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Instant Pot Lentil Stew Recipe

Lentil Stew is a vegan, gluten-free one-pot stew made with brown lentils and vegetables. Learn how to make instant pot stew in a few simple steps.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 2
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Hina Gujral


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 Cup brown lentil (sabut masoor dal), uncooked
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • ½ Cup chopped onion
  • ½ Cup chopped carrot
  • ½ Cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
  • ½ Cup chopped potato
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 Cup warm vegetable stock
  • ½ Cup spinach, finely chopped


  • Wash, and soak the dry lentil in 1 cup of water for 10 - 15 minutes or till you chop vegetables for the stew.
  • Set IP to saute mode for 5 minutes.
  • Add oil, garlic, thyme, and onion in the inner pot. Saute for a minute to release the aroma.
  • Next, add vegetables and saute for 1 - 2 minutes.
  • Drain water from the soaked lentil. Add lentil to the inner pot of IP. Add salt and pepper. Saute for the remaining set time.
  • Add warm vegetable stock. Stir to combine. Close the lid of the IP. Set the stew mode for 10 minutes. Move the steam valve to the sealing position.
  • After the IP beeps, release the steam manually. Open the lid, gently mash the lentils using the back of the ladle. Add spinach leaves. Stir to combine them into the stew. Taste the stew, if required add more salt or pepper.
  • Serve lentil stew warm with bread.


  • I have used dry, uncooked lentils for making the stew. If you are using canned lentils make sure to drain all the liquid and rinse them before adding in the stew. 
  • If vegetable stock is not available use 1 stock cube and dissolve it in 4 cups of hot water. Or you can use boiled pasta water to flavor the stew. 
  • If you are using frozen vegetables make sure to thaw them as per packet instructions before adding in the stew.
  • You can jazz up your stew with curry powder, cumin powder, turmeric powder, or red chili flakes.
  • If you are not vegan, then sprinkle parmesan cheese on your stew before serving. It is a total game-changer. 


Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 88g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Sodium: 1979mg | Potassium: 1490mg | Fiber: 34g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 6833IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 103mg | Iron: 9mg