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Panchmel dal is Indian dal prepared with five varieties of lentils or dals and is a great accompaniment for Indian flatbreads, rice
PANCHMEL DAL RECIPE (RAJASTHANI PANCHRATNA DAL)
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 

Panchmel dal is Indian dal prepared with five varieties of lentils or dals and is a great accompaniment for Indian flatbreads, rice

Course: Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: Indian, north indian
Keyword: dal recipes, easy, healthy, instant pot, lentils, panchmel dal, under 30 minutes, vegan
Servings: 2
Calories: 175 kcal
Author: bhavana
Ingredients
Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

EXTRA TEMPERING (optional):

Instructions

INSTANT POT METHOD:

  1. Wash and rinse the dal, keep aside. Press saute mode on Instant Pot. Add oil and once it's hot add cumin seeds. Let them crackle.Add chopped green chili, curry leaves and saute for 10 secs.



  2. Then add chopped onion ,grated ginger . Saute till onions turn light brown in color.




  3. Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turn soft ,takes 2-3 minutes.


  4. Then add rinsed lentils or dal ,turmeric powder, red chili powder ,coriander powder ,salt ,water and give a stir.Adjust spices at this stage.




  5. Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.Cancel Saute mode.


  6. Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and increase timer to 10 minutes. Once the pot beeps, let it release the pressure naturally(NPR) for 10 minutes (Wait until silver button on lid drops).




  7. Remove lid away from you, add cilantro and lemon juice. Also adjust consistency of the dal at this point.If its too dry , turn on SAUTE mode ,add some water and boil for 2 minutes.



  8. Panchmel dal is ready ,add extra tempering(tadka) and serve hot with boiled rice, quinoa or roti.

STOVE TOP METHOD:

  1. Combine all the 5 dals in equal proportion and soak in water for atleast  30 mins




  2. Pressure cook the dals adding 2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles.




  3. Heat oil or ghee in a kadai and add the cumin and let them splutter.




  4. Then add hing ,curry leaves ,grated ginger ,green chillies and saute for another 20 secs.


  5. Next add the onions and saute till onions turn light brown in color.




  6. Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turn soft ,takes 2-3 minutes.




  7. Add all the spice powders - turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and fry for a minute.




  8. Now add the cooked and mashed dal ,stir well.Add water to adjust consistency and salt to taste.

  9. Boil dal for 2-3 minutes on a medium-low flame.Finally, add the lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.




  10. Panchmel dal is ready and serve hot with boiled rice, quinoa or roti.




Recipe Notes

1.I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

2.Soak all the dals in water for at least 30 mins, helps to cook faster.

3. If your dal is watery, you can turn on the saute mode and cook for another 2-3 minute in the end.

4.For a variation ,you can also make this dal by skipping onion, ginger and tomatoes.

5.If one wants really soft mashed dal, 12-14 minutes manual/pressure cook (High Pressure) is probably the ideal setting in manual mode.But I like dals (lentils) to be little firm so I selected 10 minutes Manual/Pressure Cooker (high pressure) option.

 

 

 

Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.

Nutrition Facts
PANCHMEL DAL RECIPE (RAJASTHANI PANCHRATNA DAL)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175
% Daily Value*
Sodium 17.6mg1%
Potassium 400.9mg11%
Carbohydrates 24.9g8%
Fiber 4.4g18%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 0.8mg1%
Calcium 50mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.