Wash and soak the dal with the water.
Set the instant pot at saute mode ( or saute in the pressure cooker)
Add the oil, cuin seeds and nigella ( kalonji) seeds
As the cumin seeds splutter, add the red chillies, the chopped onions, garlic and ginger and let them saute.
When the onions turn translucent, add the soaked dal with the water.
turn the cooking mode to pressure cook for 15 minutes, cover and cook.
Let the pressure release naturally.
Once the pressure is released, open the pressure pan and mash the dal.
The dal is now ready to serve.