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.
Then add chopped onion ,grated ginger . Saute till onions turn light brown in color.
Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turn soft ,takes 2-3 minutes.
Then add rinsed lentils or dal ,turmeric powder, red chili powder ,coriander powder ,salt ,water and give a stir.Adjust spices at this stage.
Close the lid on the pot, and turn pressure valve to SEALING position.
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
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.
Panchmel dal is ready ,add extra tempering(tadka) and serve hot with boiled rice, quinoa or roti.