Masoor Pulao (Lentil Pilaf) – Insant Pot

We love to have lentils and vegetables during the week for dinner. This is one of the dishes we make often enough but today was the first time I tried it in my Instant Pot and it worked like a charm. It was one pot and cut my cooking time in half. Lets look at my version of masoor pulao instant pot


  • 1 Tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1 green cube (Will post the recipe later, its basically ginger, garlic, cilantro and green chillies blended together and frozen)
  •  1 medium onion
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 2-3 cloves 
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 2-3 medium tomatoes
  • red chilli powder (as per taste, I use 1 tsp)
  • 1.5 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup brown lentils
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 2-3 potatoes diced
  • 3 cup water
  • cilantro for garnic
  • boiled egg for garnish

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  • Turn Instant pot on Saute mode, Once hot throw in the cumin seeds, cloves, bay leaf and cardamom
  • Once fragrant add the onions and the ginger garlic paste and let it cook till onions are translucent
  • Add tomatoes and all the powdered spices
  • Add lentils, rice, diced potatoes and water and give it a stir
  • Cancel the Saute function, close the lid and set the vent to sealing
  • Cook on HP for 6 minutes followed by Natural pressure release
  • Garnish with cilantro and boiled eggs and Enjoy!

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6 thoughts on “Masoor Pulao (Lentil Pilaf) – Insant Pot

  1. Hi, Looks good recipe. Did you soak the brown lentil and rice? If did, then for how many hours? I want to try this recipe, please suggest, thanks!

  2. Narmeen I’m about to try this recipe
    I don’t think my instapot has a way of controlling high or low pressure
    Simply had pressure cook so would the time required be longer ?

    ( on a side note I really admire your logo and am looking for something similar – May I ask who designed yours)


    Cayman Islands

    1. Hi Sonia, I believe you dont need to adjust time with regular pressure cook. Thank you for the kind comments, I designed my own logo 🙂

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