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Pressure Cooker Smoky Lentil Stew

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This smoky lentil stew is the ultimate cold weather warmer. Simple, healthy and suitable for vegans, this lentil stew takes just 10 minutes in the pressure cooker!

I’m so into winter comfort food right now. If I could I would eat cheesy pasta every day of my life but I know that my health and general wellbeing would NOT thank me so I’m always in urgent need of something just as good that’s going to make me feel good as well.

And that’s exactly what you get from this smoky lentil stew. It’s full of flavour but uses ingredients which I pretty much always have on hand. The dream.

Overhead shot of pressure cooker smoky lentil stew on a mat over a marble background

Pressure cooker smoky lentil stew with a spoon on a mat over a marble background

Happy Sunday team! We have had a lovely weekend. Friday night I had a friend’s birthday drinks followed by a night out where Will and I drank a little too much which meant that Saturday was spent trying to recover in time to go round to our friends’ for dinner.

They cooked us the most amazing Mexican themed dinner including loads of different tacos and we got to try jackfruit for the first time. Have you tried it?

I didn’t really know what to expect but it was really tasty thanks to the amazing chipotle sauce they cooked it in.

Bowl of smoky lentil stew on a mat over a marble background

Overhead shot of smoky lentil stew with yoghurt and lemon

Today we’re spending the day at home working and watching back to back episodes of TV while stuffing our faces with various deliciousness. It’s the perfect day.

I’m also planning out what I’m making for dinners in the coming week and this pressure cooker lentil stew will definitely be on the list.

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Overhead shot of pressure cooker smoky lentil stew with an egg on top and a spoon

Why will you love this lentil stew?

For one thing most of the ingredients  in this recipe are things it’s easy to keep on hand so you can have delicious stew whenever you need it.

Secondly it’s just so easy. There’s just two steps and 10 minutes of pressure cooking to get this lentil stew ready to serve.

Finally the leftovers are amazing for lunches the rest of the week.

Bowl of pressure cooker lentil stew on a mat over a marble background

Overhead shot of pressure cooker smoky lentil stew on a mat over a marble background

Ingredients you need to make lentil stew

  • Olive Oil
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Cumin
  • Red Lentils
  • Vegetable Stock
  • Lemon Juice
  • Dill
  • Coriander
  • Kale

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this lentil stew…

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Bowl of smoky lentil stew with yoghurt on top

How do you make lentil stew?

  1. Start by setting your pressure cooker to saute and adding the oil. Fry the carrots and onion for 5 minutes then add the garlic, smoked paprika, cumin and lentils and stir together.
  2. Pour in the stock, season and then cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  3. Release the pressure then stir through kale, herbs and lemon juice and serve.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

Can you make lentil stew in the slow cooker?

To make lentil stew in the slow cooker add the carrots, onion, garlic, smoked paprika, cumin, lentils and stock to the slow cooker. Stir everything together and cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6 hours. Stir through the herbs, kale and lemon juice just before serving.

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Smoky lentil stew topped with a poached egg

Can I make this lentil stew on the stovetop?

To make this lentil stew on the stovetop heat the oil in a heavy bottomed pot over a medium heat. Add the carrots and onion and fry for 5 minutes then add the garlic, smoked paprika, cumin and lentils. Stir to get the lentils coated in the oil and spices.

Pour in the stock and bring to a simmer then cook for 20-30 minutes until the lentils are soft and have mostly disintegrated. Add the kale, herbs and lemon juice just before serving.

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Do you have to soak lentils before cooking them?

You don’t need to soak lentils before cooking them, just add them directly to the pot with the other ingredients.

Are lentils healthy?

Lentils are very healthy. They’re low in calories but they’re high in fibre and vitamins and minerals and have virtually no fat!

How to serve this pressure cooker lentil stew

I love mine topped with a runny poached egg, a scoop of yoghurt and extra herbs plus a sprinkling of nigella seeds and chilli flakes. I don’t think this needs any extra carbs as the lentils are really filling but a hunk of crusty bread never goes a miss with a bowl of stew if you’re feeling extra hungry!

Leave the egg and yoghurt off to make this vegan.

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WONDERING WHAT TO DO WITH THE LEFTOVER INGREDIENTS YOU’VE GOT FROM MAKING THIS PRESSURE COOKER SMOKY LENTIL STEW?

If you’re anything like me then you’re always looking for ways to save money and avoid food waste so I want to make sure you’ve get plenty of ideas on how to use up any ingredients that are leftover from my recipes!

Healthy Red Lentil Dal with Spinach

This is one of my other favourite lentil recipes!

This red lentil dal is perfect when you're craving that curry flavour but you want something quick and healthy. Serve with yoghurt and mango chutney.

Tomato & Halloumi Bake with Courgette

Use your smoked paprika and cumin in this easy vegetarian dinner

Bowl of tomato and halloumi bake on a blue background with checked cloth in background

Bowl of smoky lentil stew on a mat over a marble background

Pressure Cooker Smoky Lentil Stew

This smoky lentil stew is the ultimate cold weather warmer. Simple, healthy & suitable for vegans, this stew takes just 10 minutes in the pressure cooker!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 393kcal
Author: Amy

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Carrots chopped
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 3 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 250 g Red Lentils
  • 750 ml Vegetable Stock
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 200 g Kale
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • Fresh Dill & Coriander to serve
  • Poached Eggs to serve, if desired, leave off for vegan version
  • Greek Yoghurt to serve, leave out for vegan version
  • Nigella Seeds and Chilli Flakes to serve

Instructions

  • Set your pressure cooker to saute and add the oil. Add the carrots and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add the garlic followed by the smoked paprika, cumin and lentils and stir to get the lentils completely coated.
  • Add the stock and season with salt and pepper then seal and cook on the stew setting (high pressure) for 10 minutes. Stir through kale, lemon juice and a handful of chopped dill and coriander. Serve topped with yoghurt, nigella seeds and a poached egg if desired.
Nutrition Facts
Pressure Cooker Smoky Lentil Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 393 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 799mg 33%
Potassium 1115mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 55g 18%
Dietary Fiber 22g 88%
Sugars 6g
Protein 19g 38%
Vitamin A 244.8%
Vitamin C 98.9%
Calcium 15%
Iron 38.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Notes

Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Amanda
    14/10/2018 at 9:03 PM

    We’re having our first snowy day of the season, and this looks perfect! I need something warm and comforting. Can’t wait to make this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/10/2018 at 10:32 AM

      Thanks Amanda!

  • Reply
    Noel
    14/10/2018 at 9:18 PM

    I love recipes that give enough leftovers to count as lunch for several days! Sure makes things easy in the morning!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/10/2018 at 10:32 AM

      Same!

  • Reply
    Diana
    14/10/2018 at 10:23 PM

    I’m always on the look out for new ways to cook lentils, and I really like the sound of this recipe. Looks very delicious!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/10/2018 at 10:32 AM

      Thanks Diana 🙂

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    14/10/2018 at 11:16 PM

    Pure comfort food! I always have lentils in my pantry!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/10/2018 at 10:31 AM

      Thank you!

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala @ DeliciousLittleBites
    14/10/2018 at 11:50 PM

    I’ve already started making soups for the freezer and I’m adding this one to the list this week. All I need are carrots! I love a soup that uses a lot of my pantry staples!

    • Reply
      Amy
      15/10/2018 at 10:31 AM

      Thanks Lauren!

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