Lentils and Rice in a Bowl held in hands.

Lentils and Rice

This is not a one pot one mush recipe! This is perfectly but separately cooked Lentils and Rice still all in one pot! Pure magic! Instant Pot magic!

Course Main Course
Cuisine International
Keyword Lentils and Rice, Lentils and Rice Recipe, Rice and Lentils
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
NPR 10 minutes
Servings 5 servings
Calories 555 kcal


  • 9 oz dried green lentils 250g (soaked 8-12 hours)
  • 3.5 oz bacon 100g (optional, for vegetarian use 1 Tbsp avocado oil)
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tbsp coriander paste or 1/4 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • water
  • 2 cups white rice basmati or jasmin
  • 2 cups water
  • sea salt
  • pepper
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard
  • cilantro
  • red chili
  • 1-2 tsp ají amarillo (optional) (Peruvian yellow chili paste)


  1. Soak your lentils in abundant. water on your kitchen counter for 8-12 hours, then drain and rinse well.

    (If you are a slow chopper, chop onion and bacon before preheating pot)

  2. Press sauté on the Instant Pot to heat, then slice bacon, peel and chop onion and peel and crush garlic.

  3. Add bacon to hot instant pot and stir fry until golden, then add chopped onion and garlic and sauté until translucent.

  4. Add coriander paste (or finely chopped cilantro) and ají amarillo if using, and sauté for a couple of seconds then add a splash of water to deglaze the pot.

  5. Time to add soaked lentils, sea salt, pepper and cumin and enough water to barely cover all lentils. 

  6. Then place a large stainless steel stacking ring and trivet or a high trivet into the lentils and place an oven-proof ceramic (I used Emile Henry Clay Storage Jar) or glass or stainless steel container on top to add 2 cups rice, salt and 2 cups water to that container.

  7. Close the lid, turn the valve to sealing position, hit cancel to stop sautée function and then press "manual" (or pressure cook) button and make sure Instant Pot shows "high pressure" cooking and adjust timing to 5 minutes.

  8. In the meantime, wash, destalk and chop chard.

  9. Once Instant Pot beeps, leave untouched and wait for full natural pressure release. When the safety pin has dropped on its own, open, remove rice container and trivet and then add chopped chard and give it a quick stir.

  10. Place lid back on for 3-5 minutes, then serve, store or freeze.

  11. To serve sprinkle with freshly chopped cilantro and some red chili if desired.

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Lentils and Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 555 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 13mg4%
Sodium 272mg12%
Potassium 871mg25%
Carbohydrates 94g31%
Fiber 17g71%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 3690IU74%
Vitamin C 22.3mg27%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 5.8mg32%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.