Lentils make an awesome meal, but can take a while to cook properly. By pressure cooking the lentils while you prepare onions and tomatoes, this half-an-hour dish will taste like it's been deliciously simmering for hours.

Step 1:

Dump a couple of cups of dry red lentils in a pressure cooker and cover with water. The best metric I've found is to cover them such that the water comes to a depth above the lentils equal to the distance from your finger tip to between the first and second knuckle.

Heat the water up and let it reach a boil, while stirring periodically to prevent the lentils on the bottom from burning. Seal the lid on, turn down the heat, and cook for 9 minutes at 8 psi. After 9 minutes, take the pressure cooker off the heat and either let it cool naturally, or vent it depending on how much volume you are cooking. If you have a larger volume, the lentils can overcook while they cool naturally.
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Pressure-cookers are under used. They are great devices that few people understand
Do not went the cooker when making large amoutns unless you want to riskj having mushy lentils spewing out of the vent with the risk of clogging the stema nozzles and exploding the cookers. This is something to think about when cooking any legumes or anything with broth.
I think that a lentil clog would blow long before a steel pressure vessel would unwind, but yea, too many lentils or other beans make a mess. Still, I can do up to a pound easy in my 6-quart pressure cooker. Another tip when doing beans or pulses is to add a tablespoon or so of oil to reduce the foam. I got that tip from /Diet for a Small Planet/
Delicious dish.

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