Learn how to make Pumpkin Dal | Pressure Cooker Pumpkin Dal Recipe
Gluten-free, Vegan Pumpkin Dal recipe with hint of sweet and tangy flavours, cooked in Instant Pot /Pressure Cooker
Filling and comforting Pumpkin Dal cooked with Toor/Arhar Dal( Split Pigeon Pea Lentil) in Indian flavours, served with rice or roti for a weekday meal.
It is the season of pumpkins, there is a nip in air and all one craves for are warm fresh and wholesome. Fall /Autumn is the best time to enjoy the fresh produce of Pumpkins. Also,sneak pumpkin in dal and serve with rice to rice to fussy kids.
Staple Indian meals in majority of homes consists of Dal and Rice. These are so many versions of Dal recipes in every home, region and culture. Dals are filling, rich source of protein for non-meat eaters.
Pumpkin Dal with Rice is one such complete meal that you can serve to your kids.
Some of the easy to make Dal recipes from the blog that you can make for weekday meal and serve with steamed rice.
Dal Tadka( with Split Pegion Peas),
Dhuli Masoor Dal / Red Lentils
Maa Chane di Dal( Split Chickpea, Red Lentils and Split Black Gram Mixed Dal),
Sookhi Urad Dal( Dry Split Black Gram Lentils),
Rajasthani Panchratna Dal(with 5 different lentils)
Dals /Lentil recipes with veggies-
Ingredients for Pumpkin Dal
Lentil- To make Pumpkin Dal I have used Toor /Arhar Dal (Split Pigeon Pea Lentils). You can also make this dal with Chana Dal(Split Chickpea Lentils), Red Lentils or a mix of these lentils with Arhar dal.
Pumpkin- I used green pumpkin with soft peel and flesh. Not the one with lots of seeds. You can peel off the peel if the peel is hard and you don't like it. Also, you can use any soft variety of pumpkin, squash with lentils to make the curry. MAke sure to take out all the seeds before cooking.
Others- Ginger, Garlic, Onions and Tomatoes, Green Chillies(optional).
Spices- Add to a warm flavour to dal making it perfect for cold chilly days . Bay Leaf, cloves, peppercorns, cumin seeds and garam masala powder.
Also, I like to add a bit of jaggery and tamarind water to this dal for a hint of sweet and tangy flavour. This is totally optional and you can skip these ingredients if you want.
Detailed Ingredients with amount to be used in Recipe Card
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Pumpkin Dal in Instant Pot
It's a one pot dish when you make it in Instant Pot. Ready in just 10 minutes. No more counting of whistles, or long standing to watch over the cooking or dal spilling on gas stove. IP makes the cook fuss free.
I have IP Ultra 8 qt. but you can cook this dal in any model. Pressure cooking timing remains the same. Though it may change if you cook the recipe with any other above mentioned lentils.
Pumpkin Dal in Indian Style Pressure Cooker
We can go the traditional dal making way to cook this in Indian Style pressure cookers. You can follow the same steps to make masala for dal and cook dal together , one pot meals kind. Or, follow the traditional way of cooking dal and pumpkin together in pressure cooker and make onion tomato masala separately then mixing it with dal and veggie.
Tempering the dal before serving adds on to flavour and aroma. But this is totally optional.
- 1 Cup Toor Dal/Split Pigeon Peas
- 1.5 Cups Pumpkin cut in cubes
- 1 medium Onions
- 1 medium Tomato
- 3-4 Garlic Cloves
- small Fresh Ginger
- 1-2 Green Chillies optional
- 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
- ½ tsp Turmeric Powder
- 1 tsp Garam Masala
- 1 tsp Tamarind Pulp optional
- ¼-½ tsp Jaggery Powder or Sugar
- 2 tsp Oil
- Wash dal for 2-3 times in water. Soak for about 15-20 mins.
- Pumpkin should be cut in cubes. Peeled and deseeded. I did not peel as the peel was soft.
- Finely chop onions, tomatoes , ginger, garlic and green chillies(if using). Use can also use store bought ginger garlic paste ( 1-2 tsp)
Instant Pot Pumpkin Dal
- Switch on the Instant Pot on SAUTE MODE for 10 mins.
- Add oil, chopped ginger garlic and green chillies. Saute for a min.
- Add bay leaf, cloves and peppercorns.
- Then add chopped onions, saute till light brown.
- Next add chopped tomato, and cook till it is soft.
- Add turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt.
- Drain water from dal , add pumpkin cubes and mix.
- Add water about 2 cups.
- Cancel the SAUTE MODE, close the lid. Set the PRESSURE COOK Mode on.
- Set the cook time to 12 mins.
- Once done, do the QPR after 5 mins. Check the consistency of dal.
- Add tamarind water and jaggery powder(if you are using in recipe).
- Cook for another 5 mins on SAUTE MODE if required.
- Serve hot with dal or chapatis.
For Tadka(just before serving)-OPTIONAL
- Heat ghee/oil in a pan, add cumin seeds, red chilli powder and add to dal.
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We love to add pumpkin into chana dal preparation. In toor dal we usually lauki in it. Yours recipe looks really tempting me to try it kaddu next time. Lovely recipe!!
Pumpkin dal looks super tempting. I mostly make stir fry or sambar . I always use pumpkin with the peel. Will try to make dal sometime .
We odias love to add pumpkin in most dal preparation . The common one is DALMA.
I also prefer to use the pumpkin with its peel, so that after cooking its wont mash
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We always make it with chana dal or Aksa dal never tried with toor dal. Next time I will surely try your version
Pumpkin dal in Instant pot looks so easy to make. I love these kind of dal, our usual menu at home is a dal fry or dal with green leaf. Would love to try this one.
Thanks Jaya.. do try this way also.. you will love it
I prefer to add vegetables in our Dal. normally I add pumpkin in sambar but never added in Dal. Your recipe is tempting me to try this
Thanks Amrita.. do try it
What a wonderful way to use pumpkin, in a dal. Looks so delicious. Perfect with some rice. I usually peel the pumpkin, had no idea that I cook it with the peel.