Red lentil curry in under 15… yes, please! I recently landed a very large private chef job & I purchased my Instant Pot in preparation. Large, healthy dinners without much thought in mere moments was needed for both our family (as I’ll be traveling weekly) and for my client. I got the Instant Pot in the largest 8 qt size (it’s huge) and have been experimenting with it. If you follow me on snapchat you may have seen some fun dishes I’ve been making.
This recipe is modified from Hannah Howlett’s. It came out great and we’ve been enjoying for fast dinners or lunches on the run. My daughter just ate a bowl for breakfast too. This recipe is oil, salt and sugar free. Packed with plant-based nutrients. The flavors are over-the-top and I cannot say enough for how delectable this dish is… I hope you give it a try!
Without an further adieu…
1 can of light coconut milk (not full-fat)
1 – 14.5 oz of crushed or chopped tomatoes (I used fire roasted organic)
2 cups of dry red lentils
3 tablespoons of tomato paste
1/2 onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 chunk (about 1.5 inches) of fresh ginger, peeled and minced
2 teaspoons of Better than Bouillon vegetable base
5 cups of water
2.5 tablespoons of curry powder
1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne (you can use more if you like it spicy)
1 cup or so of fresh spinach chopped
On the stove or if your pressure cooker has a sauté setting- dry sauté (no oil) the onions, garlic and ginger for 2-4 minutes. Then proceed to add the remaining ingredients withholding the spinach until the curry is done cooking. Place the lid securely on and close the venting spout. Press the manual button and set the timer for 15 minutes. Once the pressure builds, the pressure cooker will begin the timer/cooking process. Once completed – I let the cooker naturally release for an additional 10 minutes or so. Remove the lid and add your spinach. Stir around to wilt.
We served this with brown rice and topped with red chili flakes and fresh cilantro. I hope you enjoy! If you have a pressure cooker – please comment your favorite dishes to make!
Yesterday during my PT I was permitted to do an old fashioned stair stepper for 15 minutes. It was awesome and hard (loved it). So here is my update for the week so far:
Sunday: 2 dog walks/rest & elevate my knee with ice.
Monday: 1.5 hours of PT. Stair master, elliptical, bands and balancing work.
Tuesday: Gym. 1 hour of elliptical (2 different kinds), upper body strength and core work.
Make it a great day!
— Knead to Cook