Lebanese Lentils Rice Slow Cooker Recipe

Recipe Category: Instant-Pot


Lebanese Lentils Rice Slow Cooker Recipe


Recipe for: Kushari

Serves 6

Active Time 15 minutes

Saute; Pressure/Manual (High) Natural/Quick Release

  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 2 tablespoons Ghee
  • 2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
  • salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup basmati rice, rinsed and drained
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander


  1. Place the lentils in a small bowl
  2. Cover with hot water and let soak while you get everything else going
  3. Select SAUTE on the Instant Pot
  4. When the pot is hot, add the ghee
  5. When the ghee has melted, add the onions
  6. Season with a little salt and cook, stirring, until the onions begin to crisp around the edges but are not burned, 5 to 10 minutes
  7. If you have the time, you can keep cooking them until they are well browned
  8. Remove half the onions from the pot and reserve for garnish
  9. Select CANCEL
  10. Drain the lentils
  11. Add the lentils, water, rice, cumin, and coriander to the pot and season with salt
  12. Stir well to combine
  13. Secure the lid on the pot
  14. Close the pressure-release valve
  15. Select MANUAL and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 6 minutes
  16. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure
  17. Very gently stir and place the lid halfway on the pot
  18. Let the rice and lentils rest for 5 to 10 minutes (do not stir)
  19. Transfer the rice and lentils to a serving dish
  20. Sprinkle with the reserved onions and serve

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