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Apr 24, 2020 1 min read

Lockdown InstantPot Dhal

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This week we got a great delivery from Grainger Market, salad, fruit and an Indian Cookbox from Hector Hall. I’ve always loved dhal, it’s great comfort food. There’s an excellent recipe in Completely Perfect: 120 Essential Recipes by Felicity Cloake which I adapted to use the magic InstantPot. I used ground ginger because I was keeping my fresh ginger

You will need

For the sweet and sour pork

  • An onion, the size of a cricket ball, finely diced
  • 5 fat cloves of garlic, peeled and fine sliced
  • 3 fresh chillis (I think mine were birdseye)
  • A blob of butter the size of a gold ball
  • A cup of yellow split peas
  • A heaped teaspoon of black mustard seeds
  • A heaped teaspoon of cumin seeds
  • A heaped teaspoon of ground ginger
  • A heaped teaspoon of salt


  • Cook the onions and garlic on saute mode for a good ten minutes or so with the butter
  • Add all the rest of the ingrediants and stir and sizzle for a couple of minutes
  • Add three times the volume of peas of hot water
  • Pressure cook for 30 minutes
  • Season (I needed about a teaspoon of salt)


Gently spiced, not quite smooth, just rich enough from the butter

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