1/2teaspoonall spiceor use 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon powder + pinch of ground nutmeg and pinch of cloves
1/8teaspoonblack pepperto taste
Add 1 cup green whole moong dal to the inner steel pot of your Instant Pot. Add 1 cup water, 1/4 teaspoon salt, stir and close the lid. Press the manual or pressure cook button and cook on high pressure for 13 to 14 minutes with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally.Open the lid and give a stir, the lentils are done, set them aside. There will be no water left.With this measurement of water and timing, the lentils are done yet firm to bite. They are about 90% cooked at this stage and that's what I want for this recipe. If you prefer much softer lentils, you can increase the amount of water to 1 1/2 cups (that will increase the time it takes to build pressure and release pressure) but that makes the lentils really soft, like they are in dal. For salad, I prefer firmer lentils and so this was perfect for me. But if that's what you prefer feel free to do so.
While the lentils are cooking, chop and prep everything. Chop the tomatoes and place them in a colander for 15 minutes or so for all the water to drain. Also chop cucumber and finely chop parsley, mint, green onions. Place everything in a large bowl along with the cooked lentils.
Add the olive oil, lime juice, all spice, remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and black pepper.Using a spatula, mix until everything is well combined. Place in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 hours for the flavors to mix in together and then serve.
If you prefer softer lentils, increase the amount of water while cooking the lentils are pressure cook for 15 minutes. For this recipe, I prefer firm lentils so the amount of water and timing mentioned in the recipe will yield just that.
Also, once the lentils are mixed with everything else and kept in refrigerator for couple of hours for the flavors to mix-in, they become softer. So keep that mind mind too. If you start with very soft lentils, they will become super soft and soggy after they are mixed with everything else.
You can add other herbs to this salad, red onions can also be added.
After you chop the tomatoes, place them in colander for some time so that all the excess juice from the tomatoes is drained off. This helps in not making the salad soggy.
If you don't have all spice, add 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, and a generous pinch of ground nutmeg and a small pinch of cloves.