Instant Pot Recipes - Indian Style
An instant pot is a way to cook faster and easier. Cooking in the hustle and bustle of morning hours, or cooking for many a large group is now easy. This gadget lets you cook anything and everything. You can even cook some of the all-time favourite Indian dishes. We have compiled some of the best recipes that you can try cooking in an instant pot!
Top 5 Indian Instant Pot Recipes
Rajma (called Kidney Beans in English) is one of the most popular North Indian dishes. It is the perfect combination of spices and is a burst of flavour in each bite. It is best had with plain rice or jeera rice. You can even have Rajma with roti.
- Kidney beans (dried)- 2 cups (Soak the kidney beans overnight)
- Kidney beans (dried)- 2 cups (Soak the kidney beans overnight) • Bay leaf- 1 • Minced garlic – 2 tsps. • Cumin seeds- 1 tsp. • Roughly chopped onion- 1 cup • Minced ginger – 2 tsps. • Serrano Pepper – ½ • Oil- 3 tbsps. • Fresh tomato puree – 2 cups • Water- 2 cups • Cilantro to garnish Spices: • Coriander powder, garam masala, and paprika- 1 tsp. each • Salt- 2 ½ tbsp. • Black pepper- ½ tsp. • Turmeric- ½ tsp. • A pinch of cayenne
Cilantro to garnish Spices:
- • Coriander powder, garam masala, and paprika- 1 tsp. each • Salt- 2 ½ tbsp. • Black pepper- ½ tsp. • Turmeric- ½ tsp. • A pinch of cayenne
- Soak rajma or kidney beans overnight in cold water. Drain the water, rinse the beans, and keep them aside.
- Make a smooth paste of onion and green chilli.
- In the instant pot, choose sauté option. Heat oil and add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds turn brown, add the onion and green chilli paste.
- Once the paste turns brown, add garlic, bay leaf, ginger, and give a quick stir. Cook for 5 minutes after adding the tomato puree. Stir less frequently.
- Add kidney beans and water to this now.
- Cover with lid and close the pressure valve. Use high pressure to cook for half an hour.
- After 30 minutes release the pressure naturally.
- Use the cilantro for garnishing. Now rajma curry is ready to serve with rice.
#2 Paneer Butter Masala
Paneer butter masala is a traditional Punjabi dish which has become very popular everywhere now. It is a creamy, delicious paneer dish with a subtle spicy flavour which is best served with naan or roti.
- • Ground turmeric or haldi powder, and ground cumin power or jeera powder- ½ tsp. each • Coriander or dhaniya powder and Cayenne or Red chilli powder- 1 tsp. each Whole spices: • Black peppercorns – 1 tsp. • Cinnamon – 2 sticks • Black cardamom – 2 • Cloves – 1 tsp. • Green cardamom – 5
- Add the whole spices to a cheesecloth. Tightly secure them and tie them to make a spice pouch. Alternatively, you can skip the whole spices, and use garam masala of 1 teaspoon or suit your taste.
- In the instant pot add all the ingredients, except paneer, honey, and cream. Choose the vent in the sealing position when closing the lid.
- Cook for 8 minutes in manual mode. You can also choose the pressure cooker mode.
- When you hear the beep sound, release the pressure naturally.
- If you have used the spice pouch, remove it now. Use an immersion blender or a regular blender to make a smooth paste of the ingredients in the pot. Wait till the contents become cool if you use a regular blender. After blending transfer it back to the pot.
- Now add honey and cream to the smooth paste. Stir thoroughly.
- Add the chunks of paneer. Stir to ensure the chunks mix with the sauce. Leave for 5 minutes, and close with a glass lid.
- Garnish using cilantro or dried fenugreek leaves, and serve.
#3 Aloo Gobhi
Aloo Gobhi is one of the best dry vegetable dish to make in an instant pot. The ginger garlic flavour complemented by crisp gobhi pieces and soft potatoes is a favourite among everyone. It is usually a little spicy and hot. Serve it with hot tawa rotis with butter on it.
Cilantro for garnishing Spices:
- • Ground turmeric powder- ½ tsp • Red chilli powder – ½ tsp. • Garam masala – ½ tsp. • Coriander powder – 1 tsp. • Salt – 1 tsp.
