Chicken Lentil Curry (Dal Murgh) – Instant Pot

This comforting chicken lentil curry checks all the boxes – easy, one-pot, budget-friendly, and incredibly delicious, making it a weeknight hero.

Two bowls of chicken red lentil curry served with naan bread.

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. This means I get a small commission if you decide to make a purchase through my links at no extra cost to you.

Chicken lentil curry is a hearty and flavorful dish that combines tender chicken with earthy lentils in a fragrant curry sauce. It is popular as dal murgh in India (murgh means chicken in Hindi). This comfort food is a staple in many households and is enjoyed as a wholesome and satisfying meal.

My recipe is made in an Instant Pot, adding a layer of convenience to this already delicious and easy lentil recipe. Pair this one-pot dish with steamed basmati rice or warm, freshly baked naan bread for a delicious, simple, and comforting meal.

Ingredients

Ingredient to make chicken lentil curry placed on a white surface.

Chicken: Use boneless, skinless chicken thigh pieces for this recipe.

Lentils: I am using red lentils; however, yellow lentils (moong dal) can also be used for this recipe.

Spices: In this recipe, I am using cumin seeds, curry powder, and red chili powder. Use mild curry powder and adjust the chili powder as per your preference.

See the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and quantities.

Step-by-step instructions

Sauted onion, ginger, garlic, and curry leaves in the Instant Pot.

Step 1: Heat oil, add cumin seeds, and let them splutter. Next, add the onions, ginger garlic paste, and curry leaves. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the onions soften.

Cooked tomatoes and spices in the Instant Pot.

Step 2: Add the tomatoes, salt, and curry powder. Mix well and saute for 3-4 minutes.

Sauted chicken in tomatoes in the Instant Pot.

Step 3: Add the chicken and saute for 1-2 minutes.

Red lentils and water added in the Instant Pot.

Step 4: Next, add the washed dal. Add two cups of water and mix well.

Pressure cooked chicken red lentil curry garnished with cilantro in Instant Pot.

Step 5: Pressure cook for 5 minutes. Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a manual quick release of the remaining pressure. Open the lid and add cilantro and lemon juice. 

Expert Tips

  • Rinse the lentils before cooking to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Red lentils can be replaced with yellow lentils or cooked brown lentils. The pressure cooking time remains the same.
  • Letting the pressure come down naturally for the first 10 minutes will help the chicken become tender and absorb more flavors.
  • You can add other vegetables to the curry. Carrots, green beans, potatoes, and peas are some good options.

What to serve with chicken lentil curry

Chicken lentil curry pairs well with plain steamed basmati rice or brown rice. Flavored rice like saffron rice and jeera rice are some delicious side dish options for this dish. Pair it with crispy lentil fritters for a complete meal.

It also pairs well with bread like naan, roti, or paratha. I also like to serve it with a crusty sourdough bread to dip into the curry sauce.

My Hearty Curry Recipes

Vegetarian options more your style? This Vegetable Lentil Curry with brown lentils offers a delightful blend of lentils and vegetables in a fragrant curry sauce.
If you’re in the mood for something different, give this Ground Meat Curry a try, featuring mung beans that elevate the dish’s flavors.
Looking to explore more lentil-based recipes? This Lentil Peas Potato Curry combines red lentils with peas and potatoes for a comforting one-pot meal option.

Storage Tips

You can store this dish in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. It also freezes well and can be stored in the freezer for up to two months. Reheat on the stovetop or microwave, adding a splash of water if needed to maintain the desired consistency.

If you enjoyed this delicious chicken red lentil curry, you might also love trying comforting tomato red lentil soup for a heartwarming meal!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Certainly! Dal murgh can be prepared in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. It also freezes well for longer storage.

Can I add other vegetables to this dish?

Yes! Carrots, green beans, potatoes, and peas are some good options.

Should I soak the lentils beforehand?

No. Just give it a good rinse to remove any dirt or debris.

Can I make rice at the same time as making the curry?

Yes. You can use the pot-in-pot method to make rice at the same time. Wash the rice and add water at a 1:1.5 ratio. Place a trivet on the curry and place the rice bowl. Cover and cook as per this recipe.

Chicken red lentil curry or dal murgh in a blue bowl with naan in the background.

If you tried this Chicken Red Lentil Curry / Dal Murgh Recipe or any other recipe on my website, please leave a 🌟 star rating and let me know how it went in the 📝 comments below.

Chicken red lentil curry in blue bowl.

Chicken Lentil Curry / Dal Murgh

This comforting chicken lentil curry checks all the boxes – easy, one-pot, budget-friendly, and incredibly delicious, making it a weeknight hero.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Shilpa Kerur

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken thigh cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup red lentils (masoor dal)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 sprig curry leaves
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
  • ½ cup canned crushed tomato
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cilantro
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 2 cups water

Instructions

  • Wash the masoor dal in water and set it aside.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and add oil. Once it heats, add cumin seeds and let them splutter.
  • Next, add the onions, ginger garlic paste, and curry leaves. Saute for 3-4 minutes until the onions soften.
  • Add the tomatoes, salt, and curry powder. Mix well and saute for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the chicken and saute for 1-2 minutes. Next, add the washed dal. Add two cups of water and mix well.
  • Secure the lid and pressure cook for 5 minutes. Do a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then do a manual quick release of the remaining pressure.
  • Open the lid and add cilantro and lemon juice. Mix well and serve with rice or naan.

Notes

  • Rinse the lentils before cooking to remove any dirt or debris.
  • Red lentils can be replaced with yellow lentils. The pressure cooking time remains the same.
  • Letting the pressure come down naturally for the first 10 minutes will help the chicken become tender and absorb more flavors.
  • You can add other vegetables to the curry. Carrots, green beans, potatoes, and peas are some good options.

Nutrition

Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 688mg | Potassium: 890mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 631IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 75mg | Iron: 6mg
Tried this recipe? Share it Today!Mention @lentillovingfamily or tag #lentillovingfamily!
Chicken lentil curry served with naan bread.

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating