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Instant Pot Lentil Curry | Horse Gram Chutney

Instant Pot Lentil Curry - A lip-smacking 20-minute curry/ chutney, made with horse gram (brown lentil), is super delicious and super heatlhy. Make this to go with your rice!
Course Lunch
Cuisine South Indian
Keyword Lentil curry, Lentil Recipes, lentils
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 5 people
Calories 97kcal
Author Niveditha


  • Instant Pot
  • Blender


  • 2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 sprigs Curry Leaves
  • 15 medium Shallots , peeled and chopped
  • 4 medium Green Chillies*
  • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  • 1 tsp Coriander Seeds
  • 3/4 tsp Salt , adjust to taste
  • 1/2 cup Horse Gram Lentils , (100g)
  • 1 1/2 cups Water


  • Place the inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Set it to SAUTÉ mode for 15 minutes.
  • Add the sesame oil to the Instant Pot and wait until it gets hot. Then add in the curry leaves; let it sizzle.
  • Next add in the chopped shallots. Sauté until it turns translucent an soft. Once it does, add the green chillies and sauté for a minute.
  • Add the whole dry spices (cumin seeds and coriander seeds) to this and stir to heat it up. Then add the turmeric powder and salt; saute for a few seconds.
  • Immediately after, add the lentils and water. Close the Instant Pot and SEAL it. Set it to PRESSURE COOK mode for 20 minutes.
  • After the cooking time, Quick Release and open the Instant Pot. Transfer it all to a blender. Let it cool down a bit and the blender until almost* smooth.
  • Serve it with some cooked white rice and rasam!


  • You can use any other vegetable oil you like. I have always used unrefined flavorful oil like coconut oil or sesame or peanut oil.
  • Green Chillies are fiery and pungent Indian peppers. These are easily available at any Indian store.
  • Horse Gram Lentils are really nutritious lentils native to South India. You can find this online or in Indian stores. 
  • You can use regular brown lentils in place of horse gram lentils.
  • Since the ingredients are so minimal, ensure that you use all the ingredients mentioned above.
  • The texture has to be something in between coarse to smooth. 


Serving: 1serving | Sodium: 1.9mg | Sugar: 1.6g | Fiber: 6.7g | Potassium: 226mg | Calories: 97kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.8g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Fat: 2.2g | Protein: 5g | Carbohydrates: 15g