Instant Pot Spiced Lentils

Instant Pot Spiced Lentils

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I love lentils! I also love our Instant Pot. I couldn’t tell you why but prior to this the only way I’d ever tried lentils is in soup. I saw them in a salad and thought it was the coolest thing so then was inspired to cook them on their own. These are not too spicy, require just a few ingredients and have such a nice flavor! Roy is not a fan of lentils so I ate the whole batch over the course of a few days in different dishes.

Although lentils cook up easily on the stove-top, the Instant Pot is even more efficient. As with most of our pressure cooker recipes, put all the ingredients in the liner, stir, close and hit the button with the time you need. Come back up to 10 hours later and the food will still be warm. If you don’t know about the Instant Pot by now we highly recommend checking into it. It is a modern pressure cooker and SO MUCH MORE. We are NOT affiliated with them at all-just very happy customers… Read about what the IP can do here and if you would like to purchase one through an affiliate link of ours you can click the links that say “Instant Pot” (like that one) or scroll down and get to Amazon through the ad below the post. Affiliate links don’t add any cost to your purchase but do help support blogs like ours that create content for you. Anyone that you support this way will really appreciate it!

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Instant Pot Spiced Lentils
Prep Time 1 minute
Passive Time 35 minutes
Servings
8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon medium chili powder
Prep Time 1 minute
Passive Time 35 minutes
Servings
8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups brown lentils
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon medium chili powder
Instant Pot Spiced Lentils
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in Instant Pot
  2. Close lid and set on "bean" setting for 15 minutes
  3. Allow to naturally release pressure
  4. Serve over rice or as a side dish
Recipe Notes

Pictured here with cheese and salsa, feel free to enjoy however you like! I also ate them plain, with nachos, tacos, rice, chicken and cold in salad. Let us know how you enjoyed them in the comments below!

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8 Comments

  1. Oh these look SO good! I love the Instant Pot and how easy it makes things- you really can’t go wrong! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

  2. Oh wow that is lucky! You’re very welcome Lia! I’m glad you found it too 🙂 We also have a chicken soup recipe on this blog that uses lentils if you need more inspiration for them!

  3. I am wondering if i did something wrong. The lentils taste really good but it looks like mush. From the picture above it seems like they maintain their lentil shape. I followed the instructions…what did i miss? I am new to the instant pot.

  4. Hi Kate! I’m glad to hear that they taste good, but sorry they’re not looking as pretty! I do know that if they’re stirred too much once cooked they got mushy for us. I’ve never had them mushy straight away before stirring personally. I’m thinking if they are too mushy without stirring then next time you may try to take down the cook time by a minute or two if they are not already on the verge of being crunchy this time around. I highly recommend stirring them well as soon as you put the ingredients in the pot but after cooking definitely the less stirring the better, maybe a little fluff but better yet just gently scoop and serve 🙂 I hope I helped let me know what you think and how it turns out next time!

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