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Instant pot lentil curry

This lentil curry with the goodness of spinach and coconut milk will please everyone and makes your meal healthy and delicious. Make this vegan, gluten-free lentil spinach curry with simple pantry ingredients and enjoy it with the whole family.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Global
Keyword instant pot lentil curry, lentil curry, lentil curry with coconut milk
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 332kcal
Author Sravanthi



  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cups spinach finely chopped (around 4 oz)
  • ½ cup onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger chopped or grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic chopped or grated
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • ½ teaspoon garam masala optional
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Wash, drain, and keep the lentils aside. And if you soaked the lentils, drain and keep them aside.
  • Start the Instant pot in saute mode.
  • Once it is hot, add oil, bay leaves, cumin seeds, chopped ginger, chopped garlic, and let them splutter.
  • Then goes the finely chopped onions. Let the onions soften a bit for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add washed lentils and mix it well.
  • Stop the Instant pot and add spice powders - turmeric powder, ground cumin, curry powder, ground coriander, garam masala powder, and salt. Mix everything well.
  • Add water and close the instant pot with its lid.
  • Start the Instant pot again in manual or pressure cook mode and cook it for 10 minutes on HIGH pressure.
  • Once the instant pot finishes cooking, wait for 10 minutes and manually release the pressure. Or let the pressure release naturally.
  • To this cooked lentils, add finely chopped spinach and coconut milk.
  • Mix everything well. Close the Instant pot for about 10 minutes, and the residual heat will cook the spinach. If you are out of time, you can use saute option and cook it for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Creamy and delicious Instant pot lentil curry is ready to serve! 


Nutrition values are my rough estimates. Please feel free to use your calculator if you rely on them for your diet.


Calories: 332kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 618mg | Potassium: 766mg | Fiber: 16g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2143IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 7mg