Dal with Split Peas (pressure cooker)

Bought yellow split mung bean/split peas, thinking to make some sweet dessert (tau suan) or ang ku kueh (kueh is a malay/indonesian word for cake) with it but so so lazy ? so kept it for quite some time in the storage drawer. But recently, I am more aware of the food i eat. Try to reduce sugary food/dessert or sweet treats and finally decided to make this dal. High in protein, and i guess it is much healthier than sweet kue/desserts i originally planned to make 🙂 very fast and easy to make and tastes really yummy too!

Recipe is taken from: https://www.platingsandpairings.com/instant-pot-dal/


  1. 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  2. 1 pcs onion chopped
  3. 3 cloves garlic, finely grated/minced
  4. 1-2 inches fresh ginger, peel and finely grated (about 2 tbsp)
  5. 2 teaspoons ground corriander
  6. 1 teaspoon ground tumeric
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cummin
  8. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper/more if you can take the heat
  9. 1.5 cups yellow dried split peas
  10. 3 cups water
  11. 2 pcs tomatoes, chopped
  12. To taste Salt
  13. To taste chicken powder (omit this if you are vegetarian)
  14. for serving:
  15. 1/4 cup freah cilantro chopped + extra for garnish
  16. 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  17. To taste kosher salt and black pepper


  1. Wash the split peas few times, set aside

  2. Using pressure cooker: add vegetable oil, stir fry onions and a pinch of salt and sauté until softened, 5-7 minutes.

  3. Stir in garlic, ginger, coriander, turmeric, cumin, and cayenne and cook for another minute until fragrant.

  4. Add split peas, water, tomatoes, salt and stir to combine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pressure cooker.

  5. Cover and seal the lid. Cook it for 10 minutes

  6. Once the 10 minutes are up, allow the pressure to release naturally

  7. Open the lid, stir in the cilantro (i didn’t have cilantro at that moment so i didn’t use it) and season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

  8. Serve with basmati rice, or wrap (add chicken,spinach and use the dal for the spread. Super yummy!)

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