Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot

Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – A classic Indian one pot meal that is full of flavors and aromas from whole spices, garam masala and the long grain basmati rice.

I have been trying to perfect my vegetable biryani in the Instant Pot for months now. After the success of my InstaPot Chicken Biryani recipe in just a few tries, I was surprised to see how much different it was to cook vegetable Biryani in the Instant Pot. Although I was using the same rice and similar spices, it took many failed attempts (mushy rice, undercooked rice, mushy veggies etc) before I got the technique right. The key was to choose the right kind of vegetables and also more importantly cut them right so they all cook within 6 mins of pressure cooking time. Continue reading “Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot”

French Toast / Bread Pudding – Instant Pot

French Toast/Bread Pudding in Instant Pot – This weekend I discovered an amazing recipe! A delightful and moist French Toast with texture of bread pudding, which tasted heavenly. Boys were elated for breakfast plus they had additional toppings to choose from – more butter, chocolate chips, bananas, more marmalade and maple syrup! For a family that mostly eats healthy, we went all crazy this weekend.  Continue reading “French Toast / Bread Pudding – Instant Pot”

Sprouted Lentils Khichdi – Instant Pot

Sprouted Lentils Khichdi – A protein packed, healthy and wholesome dish made with sprouted whole brown or green lentils, rice, ginger, garlic and spices.

I am obsessed with lentils and beans and my collection of them in my pantry keeps growing! With their long shelf life, they come in handy for making healthy and quick protein packed meals and snacks. I often soak and sprout a few different beans and use them during busy weekdays for meals. Sprouted lentils also have more vitamins and are easily digested. With Summer almost here, I am already enjoying the cool, crunchy and healthful sprouted mung bean salad. Continue reading “Sprouted Lentils Khichdi – Instant Pot”

Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot

Carrot Halwa, AKA ‘gajar ka halwa’, is a sweet stewed carrots dessert with a delicate aroma of cardamom and saffron!

This year we celebrated mothers day with this delicious Indian dessert cooked in the Instant Pot! The traditional carrot halwa recipes uses milk, condensed milk or evaporated milk. Since this is one of my favorite desserts and I can’t stop myself from overeating, I try to make it a little healthier. My carrot halwa recipe is almost dairy free, but I do use homemade ghee which can be substituted for vegetable oil. I substitute the milk and cream with almond milk and almond flour making it a healthier lightly sweetened dessert. Continue reading “Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot”

Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot

Chicken Biryani – The epitome of a one-pot meal made with aromatic basmati rice, tender chicken, spices and herbs that is cooked over low heat for the most delectable flavors.

Chicken Biryani is one of my most favorite dishes and definitely one of the most requested meals at my house. I say meal because you have your proteins and grains all together and you really don’t need anything else to accompany this dish. There are many variations of this recipe that originate in several states of India. My favorite, of course, is the one made by my mom that I grew up eating. I distinctly remember the day when her friend came over to teach her how to make “Dum Biryani”. They spent almost half of the day grinding fresh spices, frying batches of caramelized golden onions and then cooking the chicken marinated in yogurt and spices over long grain basmati rice. It was cooked on a low setting in a large pot with a tightly sealed lid. They actually sealed the lid with dough to make sure it was airtight! Hours passed. We all waited for the big reveal and when the lid opened our entire home was filled with a warm, deep spiced aroma. That was possibly the most heavenly biryani I have ever had. Thankfully, we had enough leftovers and it was surprising to see how much more the flavors developed the next day. Continue reading “Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot”

Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot

Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – A vegetarian, one-pot, gluten free dish with lentils, rice and vegetables, cooked in ghee, turmeric and red chili powder makes an amazingly flavorful comfort meal!

Khichdi, Khichadi or Kitchari is a nourishing porridge-like dish cooked with lentils and rice. Referred to as the Indian “comfort food”, it is often used for babies and the elderly, a healthy meal that is easy to chew, digest and SO good for the body! Continue reading “Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot”

Crispy Spinach, Mushroom and Onion Quesadillas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Didn’t I say we love festivals? As if Indian festivals that come almost every other week aren’t enough for us, we are always looking for a new holiday to celebrate and to make something special. Like yesterday, May 4th, after a long school-day and a crazy work-day, the boys  and I spent couple of hours right before dinner time, decorating star wars cookies!! May the fourth be with you! It was so much fun decorating and eating those scrumptious cookies. Please don’t ask what we had for dinner 🙂

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Chicken Tinga – Instant Pot

Chicken Tinga – An authentic Mexican recipe with a delicious, spicy and smoky shredded chicken cooked in onions, tomatoes and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Served on warm tacos or tostadas, topped with purple cabbage, radishes, avocado, pepper jack cheese and cilantro makes a perfect meal!

This year for Cinco de Mayo, I am making this flavorful dish in my instant pot to serve as a delicious taco filling. Chicken Tinga can be made ahead of time as the flavors get deeper and earthier. Continue reading “Chicken Tinga – Instant Pot”

Ethiopian Spicy Lentil Stew – Instant Pot

Misir Wot, Ethiopian spicy lentil stew, is a healthy, protein packed dish made with few basic ingredients and a flavorful berbere spice mix!

I enjoy Ethiopian cuisine and couldn’t wait to try my hand on some of the recipes. So I decided to make the Ethiopian Berbere Spice blend that I can use to season lentils, chicken and fish. I used Cayenne pepper, paprika, fenugreek seeds, dried ginger, coriander, cloves and few other spices that I had in my pantry. Here is a more detailed recipe for homemade Berbere Spice Blend. Continue reading “Ethiopian Spicy Lentil Stew – Instant Pot”

Berbere Spice Blend

Berbere Spice Blend is used as a seasoning in Ethiopian cuisine. It adds warmth and depth to fish, chicken and stews. I also love adding berbere spice to burgers, soups, tacos or in dips with olive oil and lemon juice.

Berbere represents a blend of cultural and geographic influences from the spices of India to the chile peppers of the New World. My version of this spice mix has hot peppers, black pepper, coriander, fenugreek, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Continue reading “Berbere Spice Blend”