Instant Pot Lentils And Rice

Are you ready for a fast and simple meal? This Instant Pot Lentils and Rice recipe is calling your name! The best part about making this tasty dish is that it’s ready in just 15 minutes!

Not only is it fast to make, but it’s budget-friendly, too. You can feed your family for just pennies per serving and love eating every bite. Perfect for vegans and vegetarians as well!

One of the healthy perks of making these lentils is that you’re going to be upping your fiber intake for the day. There is also a good amount of protein that is found in this recipe, too – which is perfect for fueling your body for the day and giving you more energy as well!

Why This Recipe Works

The texture of rice and lentils is perfection. Instead of making Instant Pot rice and Instant Pot lentils separately, we’ve combined them both in a convenient one-pot meal!

Simple ingredients paired with big flavor is why we make this recipe over and over again. It’s a great side dish that is not only filling but is super easy to whip up quickly, too.

  • The flavor pairs with just about any type of main entree
  • This can easily be a side dish or an entire meal on its own
  • Making this in one pot means that clean-up is a breeze

Recipe Ingredients

ingredients needed to make lentils and rice in the Instant Pot

olive oil I love using olive oil, but you could also use avocado oil or coconut oil as well.

Onion Yellow onions or red onions work great.

Rice – I used long-grain white rice for this recipe, and this is the type of rice that I recommend. I would go with jasmine rice or basmati rice as my two rice options of choice.

Lentils – I used brown lentils here, but you can use brown, green, or black lentils in this recipe.

Vegetable broth – Vegetable broth adds great flavor and taste. You can also use water, but then you’d want to add in seasonings. Bone broth would work as well, but then it wouldn’t be vegetarian or vegan, so keep that in mind.

How to make Instant Pot Lentils and Rice

Before getting started, make sure that you have all your ingredients on hand.

Step One: Press saute on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil.

Step Two: Saute the onion until golden and crispy for about 3-4 min.

Make sure that you’re stirring the onions with a wooden spoon.

Step Three: Take out the onion and keep aside.

Add rice, lentils, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and vegetable broth to the Instant Pot and stir.

Step Four: Put on the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

When cooking time is complete, do a quick release.

Step Five: Fluff with a fork, topped with caramelized onion, lemon slice and cilantro and serve 🙂

plate of instant pot lentils and rice with a lemon garnish on top

Variations

Change up the type of rice – Using varied types of rice will change up the look and texture. Experiment with it and have fun.

Add delicious toppings – This recipe has a lot of flavors as is, but adding toppings is never a bad idea. Fresh cilantro is a delicious choice!

Helpful Tips

  • You do NOT need to soak the lentils beforehand in this recipe. The Instant Pot does all of the work for you and saves a lot of time.
  • Fluff the mixture with a fork prior to serving it. It won’t fluff up quite as much as plain rice does, but it will help with the texture.

Recipe FAQs

What is the best way to serve rice with lentils?

If you want to keep it a vegetarian dish, you can serve it with tofu. Or for a lighter vegetarian one-pot meal, serve it into a bowl and enjoy.

If you don’t mind adding in meat, added Instant Pot Garlic Chicken Breasts would be a great flavor, too.

Can you eat cold rice and lentils?

Yes, you can eat lentils and rice cold – or hot. I like to eat this one-pot recipe fresh from the Instant Pot, and then I’ll eat it cold the next day for leftovers.

You can also warm it back up easily in the microwave if you only want to eat it warmed up.

Are lentils good for your gut?

Yes, there are good gut health benefits from eating lentils! Since they’re higher in fiber than most food items, they’re great for helping regulate your days.

How long does this recipe last in the refrigerator?

This recipe will last for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. It is easy to reheat in the microwave or stovetop, and it makes great leftovers!

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Rice with lentils topped wit caramelized onion, chopped parsley and lemon slice
  • Press the saute botton on the Instant Pot and add the olive oil.

  • Saute the onion for a few minutes until golden. Once done, take it out and set aside.

  • Add the rice, lentils, coriander, cumin, garlic powder, salt, pepper and vegetable broth into the Instant Pot and stir well.

  • Put on the lid and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.

  • Once the cooking time is complete, do a quick pressure release and open the lid.

  • Fluff with a fork, add caramelized onion and cilantro on top and serve 🙂

Calories: 395kcal Carbohydrates: 72g Protein: 16g Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 1g Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 3g Sodium: 713mg Potassium: 576mg Fiber: 16g Sugar: 4g Vitamin A: 401IU Vitamin C: 4mg Calcium: 55mg Iron: 5mg

  • You do NOT need to soak the lentils beforehand in this recipe. The Instant Pot does all of the work for you and saves a lot of time.
  • Fluff the mixture with a fork prior to serving it. It won’t fluff up quite as much as plain rice does, but it will help with the texture.
  • Jasmine or basmati rice work best for this recipe.

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