Vegetable Manchurian – Instant Pot

Vegetable Manchurian – Veggie meatballs simmered in a spicy and tangy soy-ginger-garlic based sauce served over fried rice or noodles! A popular Indian Chinese recipe that is relished in India. vegetable manchurian

Indian Chinese is basically adaptation of Chinese spices and cooking techniques to Indian tastes. I remember the “indochinese” food sold on street carts while I was growing up in India. Dishes like chop-suey, schezwan and manchurian became immensely popular with everyone as it was tasty, quick and affordable. Growing up in a health conscious family, although I loved Indochinese foods I knew that some of them were loaded with soya sauce and many were deep fried. I then started to adapt many of those recipes and gave them a healthier twist. Home made fried rice and lo-mein noodles are on a repeat list in our house especially for quick weeknight meals. What I had never thought, was making vegetable manchurian at home. Just the thought of frying those veggie balls kept me away from making this dish. Then, Thank to a dear friend, I started using the IKEA veggie balls! They are sold frozen and come in handy for many recipes like malai kofta and kadhi pagodas! If you do not have an IKEA near you, I am sure you will find some good veggie balls at trader joe’s or whole foods. So here is an EASY vegetable manchurian recipe in the Instant Pot using frozen IKEA vegetable balls:

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Vegetable Manchurian - Instant Pot

Vegetable meatballs simmered in a spicy and tangy soya-ginger-garlic based sauce served over fried rice or noodles

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Indian
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Calories 350 kcal
Author Archana Mundhe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 cup onion diced
  • 2 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 2 teaspoon garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes optional
  • 16 IKEA veggie balls frozen
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoon vinegar I used chili vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoon arrowroot powder or corn flour mixed in 1/4 cup of water

Garnish:

  • red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro chopped
  • 2 tablespoon scallions sliced

Instructions

  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute(more) mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays add onion, ginger and garlic. Sauté for a minute. Add red chili flakes, veggie balls and broth. Give a quick stir.
  2. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual (Hi) for 4 minutes followed by Quick Release. Open the lid and set the Instant Pot to saute mode. Add soy sauce, chili vinegar and sugar. Add arrowroot (or corn) slurry.

  3. Mix well and cook until the sauce comes to a gentle boil. Add more red chili flakes for spicier taste. Garnish with cilantro and scallions.

  4. Enjoy hot over fried rice or noodles!

 

Summer Berry Cake – Instant Pot

Summer Berry Cake – A perfect tea cake made with mixed berries, lemon zest and dressed with luscious lemony glaze topped with more fresh berries!

I love cooking in my Instant Pot and this summer I took it to a new level with baking many cakes in my newest 9-in-1 Instant Pot DUO 60!

summer berry cake

We made several boxed cakes, breads, savory cakes and brownies. It was nice  to not heat up the whole kitchen with the oven and still have delicious bakes goodies. We loved the moist and dense textures and especially the convenience of the new 9-in-1 Instant Pot with its cake button.

As an Instant Pot super fan, this summer I was invited to be a guest on the Dr.Oz show. When I was asked to bring a cake made in the Instant Pot, I decided to bring my favorite, gorgeous summer berry cake!

summer berry cake

This is a basic vanilla cake with lemon zest and lots of berries. The lemony glaze drizzled over the cake is DELICIOUS and enhances the flavors of this not-too-sweet  cake. Plus can’t go wrong with more fresh berries on top along with some fresh mint?

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Summer Berry Cake

A perfect tea cake made with mixed berries, lemon zest and dressed with luscious lemony glaze topped with more fresh berries! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 475 kcal
Author Archana Mundhe

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries rinsed, dried and coated in ½ tablespoon of flour. (blueberries, chopped blackberries and raspberries)

Glaze

  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice from 1 lemon

Topping

  • 2 cup mixed berries
  • handful mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Grease and flour a 7” cake pan. I use Fat Daddios’ 7” push pan.
  2. In a large bowl Sift 1-1/2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl cream together sugar, egg, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and lemon zest until the mixture gets light and fluffy. Pour this batter over the flour mixture and mix well until all the dry ingredients are blended in. Gently fold in the berries in the batter.
    summer berry cake
  4. Pour the batter in the prepared cake pan. Cover the cake pan with a paper towel and then cover it tightly with aluminum foil.