- Choose the sauté mode in the instant pot. Heat oil, and when hot add cumin seeds. Add green chilli and sauté for 30 seconds.
- Add minced garlic and ginger, and the diced onions. Stir.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and all the spices. Stir and add potato cubes. Again stir to mix well. Cook the potatoes slightly, which can take 2 minutes of sautéing.
- Drop the florets into the instant pot. Stir thoroughly. If there is deglazing scrape the pot, and add 1/8th cup of water if required. Now choose the cancel option in the pot, and close it.
- Cook the ingredients at low pressure for 2 minutes. You need to choose the pressure cook mode or manual mode for this. For coming to pressure, you need to wait for 10 minutes.
- Releaser the pressure manually when you hear the beep sound.
- Add dry mango powder to the pot and mix. Garnish with cilantro and serve aloo gobhi.
#4 Matar Pualo
Matar pulao is tasty rice dish that can be eaten on its own as well as can be eaten with dal or raita. It has a very soft flavour of spices complemented by the sweetness of matar (or peas in English). It is a quick and easy dish to make with very little ingredients needed.
- Basmati rice (soaked for 15 minutes) – 1 cup
- Cumin seeds – 1 tsp.
- Bay leaf -1
- Cinnamon stick -1/2
- Half an onion diced
- Whole cloves -2
- Fresh or frozen green peas – 1 cup
- Green cardamom pods – 3
- Water – 1 cup
- Oil – 3 tbsp.
- Salt- ½ tsp.
- In cold water soak the basmati rice. You can soak for about 15 to 30 minutes. Drain and rinse.
- In the instant pot add oil after pressing the sauté option. Heat it, and add cumin seeds. When the cumin seeds turn brown add cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf, and cloves. Stir and add the diced onion.
- You need to keep stirring till the onion turns brown. To this add water, rice, peas, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
- Close the lid and the pressure valve. Cook under high pressure for 6 minutes.
- Release the pressure for 10 minutes naturally. The remaining pressure can be released when you open the valve.
- Before serving use a fork to fluff the rice. Serve hot.
Khichdi is one of the oldest Indian recipes. It is a warm, comforting dish made out of dal and rice. Not only is to a delicious dish but is also very healthy. It is a light and easily digestable food which makes it a ideal dinner choice. You can even add vegetables in it to give it your own twist and serve it with curd or buttermilk.
- Basmati rice (soaked for 15 to 30 minutes) -1 cup
- Small yellow lentils or moong dal (soaked 15 to 30 minutes)- ½ cup
- Bay leaf -1
- Turmeric – 1 tsp.
- Ghee or oil – 2 tbsps.
- Water – 6 cups
- Salt – 1 ½ tsp.
- Cumin seeds – 1 ½ tsp.
- Ghee – for serving
- Soak basmati rice and moong dal in cold water. Set aside for 15 to 30 minutes. Drain the water after soaking, and rinse.
- Take the instant pot, and press the sauté button. Add oil to it. If using ghee instead of oil, add it. Heat and add the cumin seeds. Then add the bay leaf. When the cumin seeds turn brown add the rice and yellow lentils. Pour 6 cups of water and add salt. Add turmeric too. Mix well.
- Close with the lid, and close with the pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.
- For 20 minutes, release the pressure naturally. You can let off the remaining pressure when releasing the valve.
- Serve the khichdi hot with a teaspoon of ghee, and a pinch of salt.
Top 3 Indian Sweet Dishes to Make in Instant Pot
Cooking a dessert is time consuming and requires lots of efforts. When you choose an instant pot for making any of your favourite Indian sweet dishes you can save lots of time. It is a boon to own an instant pot when you are in a hurry to prepare desserts. Here are top 3 desserts from India that can be made in haste with your instant pot.
The thick pudding with a melting texture, and mouth-watering taste is the first choice of many for festivities. With a few main ingredients, which is often available in the kitchen is easy to make with the instant pot.
- Basmati rice (soaked for 15 to 30 minutes) – ¼ a cup
- Sugar – ½ cup
- Whole milk or full fat coconut milk – 3 cups
- Water – ½ cup
- Ground cardamom – ½ tsp.
