Quick Spicy & Easy Dahl Lentil Recipe In An Electric Cooker

Updated on 
2 March, 2023

Going vegan is becoming a trending choice amongst most people in the western world. In many parts of the world, being vegan is absolutely the only way of life people know.

The benefits of vegan are far and wide, and in this recipe today we will be making a very tasty, vegan-friendly meal, on a budget!

Quick Spicy & Easy Dahl Lentil Recipe In An Electric Cooker

Here I am using a Tefal Turbo Cuisine Electric Pressure Cooker & Air Fryer (purchased from Very).

For this recipe, I will be using the "stew" function on this cooker, however, you can easily make this same recipe using a regular pressure cooker, or even a slow cooker (may need tweaking and experimenting depending on your cooker of choice).


  • 2 cups toor dahl (split pigeon peas)
  • 1/2 cup chana dahl (split chickpea lentils)
  • 1/2 cup masoor dahl (Orange lentils & Pink lentils)
  • 1/2 cup arud dahl (Black lentil)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1" stick of cinnamon
  • 3 clove buds
  • 1 green chili (about an inch long) grated/chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 1" stem of ginger, peeled and grated/chopped finely
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3-4 neem leaves
  • 2 cardamonn pods
  • 1 large onion - finely chopped
  • 1 cups (250ml) of chopped tomato / passata - blended to a paste (to avoid chunky tomatos in the dahl)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2.5 tsp salt
  • 1.5 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1tsp coriander powder
  • 1/5 tsp garam masala
  • Half a lemon (optional)
  • Chopped coriander (optional)

You can always mix and match with lentils. Sure, some cook a little faster, but I like the inconsistencies which come with them - adds a surprise to the dish!


The Cooking Method

  • Wash the dahls 3-4 times to remove starch and then leave them to soak while we get on with the rest.
washing the dahl
  • Heat the olive oil in the pan and then add cumin seeds when hot
  • When the cumin seeds come to a sizzle, add in the remaining dry spices
  • Then add in the garlic and green chili - saute until the garlic becomes slightly brown
  • Add in the onion and mix well
  • Once the onions become translucent - in around 4-6 minutes, then add in the ginger
  • Let the ginger cook for a 20-30 seconds and then add in the tomatos
  • Let the tomatoes cook for a 2-3 minutes and then add in the dry spices (salt, turmeric, chili, coriander and garam masala powder)
  • Give all of that a good mix and let the flavours get to know one another for a minute or two
  • Now rinse any water left in the dahl and add it into the pot - give it a good mix
  • Then add in 700ml of water (or veggie stock if you like but this gives the dahl a less authentic flavour) and stir it all one last time.
  • Now cover and cook. I left mine on the stew mode - you can leave it on high if using a slow cooker or a medium heat on a pressure cooker (adjust per your model). Leave it to cook for around 30 minutes.
  • When finished, it should have a thick "stewy" consistency and dahls should be soft to the touch/bite.
  • Squeeze some fresh lemon over it and top with fresh chopped coriander (optional)

Serve with some basmati rice or naan bread.

One more time for the money shot 🙂

Quick Spicy & Easy Dahl Lentil Recipe In An Electric Cooker

One thing's for sure, I will also be using the air fryer part of the cooker too! I love air fryers because you end up with the "crispiness" of the frying without any of the soggy grease and syns from deep frying.

Here are some air fryers for you to choose from over at Very.co.uk.

Let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below!

Jennifer is a certified nutritionist and weight loss coach with a Master's in Nutrition from Cambridge. With over 10 years experience, she shares healthy recipes and science-backed slimming tips on SheCooksSheEats to help people reach their wellness goals. Jennifer stays up-to-date by regularly attending conferences and continuing her nutrition education. She aims to provide research-backed advice to inspire balanced, happy living.
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