Instant Pot Somali Lentil Stew

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Healthy, delicious and hearty Somali inspired lentil stew made in an instant pot. This lentil stew is generously flavoured with ginger, cumin, and curry powder, a hint of cinnamon and fresh lemon juice. The fresh veggies in this stew are onions, garlic, bell peppers, sweet potato, carrots and jalapeno peppers. Everything in this Somali lentil stew is healthy. For creaminess and richness, this Somali dish also includes coconut milk. I can’t tell you how delicious this vegan lentil stew is! This is one of the most flavourful lentil dishes I have made.

 

somali lentil stew

 

What I love about this naturally gluten-free lentil stew is that it takes only 15 minutes to cook. By cooking this ethnic dish in the instant pot, the ingredients retain most of the nutrients—more than other cooking methods. And, you can walk away once you set the pot to cook function. The veggies and lentils are cooked to perfection, and the plant-based recipe couldn’t be easier.

 

instant pot lentil stew

 

 

the lentil stew details,

There are very few steps to make this stunning Somali lentil stew. The list of ingredients may look overwhelming, but it is mostly spices, which is what makes this lentil dish so incredibly tasty. To start, saute the onions, then add all the other ingredients except coconut milk, cilantro and lemon juice. The stew is cooked under high pressure for 10 minutes and then finished with the last three ingredients. You don’t even have to soak the lentils before cooking. Done!

 

vegan stew

 

stovetop version,

If you don’t have an instant pot, you can make this lentil dish on the stovetop. To cook the stew on the stovetop, follow steps as per recipe except increase the cooking time by about 20 minutes. The stew should be cooked over medium-low heat until the brown lentils are tender.

 

lentils

 

health benefits of lentils,

Lentils come in various colours. Brown, green, black, orange, gold and coral. All the lentils have different textures and flavours. However, nutritionally they are pretty much the same, except for black lentils. They are the healthiest. I like to use brown lentils because they are smaller than green lentils, and in my opinion, they have a better texture, and I prefer the flavour.

Lentils grow in pods like beans and peas, so they are considered legumes. This tiny legume is low in calories and rich in dietary fiber, about 15.6 grams per cup of cooked lentils. This immune boosting lentil salad is especially delicious!

 

vegan lentil stew

 

I am super excited to share this Somali inspired lentil stew recipe, because it is naturally gluten-free, delicious, packed with healthy nutrients and quick and easy to make. Serve with rice or  gluten-free naan bread. Enjoy

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Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large red or yellow bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium sweet potato, cubed (should make about 2 1/2 cups)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 jalapeno peppers, diced (if you want to cut back on spiciness remove the seeds)
  • 1 Tbsp. Grated or minced ginger
  • 1 Tbsp. GF ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. GF curry powder
  • 1/4 tsp. GF ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. brown lentils (2 1/4 cups), rinsed
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 3 Tbsp. Fresh lemon juice
  • Optional toppings; lemon slices, chopped fresh cilantro and thinly sliced jalapeno peppers
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    Instructions

  • Set instant pot to saute function and add olive oil. When the olive oil starts to shimmer, add onions and cook until softened. About 5 minutes
  • Add garlic, bell pepper, sweet potato, carrots, jalapenos, ginger and spices. Stir to combine and coat with the onion mixture.
  • Add tomato sauce and lentils and give it a good stir. Add water and salt, cover and set the instant pot to manual. Cook under high pressure for 10 minutes.
  • Once done cooking, use the quick release function and release the steam
  • Stir in coconut milk, cilantro and lemon juice. Reheat if needed, and enjoy with a bowl of rice or naan bread
  • Stovetop; follow steps as per recipe except increase the cooking time by about 20 minutes. The stew should be cooked over medium-low heat until the brown lentils are tender.
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    6 Responses to Instant Pot Somali Lentil Stew

    • Mike January 29, 2021

      Amazing dish!!! Make extra, you will want thirds

      • Kristina January 30, 2021

        I agree with you Mike and thank you

    • John.the chef March 5, 2021

      I just bought an Instant Pot and this was my first recipe. I must say, I was amazed how delicious this stew came out, and it was so easy to make. Thank you, your recipes are super easy and delicious!

      • Kristina March 5, 2021

        thank you John, I hope you will try some of our other IP recipes, they are just as easy and delicious!

    • khadija isa gumel August 11, 2021

      Do u know how many calories in 1 serving

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