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Red Lentil Curry and White Rice in a Bowl with a Spoon

Creamy Red Lentil Curry Dal (Instant Pot)

  • Author: Katie Allen
  • Cook Time: 25
  • Total Time: 25
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x


Oh so creamy & dreamy. Coconut red lentil curry dal is total comfort food, Indian style! Instant Pot + 10 ingredients = a weeknight winner.



  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste (or 1/2 tsp dried ginger)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 teaspoon yellow curry powder
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable broth concentrate paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 1/2 cups red lentils, rinsed
  • 3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • sea salt, to taste


  1. Set Instant Pot to saute with the lid off.
  2. Cook oil, ginger and garlic for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add onion powder, curry, garam masala and stir until fragrant.
  4. Add lentils and broth. Stir to combine.
  5. Set lid to “sealing”. Set Instant Pot to “manual” for 9 minutes.
  6. After it has come to pressure and cooked for 9 minutes, allow the steam to “natural release” for 9 more minutes.
  7. Stir coconut milk into the lentils. Stir. Salt to taste.


Tip: salt lentils after they’re cooked, otherwise they can become tough if they’re salted before cooking.

  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian