This Instant Pot sweet potato vegan curry is made in no time and with ingredients, you probably already have on hand! So grab your Instant Pot because you’ll never want to make vegan curry any other way.
Prep Time:10 minutes
Cook Time:17 minutes
Total Time:27 minutes
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3 cups water
2 sweet potatoes, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1 cup red lentils or dried split peas
1.5 teaspoons fine sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
½ cup full-fat coconut milk
1 cup chopped kale, stems removed
optional: 1/2 tablespoon Frank’s hot sauce
optional: 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup
Press Sauté and add the olive oil to the Instant Pot. Once the oil is hot but not smoking, add the onion, curry powder, and ginger and stir just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Press Cancel to stop the cooking cycle.
Add the water and use a wooden spoon or spatula to scrape the bottom of the pot, making sure nothing has stuck. Add the sweet potatoes, carrots, lentils, salt, and a few grinds of pepper. Stir well to ensure the lentils are covered in water, then secure the lid and move the steam release valve to Sealing. Select Manual/Pressure Cook to cook on high pressure for 1 minute.
When the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 3 minutes, then move the steam release valve to Venting. When the floating valve drops, remove the lid and add the coconut milk and kale. Stir until the kale has wilted, about 2 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasonings as needed, adding the hot sauce or maple syrup if you want it hotter or sweeter!
Serve the curry warm over the grain of your choice and garnished with the cilantro. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 1 week.
Red lentils cook much faster than other varieties, so I don’t recommend swapping them for green or brown lentils here. You would have to increase the cooking time, which would overcook the other vegetables.