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Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) – Instant Pot or Stovetop

Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop, packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

Nestled among the Himalayas in Southern Asia, Nepal is a beautiful landlocked country with towering mountains and glistening rivers. Its background is intertwined with monarchies and royalty, making the country’s cuisine rich and hearty not only for the kings and queens, but for the cold weather. They have some of the most delicious daals and curries anywhere on this planet! One of my personal favorites is Kwati, a mixed lentil stew that is specific to the mountain regions of Nepal!

It’s packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

There’s chickpeas, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, chana daal, black eye beans, whole moons daal, split yellow gram, whole black gram, and many more nutritious legumes that come together for the ultimate texture! It’s traditionally made with whole lentils, but I added some split lentils to thicken the texture because they cook faster and become soft. The other lentils should be left whole to add some structure to the daal.

It’s perfect as a side with naan or just by itself! Enjoy it for a warming flavor that’ll make you feel good from the inside out!

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Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop, packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop, packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop, packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

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Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop, packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!
Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
 

Nepali Kwati Daal - Mixed Lentil Stew (Instant Pot or Stovetop) - packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian, Nepali
Keyword: instant pot, lentils
Custom Category: Indian Main Course, Instant Pot Recipes, International Cuisine, Main Course
Servings: 8
Calories: 228 kcal
Author: Nidhi Bothra
Ingredients
Lentils:
Others:
  • 3 to medium tomatoes , finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 medium onion , finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp green chilies
  • 1 tbsp garlic , minced
  • 1 tbsp ginger , minced
  • 1 inch ginger , sliced
  • 1 clove garlic , sliced
  • 3 dried red chilies
  • 1/2 tsp carom seeds (ajwain)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp red chili powder , or paprika powder or cayenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp ghee , or oil
  • 3 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • salt  to taste
Instructions
Instant Pot
  1. Wash and soak the lentils for 6-8 hours, ideally overnight. Drain the lentils after soaking.
  2. Turn the instant pot on sauté mode and add the ghee, carom seeds, and cumin. Sauté for 2 minutes and add minced ginger, minced garlic, and green chilies.

  3. Sauté for one minute and add onions and sauté until translucent. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1/2 the turmeric powder, red chili powder, and 1/4 cup water.
  4. Simmer until the tomatoes become tender, which should take 7-8 minutes. Take this mixture out into a separate bowl.
  5. In the same pan add the rinsed lentils, 3 cups water, sliced garlic, sliced ginger, salt, and remaining turmeric. Turn the instant pot on bean mode and put the top on sealing. Make sure to natural release.

  6. Open the instant pot and put it on sauté mode. Add the tomato mixture and add some water if you want to thin out. Sauté for 5-10 minutes, add lime juice and your Kwati dal is ready!

  7. Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with naan bread, tandoori roti or rice!

Stove-Top
  1. In a pressure cooker, add the soaked lentils, salt, 1/2 the turmeric, sliced ginger, sliced garlic, and 3 cups water. Put the lid on and cook for 4-5 whistles on medium heat, but do the first whistle on high.

  2. In a separate pan, add ghee, cumin seeds, carom seeds, and dried red chilies and sauté for a minute. Add the minced ginger, garlic, and green chilies and sauté for another minute.
  3. Add chopped onions and sauté till translucent. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, the remaining turmeric, and 1/4 cup water. Simmer until the tomatoes are tender.
  4. Open the pressure cooker and give the lentils a mix. Add this into the pan with the tomato mixture.
  5. Simmer for 10 minute on low flame and it’s ready! Add lemon juice and garnish with cilantro!

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes
  • You can cover the instant pot with a lid when you are sautéing to minimize splatter.
  • Enjoy the Kwati with naan bread, tandoori roti, biryani or plain rice.
Nutrition Facts
Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop
Amount Per Serving
Calories 228 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 30mg1%
Potassium 579mg17%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 630IU13%
Vitamin C 10.7mg13%
Calcium 76mg8%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Nepali Kwati Daal (Mixed Lentil Stew) - Instant Pot or Stovetop, packed full of proteins from the legumes, making it perfect for vegetarians to get their daily dose of vitamins and minerals. It’s creamy, toothy, and super aromatic for all of your heartwarming needs!

10 Comments

  1. Khushpreet Kaur says

    Outstanding dal! Cooked with conventional kadahi and pressure cooker, but superb results nevertheless. Thank you SO much for sharing.

    • Nidhi Bothra says

      I’m so glad you loved the dal. Thanks a lot for trying!!💕💕

  2. This looks fantastic! I don’t have an instant pot or pressure cooker though – do you think I can adjust this to make it in a dutch oven or the like? I imagine it’ll take longer, but that’s okay. 😊

    • Nidhi Bothra says

      Hi, yes you can! Just soak all of the pulses overnight (at least 12 hours) in hot water. You can cook it in the Dutch oven uncovered, stirring and adding water periodically. I haven’t tried it but it will take closer to 45 minutes since all the lentils are whole. Hope this helps!

      • Awesome! Thank you so much, can’t wait to try this!!

      • Nidhi Bothra says

        Hope you enjoy it. Pls lemme know how it turns out.!!💕

    • Nidhi Bothra says

      You can even use canned version for any of these beans or lentils that you can find (chickpeas, black eyed beans, kidney beans, etc.) and mix them with the soaked pulses. Add these canned beans halfway through the cooking because they are already cooked but still need time to get well incorporated. It might be easier to omit the black gram since they take extra long to cook as well!

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! After making it a few times I found we really enjoyed it when I added a good squeeze of tomato paste to the chopped fresh tomatoes. It’s now a house favourite 👍🏽

    • Nidhi Bothra says

      So happy that you are enjoying it. I’ll try adding the tomato paste, next time.

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