Rice Cooker Lentils Vindaloo

Did you know that you can make lentils in the rice cooker? This rice cooker lentils vindaloo is a true one-pot meal!

Did you know that you can make lentils in the rice cooker? This rice cooker lentils vindaloo is a true one-pot meal!

This baby has had me craving Indian food like nobody’s business, y’all! Cooking Indian food at home can seem a little daunting: so many recipes I see call for lots of ingredients and long cooking times, but making Indian food doesn’t have to be complicated or take a long time! This super easy lentils vindaloo recipe is living proof.

Honestly, at this point in my pregnancy easy meals are all I have the energy for, so I’ve been constantly trying to find ways to make dishes that are both simple and satisfying. One of my favorite tools for cooking up yummy meals with minimal work is my rice cooker.

You might think a rice cooker is just for making rice, but you can actually use it for almost any grain you want to make, and after some experimenting I learned that you can use it to make lentils, too! Add in some jarred vindaloo sauce (cheating, I know!), and you’ve got yourself a quick, deeply-seasoned bowl of delicious!

Rice Cooker Lentils Vindaloo


  • 1/2 cup French lentils
  • 1/2 cup quinoa (you can also do half quinoa and half amaranth, if you want!)
  • 1 cup chopped red cabbage
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 tablespoons vindaloo paste
  • optional garnishes: plain soy yogurt, mango pickle, mango salsa, sliced almonds, chopped green onion

Cooking Directions

  • Pile everything into the rice cooker, give it a good stir, turn it on, and go read a book. When the cooker pops, supper is served!
8 comments on “Rice Cooker Lentils Vindaloo
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  5. Nice recipe! But please be careful with pre-made sauces. They have an extremely high sodium content and you have no way to knowing the quality of spices and oil used. If you’re thinking about making Indian food more frequently, I’d suggest investing in some spices and trying to make the blend yourself!

    • Oh, I agree about jarred sauces, but for a busy weeknight meal, I’m OK with making the switch. Better to bust out a jarred sauce than pick up the phone and call for delivery, right?

      I wish I had the time to cook everything from scratch! I’ve got a nice stash of Indian spices and do cook from scratch when I have time. :)

  6. This sounds so good! I’ll have to see if my grocery store or Asian market sell vindaloo paste. Indian food is such feel good comfort food, don’t you think? It makes me feel so cozy. Maybe you should count yourself lucky that your baby has such good taste! ;)

    • Thank you, Cadry! If you can’t find the paste in the store, there are a few brands available on Amazon. I totally agree – Indian food is wonderful comfort food. All of those cozy lentils and veggies and deep seasonings!

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