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Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

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Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread!

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

As you’ve probably noticed by now, I am a huge curry fan. It is my ultimate ideal comfort food. And, I’ve also grown quite fond of my Instant Pot.  And what do ya know!? The two combine absolutely perfectly.

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

The Instant Pot has definitely become my preferred way of cooking a curry as all of the ingredients tend to come out wonderfully tender, with a delightfully creamy texture, and in much less time than conventional methods. Win!

Now on to that curry …

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

This curry is heavenly. I wanted to add a little extra creamy and filling goodness to my red lentil base; and potatoes worked beautifully!

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

This Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry is:

  • Slightly spicy.

  • Creamy & comforting.

  • Super healthy.

  • Easy to make.

  • Hearty & filling.

  • DELICIOUS!

 

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

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 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

Tips for making Potato & Lentil Curry in a Pressure Cooker:

  • I do not recommend replacing the red lentils with any other type of lentils. Red lentils are a large part of the delightfully creamy texture in this curry and other types of lentils would need a greater time adjustment to be successfully cooked.

  • In a pinch, cilantro can be replaced with parsley.

  • Not a fan of a touch of spicy? Omit or cut down on the red pepper flakes in this recipe.

  • Canned diced tomatoes can replace the crushed tomatoes OR 2 fresh tomatoes, chopped.

  • I’ve made this recipe with russet, gold and red potatoes — all result in a very similar dish.

  • Though it will not be as creamy or flavorful, the full fat coconut milk can be replace with any dairy or non-dairy milk of choice, in a pinch!

  • The apple cider vinegar can be replaced with lemon juice, or omitted altogether if you do not have either.

  • In true curry fashion, this lentil and potato dish only has a tendency to develop bolder, deeper, more complex flavors in time. Simply put: this makes an excellent leftovers dish or meal planning addition!

  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one week. Reheat on the stove top over medium-low heat until warmed throughout; or in an Instant Pot on saute mode (stirring frequently).

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 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

 

If you’re in need of a bit of healthy and delicious comfort food, whip this up and serve alongside some rice, quinoa or naan bread and you will not be disappointed with its perfectly spiced goodness.

Enjoy. xo.

 Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread! #instantpotcurry #instantpotredlentils #instantpotpotatoes #pressurecookercurry #instantpot #indianfood #vegancurry

 

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Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Easy, healthy, and comforting Instant Pot Red Lentil & Potato Curry! This delicious Indian-style pressure cooker meal is gluten-free, vegan, and packed with delicious warming spices ready to complement your favorite grain and/or bread!
4.72 from 7 votes
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Course: Entrées, Instant Pot, Sides
Cuisine: Indian, Pressure Cooking
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 23 minutes
Total Time: 28 minutes
Servings: 4 serving
Author: Kristen Wood

Ingredients

  • 1 tbs coconut or olive oil
  • 1/2 yellow or white onion chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 tbs curry powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup dry red lentils
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • 2 large or 3 medium potatoes peeled, cubed
  • 2 tbs unsweetened shredded coconut optional
  • 1 can 14 oz full fat coconut milk
  • 1 large handful fresh mixed greens
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • to taste sea salt

Instructions

  • Turn your Instant Pot on to sauté mode.
  • Add in oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté, stirring frequently, for 5-7 minutes or until onions are turning translucent.
  • Stir in spices cilantro through cloves. Sauté 1-2 minutes longer (until fragrant).
  • Pour in water, lentils, and tomatoes. Stir to combine.
  • Cook on Manual High Pressure for 15 minutes.
  • When finished – press cancel, quick release pressure, then remove lid.
  • Stir in potatoes, optional shredded coconut, coconut milk, and fresh mixed greens.
  • Cook on Manual High Pressure for 8 minutes longer.
  • Quick release pressure once again.
  • Stir in apple cider vinegar. Salt to taste.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

Please see ‘Tips’ section above in post for more information.
Looking for more? Check out this round-up of 100 Gluten-Free Vegetarian Indian Recipes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 298mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 6g
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10 Comments

  • Amanda
    05/20/2020 at 4:12 PM

    5 stars
    After the first time making this recipe, it quickly became a family favorite! We’ve made it probably 5 times since and it’s delicious every time. Thank you for sharing!!

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      05/20/2020 at 4:48 PM

      I’m so happy to hear that! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

      Reply
  • Bianca
    05/05/2020 at 6:45 PM

    (Not sure why my first reply didn’t post, maybe a glitch? Sorry if it pops up twice. )

    I tried to make this recipe a couple of days ago and experienced the same issue as the other two commenters – everything was fine until I added the potatoes and coconut milk, and then the pot never came to pressure so the added ingredients didn’t cook. It also burned on the bottom. I’m using a Duo Plus and have never had issues with it before.

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      05/09/2020 at 12:06 AM

      Hi Bianca – I’m so sorry you had this issue! We make this pretty frequently, and I have been unable to replicate this issue on my own, but with seeing that a few of you have experienced this, I’m going to dig deeper and even re-write this recipe if need be. I’m guessing double-cooking doesn’t work in all instances. I greatly apologize for the inconvenience!

      Reply
  • Jack
    02/23/2020 at 6:52 PM

    I should have read the recipe better before starting. The second cook never came to pressure. Just cooked on the bottom and started the timer without coming to pressure. I should have cooked everything at once. Total bust. Waste of ingredients.

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      02/24/2020 at 11:19 AM

      Hi Jack, I’m sorry to hear you had a negative experience! I’m curious to know what you mean by it not coming to pressure – are you certain you set it to cook on manual high pressure again for 8 minutes. If it did not come to pressure at all is it possible you didn’t close the vent? Otherwise there may be an issue with your pressure cooker. Best, Kristen.

      Reply
      • Julia
        03/29/2020 at 7:55 PM

        I ran into the same issue as Jack. I cooked on high for 15 minutes, then stirred in the potatoes and coconut milk. I immediately realized that there wasn’t enough water left for the potatoes to cook, so I also stirred in an extra cup of water and set it to manual cook on high pressure for the last 8 minutes. Before the pot could come to pressure I got the burn warning, so I opened it up, added another cup of water, and tried again with the same results. I’m really sad because I tasted the lentils after the first cook and they were delicious. I should have just stirred in the coconut milk and forgotten the potatoes.

        Reply
        • Kristen Wood
          04/02/2020 at 6:58 PM

          I’m so sorry to hear that! I haven’t been able to duplicate this issue at home. Might I ask what model of Instant Pot you are using? Thank you. And so sorry again, I will try to troubleshoot this!

          Reply
  • Caitlin
    02/19/2020 at 4:08 PM

    Your instructions say to let the pressure valve drop and then do a quick release. On the IP you can’t do both. So do I let it release pressure on its own, or should I do a quick release?

    Reply
    • Kristen Wood
      02/19/2020 at 11:38 PM

      Oops, sorry! Thank you for catching that! I will update it. It is simply quick release. 🙂

      Reply

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