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Smoky Instant Pot Lentil Stew (Vegan, Gluten-Free)

Smokey Lentil Stew (Instant Pot & Stovetop Recipe)

  • Author: Instant Pot Eats
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Stew
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: European
  • Diet: Vegan


Healthy and delicious Instant Pot lentil stew with sweet potatoes and mushrooms. This hearty dish is lightly spiced but not hot and has a lovely smokiness to it. Enjoy as it is or with a side of rice, potatoes or pasta. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free.

This recipe was made in the 6-quart Instant Pot Duo pressure cooker.



2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, diced finely

2 celery sticks, diced into small cubes

1 medium carrot, diced into cubes (5 oz/150 g)

3 large cloves of garlic, diced

5 large mushrooms, diced (4-5 oz/ 125 g)

1.5 cups diced sweet potato (7 oz / 220 g)

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 teaspoon cumin powder

1 teaspoon dried thyme (dry rosemary or oregano can be used)

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 cup dry green lentils (6-7 oz / 180 g, unsoaked!)

1 can tinned chopped tomatoes (about 14 oz/400 g)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or A1 sauce)

1 tablespoon tomato paste 

500 ml vegetable stock (2-2.5 cups)

To serve: Greek or dairy-free yoghurt or sour cream, cilantro and fried shallots


  • Turn the Instant Pot and press the Saute function key. Once heated, add the olive oil, onions, celery and carrot and season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring a few times until softened.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and stir through. Press Cancel to stop the Saute function.
  • Pop the lid on and close, making sure the top valve is set to Sealing. Press Manual/Pressure Cook and set to 6 minutes on HIGH pressure. The Instant Pot will take about 10 minutes to build up the pressure.
  • Once done, allow about 10 minutes for natural pressure release and then use the quick release method (point the valve to Venting) to let off the remaining pressure.
  • Open and stir, taste for salt.  Serve with Greek or dairy-free yoghurt or sour cream, fresh cilantro and fried shallots (if you like).


Stovetop method: Repeat the Saute process in a heavy pot or saucepan. Once you add the rest of the ingredients, bring everything to a boil and then turn the heat down to simmering (low-medium). Cook for about 20-30 minutes, covered with a lid until the lentils are nice and soft. Stir a few times during cooking.