Indian Lentils with Spinach Pressure Cooker Recipe

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Indian Lentils With Spinach Pressure Cooker Recipe


SERVES 4 as a main course – Cooker: 5- to 7-quart – Time: 10 minutes at HIGH pressure

  • 2 tablespoons light olive oil
  • 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, to taste, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled fresh ginger
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon turmeric, to taste
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes in juice, undrained, or 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup dried brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • 1 to 1½ cups frozen chopped spinach, to taste, thawed and squeezed dry (about half a 10-ounce box)
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (they look like chips; optional)
  • 2 teaspoons poppy seeds (optional)
  • plain yogurt, for serving (optional)
  • chopped fresh cilantro, for serving (optional)


  1. In a 5- to 7-quart pressure cooker, heat the oil over medium-high heat
  2. Stir in the onion and cook, stirring a few times, until it just begins to soften, about 2 minutes
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, and turmeric and heat for 30 seconds
  4. Add the tomatoes, broth, and lentils; stir to combine well
  5. Close and lock the lid
  6. Set the burner heat to high
  7. When the cooker reaches HIGH pressure, reduce the burner heat as low as you can and still maintain HIGH pressure
  8. Set a timer to cook for 10 minutes
  9. Remove the pot from the heat
  10. Open the cooker with the Quick Release method
  11. Be careful of the steam as you remove the lid
  12. Stir and taste for salt and pepper
  13. Stir in the spinach and simmer, uncovered, over medium heat for about 3 minutes to heat through
  14. If using, in a small dry skillet over medium heat, toast the coconut and poppy seeds until the coconut is golden, about 2 minutes, stirring a few times or shaking the pan for even browning
  15. Serve the lentils topped with a dollop of yogurt, sprinkling of cilantro, and a spoonful of the toasted coconut mix, if you like

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