Citrusy lentil soup – Instant Pot

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Citrusy lentil soup is a lightly spiced and tangy soup made with simple ingredients like lentils, tomatoes, oranges and some basic spices.

Schools were closed this week for the Blizzard of 2017 so I grabbed the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen with my boys. It was my younger son’s turn this time to cook something in the Instant Pot. He was so excited and this recipe was perfect for him to make!

The original recipe is from one of my favorite blogs, coniferesetfeuillus! Annika, the blogger, is a very talented woman with delicious recipes and gorgeous photography. Her posts are fun to read, and I love that she shares her experiences from growing up in an immigrant family from India.  Many of her stories resonate to my experiences as an immigrant.

This recipe calls for split pigeon peas which are commonly used in Indian households. It would also work great with split red lentils {masoor daal}.  I love how the tomatoes and spices seamlessly blend in this soup! Our oranges were a bit sour, so we added a little bit of brown sugar to compliment the tangy flavors making it a yummy sweet and sour soup.


Here is my 11 year old making the soup and being so proud of himself:

Do not forget to check the nutrition label for this super healthy and satisfying recipe!

citrusy lentil soup - Instant pot

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citrusy lentil soup in instant pot
Citrusy lentil soup - Instant pot
Citrusy lentil soup cooked in Instant Pot, is a lightly spiced, delicious and tangy soup made with simple ingredients such as lentils, tomatoes, oranges and few basic spices.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Archana Mundhe
  • 1 cup dried split yellow pigeon peas rinsed and drained
  • 3 plum tomatoes diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp corinader powder
  • juice of 3 navel oranges about 1 1/2 cups juice
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar optional
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander finely chopped
  1. Add lentils, tomatoes, salt, turmeric powder, red chili powder, cumin and coriander powder to the Instant pot. Add 3 cups of water. Stir and close Instant Pot.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Manual (Hi) for 15 mins. Let the pressure release naturally.
  3. Open Instant Pot and blend the lentils with an immersion blender to make smooth puree.
  4. Add orange juice and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. I also added a tbsp of brown sugar to give a little sweet taste to the soup and to compliment the tangy flavors from tomatoes and oranges.
  5. Garnish with finely chopped cilantro leaves.
  6. Serve hot!


10 thoughts on “Citrusy lentil soup – Instant Pot

  1. Please forward my praise to your 11 year old, he made a very nice presentation..
    The soup looks fantastic and sounds just as good as it looks.. I don’t have an Instant Pot or my pressure cooker with me.. It takes up too much room in the truck for the little I use it.. But I could do this on the stove while I’m pittling around in the truck for extended times parked ?

    1. Thank you Pan for your kind words. I will pass them to my son. I am sure this recipe will come out good in the stove too. Needs very few ingredients for a super tasty soup.

  2. Looks lovely, Archana! And thank you for this warm intro; I am literally blushing! I hope you guys make this soup a regular in your home as it is in ours!

    1. Thank you Ellanor! This recipe is from my friend Annika. Do check her gorgeous blog too. Everyone in my family loves this healthy and simple soup.

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