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Instant Pot Curried Coconut Lentil Soup

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Such a creamy and delicious soup! Your Instant Pot is going to make this curried lentil soup a breeze to put together!

Such a creamy and delicious soup! Your Instant Pot is going to make this curried lentil soup a breeze to put together!

Is this not the prettiest soup that you ever did see?!

This curried coconut lentil soup is so vibrant and is so creamy delicious! It is packed with flavor from the curry and spices. The coconut milk gives it a luxuriously creamy texture.

The best part?! It’s all put together in the Instant Pot!

Such a creamy and delicious soup! Your Instant Pot is going to make this curried lentil soup a breeze to put together!

I don’t cook with lentils EVER and I don’t know why. They’re so readily available and they’re a great source of protein.

They’re so versatile because you can basically mix anything together with the lentils and it’ll soak up all the flavor.

Such a creamy and delicious soup! Your Instant Pot is going to make this curried lentil soup a breeze to put together!

This soup is my new obsession and I hope it will be yours too. A lot of readers have requested Instant Pot and vegetarian recipes and I think that this combines the best of both worlds!

Such a creamy and delicious soup! Your Instant Pot is going to make this curried lentil soup a breeze to put together!

Such a creamy and delicious soup! Your Instant Pot is going to make this curried lentil soup a breeze to put together!
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Instant Pot Curried Coconut Lentil Soup

This extremely flavorful and creamy soup will be your new favorite to make in your pressure cooker!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4

Servings are adjustable but please note that results, timing, and cookware may vary when adjusting servings.

Calories: 310kcal
Author: Julie Chiou

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3/4 cup dried red split lentils
  • 1 13.5- ounce can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 14.5- ounce can crushed tomatoes

Instructions

  • Press sauté on the front of your 6-quart Instant Pot. In the insert, add the onion, garlic, ginger paste, curry powder, crushed red pepper flakes, lentils, coconut milk, water, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix then let it come up to a simmer then press cancel. Immediately add the can of crushed tomatoes LAST and on top of everything else and do not stir it in. Pressure cookers seem to not like tomatoes for some reason and you will often times get a BURN notice. If you don't stir the tomatoes in and just let it sit on top, you should be fine.
  • Close the lid of the pressure cooker and make sure that the vent is set to sealing.
  • Using the manual function, use high pressure and set the cook time to 15 minutes.
  • Once the soup has finished cooking, let sit for 15 minutes before you quick release the pressure. You can choose to either quick release it or let it naturally release, depending on how hungry you are or when dinner is!
  • Divide evenly into bowls and garnish with parsley or cilantro on top.

Notes

Many have mentioned that they get the BURN notice with lentils in pressure cookers. By bringing the mixture up to a simmer, in step 1, prior to closing the lid helps the pressure cooker heat up so it doesn't have to do as much "heat up work" during the "come to pressure" process. So helping it out before throwing the lid on should help with the burn message.
After about 15 minutes, my lentils were more on the 'mushy' side. If you don't like your lentils like that, I would reduce the cook time to 12 minutes.
Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi
Nutrition Facts
Instant Pot Curried Coconut Lentil Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 10g20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.

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Nkiruka Herche

Thursday 7th of January 2021

Is it possible to make this with green lentils? My store doesn't have red split lentils.

Julie Chiou

Saturday 9th of January 2021

yes, definitely. but since yours isn't split, it might take a bit longer to cook

Aurora

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

SO FAST, SO DELICIOUS, SO TASTES LIKE OTTOLENGHI SIGNATURE FLAVOR!

Jaime

Monday 30th of November 2020

Would have loved to have made it, but the ads were impossible to see the recipe through. Ridiculous

Aurora

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

@Julie Chiou, I love your recipes. And glad youre being paid for them, however it looks like! I have been making this lentil recipe weekly for about 3 years....its a true staple in our family. THANK YOU!

Julie Chiou

Tuesday 1st of December 2020

thank you for your opinion. you were able to see through to the comments and type it out so i'm not quite sure what the problem is. ads helps support a website that gives you free content - a free recipe. a free recipe that a real human (hi! i'm julie) developed and wrote. free recipes that you see require money in real life for ingredients. not only that, this website is up because i pay monthly for web hosting (a cool $210 a month). those are just two of the major costs that a food blog has. ads are a free way for someone that visits our websites to give back without really giving back, you know? you just have to scroll, and if the ads or videos bother you, just click the X button. many websites these days have ads and it's the easiest way to help support a website you enjoy.

Elaine Marlow

Monday 31st of August 2020

I really love the look of this recipe, but I don’t have a pressure cooker or an instant pot. Do you have any advice for cooking on the stove top?

Julie Chiou

Saturday 5th of September 2020

Yep, just add everything and cover and cook until lentils are soft. They might take awhile..I'm not sure how long though since I haven't actually done it on the stovetop before.

Lori

Sunday 21st of June 2020

This is so amazing! Will definitely make again and again. Can you provide rough instructions for regular stove top cooking please?

Julie Wampler

Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

honestly i would probably do everything the same as i would in the IP for this recipe except just cook it on the stove longer at a slow simmer until the lentils are cooked to your liking