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Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup

This Instant Pot Red Lentil Soup is an easy, healthy, and fast meal to prepare. Ready in just 8 minutes with zero ingredient prep!
Course Appetizers/Side Dish, Main Course, Soup
Cuisine Indian, Middle Eastern, Pakistani
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 650kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Hand blender


  • 1 cup red lentils masoor dal
  • 1 teaspoon crused red chilli flakes adjust to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 5 cups water


  • Place red lentils in the instant pot.
  • Add the crushed red chilli flakes, black pepper and salt.
  • Add the lemon juice and water. Stir.
  • Place the lid of the instant pot, and turn the pressure valve to sealing.
  • Pressure cook (set to manual) for 8 minutes. Natural release for 10 minutes.
  • Turn the pressure valve towards venting, and vent the remaining pressure.
  • When the pin goes down, remove the lid.
  • Stir the lentil soup, and using a hand blender, blend the soup into a smooth consistency.
  • Pour into serving bowls, top with coriander and chillies. Enjoy with garlic bread.



  1. Red Lentils: These are perfect for soup as they break down and cook relatively faster than other legumes. 
  2. Spices: You can adjust the quantity of spices as per your liking. 
  3. Lemon juice: This recipe calls for very few ingredients, and lemon juice plays a key role in lifting the flavors of the soup. I highly recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice. 
  4. Hand blender: I use a hand blender for convenience, but you can also use a blender. 
  5. Storing: It can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freeze up to 1 month. 


Calories: 650kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2429mg | Potassium: 1803mg | Fiber: 56g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 670IU | Vitamin C: 20mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 14mg