Lentils and Beans are super popular in the Indian Vegetarian diet. From eating a variety of delicious dals, curries, and khichdi's; pulses are a great way to add plant-based protein to your diet. They are budget-friendly and a must in my pantry. I am super excited to share my collection of easy, healthy, and delicious Lentil and Bean recipes with you!
Growing up in India, the whistling stovetop pressure cookers were a common sight and sound in every kitchen. I remember my mom using her pressure cooker every single day especially to cook lentils, beans, and rice!
Here in the US, I make sure that my kitchen is stocked with a variety of lentils and beans. When it comes to Indian cooking they are pantry basics. With a long shelf life, they coming in handy for quick and wholesome last-minute meals. Legumes are nutrient-rich and the main source of protein and fiber for many of my Indian dishes.
Lentils and beans are perfect to make creamy dals and delicious curries including the quintessential Indian soul food, Chana Masala. Using the Instant Pot to make these recipes packs in hours of slow-cooked bold flavors in minutes. Serve them with parathas or rice for a satisfying meal the whole family will enjoy.
Indian Recipes using Lentils and Beans
I’m excited to share this collection of popular lentil and bean recipes with you. Although these recipes use the Instant Pot Pressure cooker you can easily convert them to your stovetop pressure cooker. Here is a Tip - Every 3 minutes of Instant Pot Pressure cooking is equivalent to 1 whistle in the traditional pressure cooker. So go ahead and try these recipes for a hearty meal.
I hope you enjoyed browsing through these meatless Indian recipes and they inspire you to try incorporating legumes into your diet. These protein-packed meals are not only tasty but will keep you satisfied for hours. Best of all they are inexpensive, have a long shelf life, and are easily available.
- In most recipes, natural pressure release works the best allowing the lentils to cook soft and creamy
- Lentils and beans are best when used within 6 months of purchase date. Older pulses may take a longer time to cook. You may need to add additional 5 minutes of pressure cook time
- Organic beans and lentils also may need additional 5 minutes of pressure cook time
- I some recipes I recommend soaking the beans. If you do not have time you can flash soak beans in hot water for 20 to 30 minutes
- If your lentils are not cooking soft in the given pressure cook-time, you may have hard water. Using filtered water will help
Are there any specific lentils and beans that you are looking to try? Leave me a comment below and I will be happy to share the recipes with you. Happy Cooking!