Split Chickpea Lentils Curry | 20 Minutes Instapot | Cooking with lentils

This curry is savory, packed with protein and other nutrients. Try cooking your lentils with vegetables to make it more nutritious. 10 minutes of prep work and let your instapot do the rest.


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Have you been skeptical about buying those varieties of lentils just because you are not sure how to cook them? Well, how about getting started with Yellow Split Chickpea Lentils?

I have used Calabash/Bottle Gourd, but you may replace it with green apples!

Calabash/Bottle Gourd: This potassium rich hydrating vegetable is full of water (92% water) and minerals. It is frequently used in Indian and Chinese cuisines.

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Green Apples – The sour ones (Granny Smith): These apples have twice vitamin A compared to red apples and low in carbohydrates and sugar. Sure they are sour, but when cooked with right spices they turned out awesome addition to curries and soups.


≈ 1 cup Split chickpea lentils –washed and rinsed

≈ 2 ½ cups of water – to soak the lentils

≈ 2 Cups peeled & cut bottle gourd/Green Apples – Big chucks

≈ 1 tbsp Oil

≈ 1 tsp each: cumin and carom seeds

≈ 1 tbsp Curry Powder or ½ tsp each of the following ground spices: TurmericCoriander, Garam masala, Red chili

≈ 1 tsp cayenne

≈ 1 tsp Sugar – 2 tsp if using green apples

≈ 1 tbsp Lemon juice – avoid if using green apples

≈ ½ tsp black pepper or as per taste

≈ 1.5 tsp salt or per taste

≈ 3-4 fresh curry leaves (Optional

≈ 1 thinly sliced spring onion – for garnishing


» Add 2.5 cups of water into pre-washed and rinsed lentils. Keep aside. Soak for 5-10 minutes if you have time.

» Instapot: Saute the following in order – Oil, cumin seeds, carom seeds, curry leaves, curry masala (or substitute of spices listed in the ingredients)

» Add chopped bottle gourd or apples and lentils with the water

» Add salt, sugar, cayenne and black pepper. Stir to combine.

» Cover and pressure cook on high for 20 minutes. Release pressure manually if you are in a hurry or let it sit on warm for next 15 minutes.

» Serve hot in a bowl with rice or Roti. Garnish with spring onions and Dig in!

Note for cooking in a traditional pressure cooker:

1) cook on medium high for up to 2 whistles.

2) Do not release the pressure immediately if lentils are not pre-soaked.

3) Let it absorb all the flavors for a little longer.

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