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4.6 from 15 votes

Greek Lentils and Rice

Greek Lentils and Rice is a one-pot, one-step dish, that uses the Instant Pot to make this classic Greek cuisine! Simple and delicious!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Courses
Cuisine: Greek
Servings: 6
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Urvashi Pitre



  • Soak the lentils in enough hot water to cover them well, and let them soak while you get everything else going.
  • Turn on your Instant Pot to Sauté, and when it's hot, add 1 tablespoon of ghee. When the ghee starts to shimmer, add in your thinly sliced onion, sprinkle with a little salt, and sauté for about 5-10 minutes until the onions are crisping around the edges, but not burned. If you have some extra time before dinner needs to be on the table, keep cooking until they are well-browned.
  • Remove half the onions to serve as a garnish.
  • Place all remaining ingredients into the Instant Pot, stir well, and set it to High Pressure for 6 minutes.
  • Allow it to NPR for 10 minutes, and then release remaining pressure. You may still have a little moisture left in the rice. Stir it gently but well, and leave the lid half off and half on the pot. You want it to steam the rice, but you need some of that water to evaporate off as well.
  • Let it rest undisturbed for 5-10 minutes. Stirring frequently will break up the delicate rice.
  • Uncover and place into your serving dish, and sprinkle with the reserved, browned onions.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 215mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin C: 4.5mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg