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hey guys welcome back to another video.
today I’m showing you had to cook lentils in the Instant Pot and I’ll show
you three easy lentil recipes. I’ll show you the various cook times and methods
for different kinds of lentils so you can eat healthy and save time in the
kitchen. and if you’re looking for more delicious vegan recipes I have a lot on
my blog, or on my
Instagram @rainbowplantlife and you can find those links in the description
box below. and before I get to the lentils I want to mention two things. one,
if you enjoy this video, please hit that thumbs up button. it’s always very
much appreciated when you do. and two if you want to see more healthy instant pot
recipes or more vegan instant pot recipes, just let me know in the comments down below. the first recipe I want to share is a red lentil sweet potato soup.
red lentils are great for a soft or pureed dish like an Indian dal, a curry
or soup, which is what I’m making today. to start this soup you’re going to turn
on the Saute setting of your Instant Pot, add some coconut oil and saute diced
onion for a few minutes until it starts to soften. then you’re gonna add in some
fresh ginger and garlic for flavor. next comes some curry powder and turmeric and you’re just gonna cook that until it’s fragrant. now pour in some vegetable
broth. you can use water if you prefer but it’ll be a lot more flavorful with
the broth. finally add in the red lentils, along
with some cubed sweet potatoes and salt and pepper to taste.
just give the soup a stir and now your work is done.
seal the Instant Pot, turn the venting knob to the Sealing position, and select
the Manual setting and bring it to high pressure for 10 minutes.
once the 10 minutes is up, allow the pressure to release naturally for 10
minutes, and then open up the pot. give your soup a taste for seasonings. you
might find what it needs more salt or if it’s too acidic you can balance it out
with a little bit of sweetener. and that’s about it – your lentil soup is
ready to eat. the second recipe I’m sharing our Indian
style black lentils. Black Beluga lentils hold their shape when they cook so
they’re great for a side dish or in a salad and they take about 10 to 12
minutes in the Instant Pot, depending on how firm or mushy you like your lentils.
you can cook lentils in plain old water if you want, but lentils are like little
sponges, so they absorb whatever they’re cooked in, so I really recommend starting
with some flavor. I like to start by sauteeing some onion and garlic, maybe
some green chilies and ginger depending on the flavors I’m looking for. and then
I cooked them in vegetable broth to give a little more flavor. I’m going to start this dish in the
exact same way I started this soup. heat up some oil on the Saute setting of the
Instant Pot. the first step is to fry some cumin seeds, which is traditional in
Indian cooking to add some flavor. then you’re gonna add green chillies, but if
you can’t tolerate spicy foods you can omit this step. now add in diced onion,
followed by garlic and ginger, and these are all flavor building blocks. then
you’ll add in a mixture of Indian spices. the exact measurements are in the
description box below. and finally you’ll add in black Beluga lentils, vegetable
broth and salt to taste. as with the first recipe, just give it a
stir and let the Instant Pot do the rest of the work. you’ll follow the exact same
directions as with the first recipe. after the pressure has been released, I
like to add in a little bit of vegan butter. it makes the lentil softer and
creamier, and then I also add in some cilantro for something fresh and bright. and the last recipe is a basic brown
lentil. these are great to add to your meal prep or to a salad or wrap or
anytime you need a protein fix. and for brown or green lentils you want to cook
them for about 12 to 15 minutes depending on, again, how mushy or firm you like your lentils. This final recipe starts off pretty similarly to the other ones. just saute some green chili, onions, and garlic in coconut oil and season with salt. then you’ll add in brown lentils and vegetable broth. for brown
lentils, you’re gonna cook them a bit longer. I’m doing 15 minutes at high
pressure, but if you like your lentils on the firmer side ,you can do 12 or 13
minutes. one of the questions I’m frequently
asked is “what are the best foods to eat on a vegan diet?” and there are so many
options, so many delicious and healthy options in the plant-based world. but
something that’s always at the top of my list are lentils. they’re tiny little
superfood packed with high quality protein, fiber that helps you
stay full, iron, tons of minerals and vitamins, as well as antioxidants. and if
you’ve never cooked your own lentils because you’re not sure how or it’s easy
enough to just buy it in a box or a can, then I think you’ll love these recipes
because they’re so simple. unlike cooking lentils on the stove you don’t need to
soak them for the Instant Pot. and unlike cooking lentils on the stove, you don’t
have to constantly watch them to make sure that they don’t burn or get too
mushy. just put them in the Instant Pot, walk away, go do your own stuff, and then
come back when they’re done. I hope you found this video for how to cook lentils
in the Instant Pot helpful, and if you have any suggestions for future video
topics let me know in the comments below. thank you so much for watching and I’ll
see you in the next video.

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  1. Fantastic video, Nisha! I hate cooking lentils and beans even though I love them so I usually just buy canned, but not anymore!

  2. I've had an Instant Pot for almost a year now, and I love it, but I would like to use it more. So, yes please on some more IP recipes 👍

  3. New subscriber here! I'm transitioning to a vegan lifestyle and your videos have been really helpful so far. Thank you for making these wonderful videos!

  4. And I was expecting just your most basic lentil recipe, but no this is three of full-blown, all the flavors, super delish recipes😋😋 That vegan butter at the end trick sounds SO yummy!

