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Green Lentil Curry (Instant Pot + Stovetop)

This Vegan Green Lentil Curry recipe can be in an Instant Pot pressure cooker or on the stovetop for one quick, easy, healthy and delicious Indian inspired dish!
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Course: Entrées, Instant Pot, Sides, Vegan
Cuisine: Indian
Diet: Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Instant Pot coming to pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kristen Wood


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 ½ cups green lentils
  • 1 13.5 oz can full-fat coconut milk +optional extra; see ‘Tips’ above
  • 1 ¼ cup water
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • sea salt or pink salt to taste


Instant Pot Instructions

  • Set your Instant Pot to saute mode. Add oil and chopped onion. Saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add spices (curry through red chili flakes). Stir. Let saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add lentils and coconut milk. Stir.
  • Add water. Stir.
  • Place lid on, set valve to sealing. Cook on manual high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Let pressure release naturally for 10 minutes.
  • Press cancel, release steam and remove lid.
  • Stir in vinegar. Salt to taste.
  • Optionally (see ‘Tips’ section above in post), stir in extra coconut milk.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Stovetop Instructions

  • In a large pot over medium heat, add oil and onion. Saute for five minutes.
  • Add spices (curry through red chili flakes). Stir and let cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add lentils, milk and 2 ½ cups of water.
  • Bring to a boil, cover, turn heat down to a simmer. Let simmer for 45 minutes or until lentils are tender and most of the liquid has been reduced.
  • Stir in vinegar. Salt to taste. Optionally, stir in extra coconut milk (see ‘Tips’ section above in post).
  • Serve and enjoy!


Please refer to the post above for valuable information!
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Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 1225mg | Fiber: 31g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 84mg | Iron: 10mg
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