switch the Valve to VENTING Mode and release the steam. Be very careful as it will be hot and cause burns
  10. Use a Fork to fluff the rice and release the trapped steam in the rice. This would help up loosen the rice in the Pulao
  11. Serve hot with some Yoghurt Raita

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