Easy Instant Pot Green Moong Dal


This moong dal recipe for the Instant Pot is a delicious and traditional vegan lentil curry soup. It is hearty, high in protein, and very simple to make with this method.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, diced

  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic

  • ½ tablespoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup moong dal (split husked mung beans)

  • 1 teaspoon coriander

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 pinch ground turmeric

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot) and select Sauté function. Heat olive oil; add onion, garlic, ginger, and cumin. Cook until tender, about 2 minutes.

  2. Combine water, moong dal lentils, coriander, salt, garam masala, cayenne pepper, and turmeric in the pot. Close and lock the lid. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 15 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove lid. Stir in lemon juice and cilantro.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
5g Fat
33g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Sodium 596mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Dietary Fiber 8g 30%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 5mg 25%
Calcium 49mg 4%
Iron 4mg 19%
Potassium 478mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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