Go Back
+ servings

Dal bhat

Nepali style home lunch, Dal bhat tarkari is a vegan, nut-free, gluten-free platter.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
soaking time. 30 mins
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine Asian, gluten free, instant pot, Pressure cooker, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter
Servings 4 platters

Equipment

  • Pressure cooker

Ingredients
  

For the dal

  • 1 cup Moong dal lentils
  • 3 cups drinking water
  • 1 tsp cooking oil Any neutral oil works here.
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp Nigella seeds
  • 1-2 dry red chillies
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped fine
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ginger root
  • 2 cloves garlic

For the bhat ( steamed rice)

  • 1 cup Raw rice I have used basmati
  • 2 cups drinking water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

For dal

  • Wash and soak the dal with the water.
    moong dal
  • 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.
  • Add salt.
  • 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.
    moong dal

For bhat

  • Wash and soak the rice with 2 cups of water.
  • After 10 minutes, cook the rice with the same water and salt.
  • You can pressure cook it or set the instant pot to cook the rice.
  • Let the pressure release naturally and then open and fluff the rice.

To assemble the platter.

  • Scoop the dal into a bowl.
  • place the rice in another bowl and gently press it into the bowl.
  • Now invert the bowl onto one side of the plate and tap gently to release the rice.
  • Place the dal bowl on another side of the platter.
  • Place the tarkari and achar on the plate and the meal is ready to serve.
    Nepali dal bhat platter
Keyword easy soup recipes, Lunch recipes, Winter warmers
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!