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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!
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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


  • 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


  • 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!


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.


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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