Cooking beans , lentils , dals is so easy and mess free with insta pot. Cooked mung dal for 15 minutes and then seasoned with spices on sauté mode.
Add big chunks of cauliflower, turn off insta pot and put lid on. Cauliflower will cook in steam, residual heat.
After 10 minutes garnish with cilantro leaves, add some lemon juice.
Have with quinoa, brown rice , jasmine rice. You can use your rice cooker for it and dinner will be ready in no time.
Dal dhokli is another good candidate for Insta pot. You can make in just 1 pot and it’s easy. There are many videos and recipes for this online. I used 1 cup mung dal with skin , 1 tbsp Chana dal. Both soaked for 15 minutes. And it cooked in 12 minutes with natural release. Looks like you can use any dal combination but if your dal is gonna take longer to cook then first cook dal and then add dhokli. Dhokli will cook just in few minutes. Here’s few ideas for open minded ppl.
- If you are not Indian, and want to try this recipe but don’t want to make dhokli…take lasagna sheet, break it in 1 inch pieces and cook it in dal. Very innovative, isn’t it?
You can use any other pasta but not cheese filled. You can but I don’t know how that would taste.
Dals are rich in protein , fiber and with insta pot they are so easy to cook. You don’t need to be Indian or have to follow Indian recipes, come up with your own.
Generally we add ginger ,garlic , tomatoes or lemon juice in dals to make it easy to digest.
Also this will be good for ppl with sugar problem since no extra sugar and more fiber.
Dhanshak and insta pot seems to be match made in heaven . It really cooks in 1 pot and 1 shot. Check my previous dhanshak post; Parsi Dhanshak
Today I made jasmin rice to go with it. Sprinkled some flax seed meal on top after plating .
Left over is good for work lunch with some boiled quinoa.
Another 1 pot meal , soup just like Parsi Dhanshak but it taste different . This 1 pot meals I think will be good for diabetic ppl too. It has dal so protein and all vegetables with fiber. Saibhaji has just Chana dal and vegetables like spinach, methi , onion,tomatoes,bottle gourd, pumpkin , eggplant, potato which I skipped. I think this two dish were supposed to have all 6 taste.
Basically you cook everything together and season with some garlic tadka. You can eat like soup or your choice. You can throw some quinoa into it too. Be creative .
Here’s the step by step recipe that I followed:
Do you love 1 pot meal? Do you love to cook in insta pot ?Are you lazy ? Are you health nut ? You got the idea hopefully. This is a wonderful one pot , simple , healthy meal that fits in today’s life style and what justlunchideas is abt.
This dish is made of few dals mainly tuvar dal and other dals you like ,cooked with vegetables like potatoes, bottle gourd, pumpkin, egg plant .
You can buy dhanshak masala at Indian store. I bought badshah masala and it has recipe on the back. Just follow that and you can customize it the way you like.
You can eat like soup or with rice. It’s very tasty. Must try I would say.
It’s good for kids , adults who don’t like vegetables since it’s all messed up, you don’t see it. out of sight, out of mind.