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5 from 23 votes

Moroccan Instant Pot Lentils

These Moroccan Instant Pot lentils are perfect for meal prep! They are vegan, gluten-free, freezer-friendly and delicious.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Pot coming to pressure & depressurizing20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Moroccan
Servings: 8
Calories: 181kcal


  • Instant Pot


  • 1 cup whole brown lentils (or green lentils; uncooked, un-soaked)
  • 19 oz can of diced tomatoes (juices included)
  • 2 carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 1 onion (diced)
  • 2 ribs celery (chopped)
  • 4 cups sweet potato cubes (1 inch; 1 large or 2 small sweet potatoes)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne (increase it for spicy, omit for non-spicy)
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup (brown sugar or honey work as well)
  • 2 cups vegetable stock

Add after cooking

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • parsley (optional)


  • Combine all ingredients except the lemon juice in the base of a 6 or 8 quart Instant Pot.
  • Put the lid on, set the valve to 'sealing', and pressure cook on high for 15 minutes.
  • Allow the Instant Pot to naturally depressurize for 10 minutes before releasing the remaining pressure.
  • Stir in lemon juice and serve with rice, naan or quinoa.


  • Leftovers keep in the fridge for up to 4 days or the freezer for up to 3 months.

For a freezer Instant Pot meal

  • Assemble all ingredients except for the lemon juice in a heavy duty freezer bag, reusable silicone bag, or large meal prep container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw completely before cooking as indicated above.


nutritional info does not include rice or suggested accompaniments. 


Serving: 1/8 of the batch | Calories: 181kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 681mg | Potassium: 695mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 12390IU | Vitamin C: 11.9mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3.2mg