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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


  • Pressure cooker


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


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
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