Wash he rice under running water until the water runs clear. Drain and set aside.
Add the tomatoes, ginger, garlic and chillies to a blender and blend till you have a smooth paste
Set the Instant Pot on sauté mode, add the oil. When the oil is hot add the whole spices bay leaf, cinnamon, cumin, asafoetida and turmeric and sauté for 30 seconds till everything is fragrant.
Add in onions and cook for 5 minutes, until softened and lightly brown.
Stir in the grund tomato mixture and cook for another 3 minutes.
Next drain and add the lentils and the washed rice to the Instant Pot, along with 3 cups of water and salt. Cancel the sauté. Close the lid and set it on sealing mode and pressure cook for 15 minutes. Let it naturally pressure relase. Open and garnish with freshly chopped coriander before serving.
If you are cooking in the pressure cooker, pressure cook one whistle on high heat and one whistle on low heat. Allow it to cool.