  5. Yummy! I love lentils in a bunch of ways! And these recipes sound so good and full of flavor! Thank you for them!

  6. Never thought I would get excited about lentils but here I am! We have the same instant pot and I can’t wait to try the recipes (or more accurately I can’t wait to have my husband make them for me lol)

  7. Awesome ideas. I haven’t used my instant pot yet but I’m totally going to cook lentils this way from now on. Also, my two year old daughter loves your channel! She always screams your name in excitement when we watch a new video 🙂

  8. Welcome Back, new vegans here, my wife and I have missed watching you and the new cooking tips. Thanks

  9. I was given a pressure cooker. I thought I would never use it, but it is so amazing for lentils and beans. I never soak anymore, and I cook fresh lentils and beans way more often.

  10. All your tutorials and videos are so beautiful, well-executed, and relaxing besides being helpful, thank you so much for your efforts!

  11. This look so delicious, love your recipes! I didn't realize how versatile the instant pot is, definitely need to use mine more 😊

  12. I made the red lentil sweet potato soup. It was seriously so delicious! I’m not vegan, but this recipe can literally turn me vegan. It was absolutely good.

  13. The 'let pressure release naturally for 10min' is confusing..
    do I incorporate that time into the cooking time?
    10min seems a bit long to have the food sit in the heat..
    I worry about having overcooked mushy food

  14. Awesome and simple! I'm vegan and just ordered an Instant Pot and was looking for ideas, glad I found your beautiful channel and subscribed of course! 🙂 Please more IP vegan recipes!

  15. Thanks for the video! Just got a new instant pot and I could use more plant based recipe ideas. I would life it if you made more videos like this! Thanks!

  16. I am so excited to have found your channel. I absolutely love lentils and was looking for more simple recipes I could use with my IP. I can’t wait to try them all💕

  17. I've a regular pressure cooker and it's too old to function well, so I'm planning on replacing it with an instant pot. I cook lentils and indian dishes so often that I had to make sure I can use instant pot to cook those before I make the investment. After watching your video I'm dead set on getting the instant pot. It looks so versatile and waaaaay easier to use than the old school pressure cooker. Can't wait!

  18. Thank you I’m going to have this for dinner tonight. Can I please ask do you make your own vegetable broth? If so how please?

  19. Thank you for sharing. I am vegan too. I was wondering how long do I cook 'mung beans' for in the instant pot 'duo' I've noticed I don't have the manual setting button on mine. But i do have pressure level/time

  20. Yay my husband just got me the Instant pot for Xmas!!!! He thought I didn’t know anything about it. I’ve been curious about it and wanted one bec every time I would see a video like this one with it I would say “oh bummer I can’t do it”

  21. We made the Red Lentil Sweet Potato Soup tonight, soooooo good! –will definately make this again, saved to face. Thank you!

  22. I recently got an instant and today I made some sticky rice. So excited I made rice for the first time without burning 😂 the instant pot made it so easy. Now I am excited to try out the first lentil recipe!

  23. Thank you for making this video! I have been trying to cook edible lentils. I'm still a novice at cooking and even more now that I am trying to become vegan. Thank you 🙂

  24. Thank you so so much…. I can't wait to try the red, brown & I have French Green…It looks so simple…I don't know quantities you used but will
    zip over to your blog & find out… Please share what machine you used to get the sweet potato so perfectly cubed…that in itself would make a
    super fun video….I want whatever you used…hope it's still available ! ~cheers~ loved all three meals!

  25. I'm a trucker travelling the roads of America, I like to see these crockpot recipes because all I cooks with in my truck is my pressure cooker, so soups is great

  26. Thank you for these wonderful recipes! I'm not a vegan but I've always loved lentil soup. Now I have a flavorful way to prepare them without meat!

  27. Great, efficient video, conveying simple recipes that seem like they'll be very tasty. Thanks for this!! Off to put some lentils in the instant pot right now.

  28. Hi. Did you naturally pressure release the brown or green lentils after the 15 mins(for 10 mins) or quick vent. I think my instant pot seems to take closer to 20 mins to naturally vent which could possibly then over cook things. So just wondering how you did it with the green lentils thx !

  29. Please make an authentic vegan curry and explain the spices that you use before you grind them. The one favorite dish I used to like before going vegan was authentic brown chicken curry and I'm unable to find curry spice mixture for a vegetable curry. Help please!

  30. Hi Nisha, what is your favorite Kichidi recipe ? My Didis taught me how to make it and I adapted it a la Instant Pot. I would love to see how you make. Also Raitha is a breakfast favorite of mine. I love Satvic food. All your food is Satvic. It nourishes body, mind and soul.

  31. I don't know how people are even able to cook lentils in the instant pot. Ours says burn everytime. It also does that for rice now, which it didn't do the first few uses. Now we have to put oil of some sort in the rice/water.

  32. Hey in "cooking under pressure" I read that brown lentils only need to cook for 6 minutes. How come you cook them for up to 15 min? I'm confused haha

  33. you are so cute!! I just found you and definitely, I will subscribe I was looking for a vegan instant pot savy!!!

  34. Like the background music, she gorgeous, and like she does vegan, just didnt give the water quantity for the meal.

  35. coconut oil is not healthy. highest form of saturated fat. clogs arteries and makes heart disease possible in vegans. also, it's soo easy to saute without oil. it's unnecessary to use oil and just adds extra calories and pro-inflamation. according to science, these are not healthy ways to eat lentils.

  36. Just got my IPot and want to thank you for helping with these recipes. I'm vegan and LOVE lentils. Are they really just as healthy unsoaked as soaked. Does it make any difference. I've never made beans/legumes without soaking.

  37. I would find this video a lot more useful if you could put out a version of it that does not use any oils. This is a favorite item among many vegans.

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