Bright & Tasty Pressure Cooker Lentils
Bright, tasty, al dente lentils. My sister said it best after tasting this recipe, “Wow! This is not mom’s brown mushy lentils that we were forced to eat. I like lentils now!” And so will you. From start to finish, this recipe will only take a little over 20 minutes, with only 10 minutes cooking time under pressure (versus 45-60 in a regular pan)! The chopped tomatoes are the secret to keeping the lentils “springy” but not raw and giving the whole dish a bright flavor.
I like to serve these lentils as a main dish on top of polenta, or Basmati rice, with a swirl of unfiltered extra virgin olive oil and a little chopped parsley or basil on top.
|Pressure Cooker||Accessories||Pr. Cook Time||Pr. Level||Open|
|6 L or larger||none||10-15 min.||High(2)||Natural|
- SERVES: 6
- Serving size: One sixth
- Calories: 104.8
- Tot. Fat: 2.9g
- Tot. Carbohydrates: 14.2g
- Sugar: 1.7g
- Sodium: 400.4mg
- Fiber: 4.6g
- Protein: 5.6g
- Cholesterol: 0.0mg
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped (use it all from stem to leaf)
- 1 medium green pepper (not red, it comes out strangely sweet!)
- 1½ cups chopped tomatoes (or 14.5oz / 400g can)chopped tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- a few grinds black pepper
- 1 teaspoon curry powder (optional)
- 1½ cups (300g) dry lentils
- 2 cups water
- Add a dash of olive oil in your pre-heated pressure cooker and soften the onion, celery and pepper.
- When the whole mix is softened, add the chopped tomatoes and mix well.
- Sprinkle the salt, pepper and curry (if using).
- Now, add the lentils and water and mix well, rubbing the base of the cooker with the spoon to lift any brown bits that may have stuck there and incorporate them into the dish.
- Close and lock the lid of the pressure cooker. Turn the heat up to high and when the cooker reaches pressure, lower to the heat to the minimum required by the cooker to maintain pressure. Cook for 10-15 minutes at high pressure.
- When time is up, open the pressure cooker with the Natural release method – move the cooker off the burner and wait for the pressure to come down on its own (about 10 minutes). For electric pressure cookers, when cooking time is up count 10 minutes of natural open time. Then, release the rest of the pressure slowly using the valve.
- Open the pressure cooker and serve!