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Instant Pot Creamy Red Curry Lentils

Instant Pot Creamy Red Curry Lentils

Ingredients for 5 servings

* Optional Substitution Note

Serving size ~1 1/2 cups


Step 1

Set Instant Pot (or multi-function slow cooker) to “Saute.”  Add oil, onion, garlic and carrots.  Cook for about 6 to 8 minutes until the onions are caramelized (brown) and the edges of the carrots are seared.

Step 2

Add the red curry paste and the lentils, and mix everything together for 1 to 3 minutes, ensuring that each lentil is our covered in paste and oil.  Turn the Saute function off.

Step 3

Add the remaining ingredients and stir.  Place on the top and set the Instant Pot on the “Pressure Cook” setting.  Allow it to heat up first, then cook for 6 to 8 minutes for creamy lentils with a little bit of texture; or, 8 to 10 minutes for creamy, smooth lentils with every individual lentil texture.  Season to taste with a bit of sea salt & pepper, then garnish with fresh cilantro and lime.

(Based on 4 reviews)


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  1. Apr 21 2023

    This is my favourite, go-to, recommended, pot-luck, – you name it – lentil recipe. We make it weekly through the winter, and so adjust for variety. Vegetarian, Vegan, Pork ends, red curry, green curry, mango-pickle curry, you name it. It’s delicious every time. For those new to lentils and/or curries, this is a perfect introduction. Thank you so much for this recipe. It introduced me to your site and I’ve been following it ever since.

  2. Apr 29 2023

    Thank you so much for this recipe and your site. I’m (mostly) vegan, my husband is not. This is a recipe we can enjoy together.

  3. May 23 2023

    I don’t have an instant pot but I’ve made this on the stove a couple times now. My partner and I love it. We’ve been trying out recipes without meat and he was blown away by this one. I add ginger to it and I never really follow the exact proportions of veggies, and it’s turned out great every time. I accidently had too much liquid in it the first time I made it and cooked it extra long to boil off some of the moisture, and I think it actually turned out better. So creamy. I also now just add in the cauliflower instead of doing it separately.

    1. I REALLY like the ginger addition – i’m gonna try that. I also love that you’re freestyling – that’s exactly what you should be doing!

  4. Oct 30 2023

    this recipe is so delicious, healthy and easy. i’ve been making it regularly for a bree years now! it’s stood the test of time


Prep 5min
Cook 10min
Total 15min

Nutrition per serving

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!