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Zucchini Chana Dal in Instant Pot

Gayathri Vijayakumar
Zucchini Chana dal in Instant Pot is a quick and delicious, protein-filled one-pot meal that's ready in less than 20 minutes. There is nothing as comforting as a lentil curry on a busy day. The addition of zucchini makes this dal healthier and wholesome.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 servings


  • 2 medium Zucchini around 3 cups chopped into medium- sized pieces.
  • 1 medium Onion finely chopped
  • 1 medium Tomato roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
  • 1 inch Ginger finely chopped
  • 2 slit Green Chillies
  • 1/2 cup Chana Dal
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2 tsp Oil / Ghee
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 Red Chilli
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Coriander Powder
  • 3 tbsp Coriander Leaves finely chopped


  • Wash and soak 1/2 cup Chana Dal for 30 minutes.
  • Press Saute on Instant Pot. Add ghee/oil. Once it turns hot, add cumin seeds and red chilli. Let it crackle. Add slit green chilli, finely chopped ginger and garlic. Saute for a minute.
  • Add finely chopped onion. Saute till it turns light brown. Add roughly chopped tomato. Once it turns lightly mushy, add chopped zucchini.
  • Add salt, turmeric powder, red chilli powder, coriander powder. Mix well.
  • Add soaked and drained chana dal. Add 1 cup water. Check for spices and salt. Adjust if needed.
  • Close the lid on the pot and turn the pressure valve to SEALING position. Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK  and set the timer to 10 minutes. This timing ensures that the Dal is well cooked but retains its texture to an extent.
  • Once the pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and squeeze in some lime juice. Serve with rice or roti.


I like adding both green chilli and red chilli in my dal. You can skip one of those. 
I have used chana dal. Alternatively, you can use toor dal ,split yellow moong dal, masoor dal or a mixture of all these lentils.
You can skip onion and garlic in this recipe if you prefer.
Make sure you chop the zucchini into bite-sized pieces. Only then, you can feel the texture of the zucchini in the dal. If you chop it too small, the zucchini will get mashed completely.
You can also use chayote, bottle gourd in place of Zucchini. 
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