- Golden raisins
- Crushed nuts of your choice- cashews or almonds or pistachios.
- A pinch of saffron
- Soak basmati rice. Let it remain for 15 to 30 minutes soaked in cold water. Drain the water after the set time. Rinse the rice. Keep it aside.
- Choose the sauté option in the instant pot. Add half a cup of water to this pot. When the water boils, pour milk into it. If you add milk before the water steams, milk can go to the bottom and get burnt. Mix well, and then add rice to the pot. Stir well.
- Close the pot with the lid. Close the pressure valve. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes.
- Release the pressure naturally.
- Press the sauté button. Now add a pinch of saffron, cardamom, and sugar. You can add more sugar or reduce it to suit your taste. The key is to ensure the ingredients are mixed well. When cooled, the kheer gets thick. When you want a thicker pudding, you need to go to the sauté mode again. Keep stirring till you get the consistency of your choice.
- Top the kheer with nuts of your choice before serving. Also, you can add the golden raisins before serving. The dessert can be served hot or cold. You can also serve it warm or at room temperature.
An easy to make delicious dessert is a favourite dish in the Indian household. It can be done using a variety of main ingredient. Bottle gourd, wheat, carrot, and sweet potato are common choice of the primary ingredient for making halwa. The process differs based on the ingredients. You can also go for the gluten free halwa by skipping cream or milk. Here goes the recipe for carrot halwa.
- Carrots (approximately of 250 grams, grated and shredded)- 4 cups
- Water – ¼ of a cup
- Sugar – ½ a cup
- Whole milk (Choose to use full-fat canned coconut milk, if you want a dairy free or vegan free halwa) - ½ a cup
- Ghee – 4 tbsps. (If you are choosing to make the dish dairy free, then use coconut oil instead of ghee)
- Cardamom (ground) – 1/8 tsp.
- Pistachios (chopped) – to garnish. You can also use other nuts of your choice.
- In the instant pot, add carrots. Pour milk and water. Secure the lid, and the pressure valve should be closed. Cook the ingredients for a minute. Choose the high-pressure option.
- After a minute, release the pressure. You need to pick the quick release option.
- Then choose the sauté option. Add sugar now. Now you need to keep stirring for the next 6 to 7 minutes. You might have to continue stirring until most of the liquid reduces. You need to stir fry for another 6 to 7 minutes after adding ghee. Or you need to keep stirring till you see the ghee separating from the halwa. The halwa should now look deep orange in colour.
- Add cardamom and mix thoroughly. Add the chopped nuts to garnish.
Kalakand is a fudge type dessert. This milk cake crumbles in the mouth. In the traditional method, the milk is reduced and sugar is added after that. This implies it takes a lot of time. With the instant pot comes the freedom of enjoying the dessert without having to spend so much time.
- Whole Milk ricotta cheese – 15 oz
- Sugar – 1 cup or 200 grams
- Ghee- 1/3 cup
- Water – 1/3 cup
- Dry milk powder – 2 ½ cups
- Chopped pistachios – 1 tbsp.
- Ground cardamom- 1 tsp.
- To the pot, add cheese, sugar, and water.
- Close it with the lid, and close the pressure valve. Cook the ingredients under high pressure for 11 minutes.
- Release the pressure quickly.
- Now add to the pot dry milk powder, cardamom, and ghee. Be careful as you stir, as the pot is hot. You need to stir and ensure all the ingredients are combined thoroughly.
- Transfer the mixture to a pan. Before that line it with the parchment paper of size 8 X 8. Garnish with the chopped pistachios, and shake the pan gently. This helps in levelling the fudge. This also helps in the pistachios to the fudge.
- It will take an hour for the fudge to cool down. Then put the fudge into the refrigerator for 3 hours to set.
- Then cut the fudge into small pieces, of desired shape and size.
- You can store it in an air-tight container for a week in the refrigerator.
Instant Pots are Not for Small Kitchens.
You've undoubtedly read and heard more about Instant Pots in the past few months. Though these miraculous machines have been around forever, now their multiple conveniences are making them more popular. But these pots are not good for small kitchens. This machine is not small-kitchen friendly. It may be harder to fit into smaller cabinets. If you have no space in the kitchen, then you can keep it on a table in the dining room.