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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
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Panchmel Dal(Rajasthani Panchratna Dal)

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 recipe, dal recipes, Easy and Quick Recipes, Entrees, healthy, High Protein, Indian Vegetarian Curry Recipes, instant pot, Lentils & Beans, one pot, pancharatna dal recipe, panchmel dal, Pressure Cooking, Vegetarian One-Pot Meals
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 175kcal
Author bhavana

Equipment

  • Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT

Ingredients

Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250 ml

EXTRA TEMPERING (optional):

Instructions

INSTANT POT METHOD:

  • 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.

STOVE TOP METHOD:

  • Combine all the 5 dals in equal proportion and soak in water for atleast  30 mins
  • Pressure cook the dals adding 2 cups of water for 4-5 whistles.
  • Heat oil or ghee in a kadai and add the cumin and let them splutter.
  • Then add hing ,curry leaves ,grated ginger ,green chillies and saute for another 20 secs.


  • Next add the onions and saute till onions turn light brown in color.
  • Add tomatoes and cook till tomatoes turn soft ,takes 2-3 minutes.
  • Add all the spice powders - turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and fry for a minute.
  • Now add the cooked and mashed dal ,stir well.Add water to adjust consistency and salt to taste.
  • Boil dal for 2-3 minutes on a medium-low flame.Finally, add the lemon juice and chopped coriander leaves.
  • Panchmel dal is ready and serve hot with boiled rice, quinoa or roti.

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

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 24.9g | Protein: 9g | Sodium: 17.6mg | Potassium: 400.9mg | Fiber: 4.4g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.8mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1.4mg