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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!

Instant Pot Curried Coconut Lentil Soup

This extremely flavorful and creamy soup will be your new favorite to make in your pressure cooker!
4.75 from 16 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Julie Chiou
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  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¾ cup dried red split lentils
  • 13.5 ounce can unsweetened full fat coconut milk
  • 1 ¼ cups water
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 14.5 ounce can crushed tomatoes

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  • 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.

Recipe 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


Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 310 kcal | Carbohydrates: 31 g | Protein: 10 g | Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 13 g | Fiber: 7 g | Sugar: 6 g

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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Keyword: instant pot recipes

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Recipe Rating


Tuesday 16th of March 2021

I was giving a bag of red lentils and had no idea what to do with them. So I searched the web and came across this recipe and was surprised that I had all the other ingredients and an instant pot. I can't believe how good this came out. I couldn't stop eating it and ended up eating all 4 servings myself.


Thursday 25th of February 2021

This is a great recipe but it is directly taken from the Epicurious recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi, with one tweak (the ginger). It's fine to give Instant Pot instructions (which is how I found this) but it feels dishonest to say you authored the recipe.

Julie Chiou

Thursday 25th of February 2021

i'm sorry to have come across to you as me authoring this recipe. i would like to clarify that nowhere in this blog post did i say that i authored it. since you read the recipe in its entirety, you surely saw that in the notes section I give him credit for the inspiration. as a sidenote - i love Ottolenghi; I've dined at two of his restaurants and have three of his cookbooks. he is definitely one of the best!

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


Tuesday 1st of December 2020



Monday 30th of November 2020

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


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.