Lentils are a delicious member of the legume family that people can enjoy in countless ways. Preparing lentils the traditional way can be a bit time consuming, but when you use a pressure cooker you can create delicious, cooked lentils without much effort or time at all. The following are 2 delicious pressure cooker lentils recipes that the whole family can enjoy.
1. Classic Lentils
This classic recipe is perfect for simple lentils that make a great side dish or base for more complex recipes.
- 1 cup lentils (brown or green)
- 1 and 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
- Salt to taste
- Mix together the lentils, water (or vegetable broth) and salt.
- Pour the mixture into your pressure cooker, then set the pressure cooker on the “manual” setting. You can also cook at high pressure if you would prefer.
- Cook lentils for at least 6-8 minutes; this will result in firm lentils. If you want softer lentils, cook for about 15 minutes.
- After the cooking time has passed, naturally release the pressure on your pressure cooker, which will take about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Leave the pot alone for about 10-15 minutes after the pressure has released.
- Then release the valve to release any pressure that still remains.
- Remove lentils from the pot, serve, or use in the recipe.
2. Curried Lentils
This tasty variation on traditional lentils has a rich curry flavor and is perfectly paired with side dishes such as naan bread or rice.
- 1 cup brown or green lentils
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 onion (small, chopped)
- 1 Tbsp. ginger (minced)
- 1 to 2 Tbsp. curry powder
- 2 Tbsp. garlic (minced)
- 1/2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (you may wish to add more if you prefer your curried lentils to be spicier)
- 1 can coconut milk
- Add coconut oil to your pressure cooker and set it to Sauté. Cook your onions, ginger and garlic for about 2 minutes.
- Then add your curry powder, salt, turmeric, cayenne, and sugar and stir very well.
- Then you will need to add your lentils, 1 cup of water, and the can of coconut milk; stir until well combined.
- Turn off the Sauté setting, seal the lid of your pressure cooker, and turn it to “high pressure.” Cook for about 15 minutes.
- When the cooking timer has stopped, let the pressure release from the cooker naturally.
- Then vent the lid so the pressure is completely released.
- Then, taste your lentils and adjust with more/less spicy seasonings and salt as preferred.
- At this stage, if you feel the lentils are too thick, you can add water to create a thinner texture.
- Remove lentils from the pressure cooker and serve with your preferred type of rice. Jasmine rice, white rice, and brown rice all go well with curried lentils.