Start the instant pot in saute mode and drizzle a couple of teaspoons of oil.
As the oil heats up, add the mustard seeds, and after a few seconds add chopped or minced garlic and ginger.
½ teaspoon mustard seeds, 2 teaspoon Ginger garlic paste
Once the mustard seeds start to sizzle and garlic changes color, add onions, ginger, green chilies, and saute for 2 minutes.
1 onion chopped, 2 green chilies
Add tomatoes, spices(turmeric, coriander powder, chili powder) and stir them well.
1 tomato or use 1 tablespoon tomato paste, ½ teaspoon garam masala, ½ teaspoon red chili powder, ½ teaspoon coriander powder, ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
Follow it up with Toor dal (pigeon pea lentil) and three cups of water for cooking. Stir it all up.
1 cup pigeon pea lentil or Toor dal
Press ‘Cancel’ on the Instant Pot and close the lid with a vent in the sealing position.
Change the instant pot setting to ‘manual’ or ‘pressure cook’ mode at high pressure for 6 mins.
When the instant pot beeps, wait for natural pressure release. When the lid pin drops down open the instant pot lid.
Place a pan over medium flame and add a few teaspoons of oil. when oil heats up add cumin seeds and saute for 10 seconds. Then add Kasuri methi and hing (optional) and switch off the flame. Add this tadka to the dal.
½ teaspoon cumin seeds, ½ teaspoon Fenugreek leaves or Kasuri methi, 1 red chili
Garnish with cilantro, then serve with rice or roti.