Crockpot Red Lentils Recipe With Onions ( Instant Pot Version Also Included)
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Recipe type: Instant Pot
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 3-4 servings
  • Instant pot Red Lentils Recipe :
  • 1 cup red lentils, rinsed (4.7 oz) (137gms)
  • ½ cup tomato puree ( canned or if using fresh tomatoes I used 1.5 roma tomatoes)
  • 2.5 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1-2 tsp red chili powder or as per taste
  • ½ tbsp garlic paste
  • ¼ tbsp ginger paste
  • Tempering:
  • ½ red onion, sliced thin
  • 4-5 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • Extras:
  • Finely chopped fresh cilantro
  • Lime juice
  • Steamed rice or naan for serving
  1. Instant pot Red Lentils Recipe :
  2. Add all the ingredients under Instant pot red lentils recipe in Instant Pot and put the lid on. Turn on theHIGH PRESSURE setting for 12 minutes & let it release naturally.
  3. Once lentils are completely cooked and mushy, taste and adjust salt.
  4. Transfer the lentils to a pot.
  5. Tempering:
  6. Heat oil in a small deep pot. Once hot, add cumin seeds and wait until they start to pop. Be careful as they might sometimes pop out of the pot. Once they start to pop, add sliced onions and chopped garlic and saute for 5-7 minutes until onion and garlic is cooked and raw smell is gone.
  7. Turn off the gas and add red chili powder to this hot mix and stir. Immediately add this tempering to lentils.
  8. Mix and bring tempered lentils to boil.
  9. Taste and add freshly chopped cilantro .
  10. Serve with good squeeze of lime over rice or with naan!
Ami says:
Leftovers stay good stored in sealed container in fridge for 2-3 days! They are great for lunch or dinner! Since lentils have tendency to absorb water, when you heat it up make sure to add little water and adjust salt as per taste!
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