  5. Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Place the cake pan on the trivet and carefully place the trivet in the Instant Pot DUO PLUS 9-in-1.
  6. Press Cake option(Hi pressure) and change the Mode to Less. Adjust cook time to 35 minutes. Allow Natural Pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
  7. Carefully take the trivet out and remove the aluminum foil and paper towel. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack. Take the cake out of the cake pan. 

    summer berry cake
  8. Once the cake is cooled, whisk powdered sugar, butter and lemon juice until very smooth. Drizzle over the cake letting it trickle down the sides. Allow the glaze to set for 10-15 minutes before topping the cake with more berries and mint. 

  9. Enjoy! It will stay well covered at room temperatures for 2-3 days!

Recipe Notes

Notes:

I would recommend using fresh berries instead of frozen. With frozen berries I have seen varied cook times. It takes additional 10-15 minutes for the cake due to the extra water content in frozen berries. 

 

To make this cake in the 7-in-1 Instant Pot DUO, use same cooking time. 

 

Ministry of Curry’s Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 Review and Giveaway

Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1 is the next evolution in the Duo Series, the #1 best-selling pressure cooker in the Instant Pot family. AND it can be yours for FREE! Please read my review below and follow instructions on How to WIN your very own.

For over a year now, my readers have joined in my journey of creating delectable international recipes in the Instant Pot. I am proud to share that several of my recipes are now published in Instant Pot’s new APP. I am astounded with the cooking experience and I now enjoy cooking with my children more than ever. It is gratifying to see the entire family involved in the kitchen; appreciating the food and creating fun memories along the way.

Recently Instant Pot released a new model. I was thrilled when they asked me to review it. I am excited to share my review for Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 after testing it for a couple of months!

Would you like to WIN this Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1? Check out the GIVEAWAY details at the end of this post!

To start with, here are some basics on what the model name ‘Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1’ means:
  • Instant Pot: A programmable smart cooker with preset cooking instructions for different foods and cooking methods.
  • Duo: With two pressure settings (high and low)
  • Plus: With preset “Egg”, “Cake” and “Sterilize” buttons
  • 60: With six Quart Inner Stainless steel insert
  • 9-in-1: With 9 commonly used kitchen appliances in 1 – Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice/Porridge Cooker, Cake Maker, Yogurt Maker, Sauté/Searing, Steamer, Warmer and Sterilizer.

Instant Pot Duo Plus 60

The New Duo Plus 60 9-in-1 comes with:

  •  15 Smart programs – Soup/Broth, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Cake, Egg, Slow Cook, Sauté/Searing, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Sterilize, Yogurt, Keep Warm, and Pressure Cook.
  • 3 Adjustable modes – Less, Normal and More; depending on the desired texture or type of food being cooked.

Some differences between DUO and the new DUO Plus models:

  1. A new, large, blue LCD display panel with 4 new cooking icons: Heating, indicates preheating or cooking in progress, Pressure Cook, confirms pressure cooking has been selected, Keep Warm and Sound confirms if it is ON or OFF.
  2. A Pressure Cook button instead of a Manual button which helps clarify that Instant Pot is indeed an electric pressure cooker.
  3. A new and improved user manual to get a quick jump start on how to use the Instant Pot Duo Plus 60. It is easier to read and follow instructions on getting started, initial water test, troubleshooting, etc. My favorite is the “Control and Features” section that is very helpful and easy to follow. If you misplace your Manual, they also have an online version. I would highly recommend taking time to read the 26 pages(only) of this Manual!
  4. Timer button in Duo that confused many of us, is now appropriately called Delay Start.
  5. In addition, the ‘Adjust’ key on the Duo was removed on the Duo Plus.  On the Duo Plus, repeated pressing on the program keys will allow the user to select between ‘Less’, ‘Normal’ and ‘More’. Once you master these modes you will be a pro at getting desired textures for the food you are cooking.
  6. The Inner stainless steel pot now has clear and easier to read markings. I find the 1/2, 2/3 and max markings really useful.
The NEW preset programs on Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 are:
  • Cake – To pressure cook soft and moist cakes
  • Egg – To prepare perfect eggs in just a few minutes
  • Sterilize – To pasteurize milk, and sterilize baby bottles, jars, and utensils
  • Pressure Cook  – To replace the Manual button

I like the convenience of the cake button as it allows to easily adjust the cooking mode for different textures of cakes. So far I have made cheesecakes, summer berry cakes, pumpkin bread and zucchini bread from scratch. Check out my boxed-cake recipes that includes a light funfetti cake, a fudgy brownie and a dense, crumbly corn bread. Baking or rather pressure cooking cakes in the Instant Pot instead of a traditional oven, kept our kitchen nice and cool during some hot summer days. I love all recipes that call for Natural Pressure Release and especially cakes. You do not have to worry about turning it off or about it overcooking. You can conveniently come back to it when you are ready.

The Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 has an Egg button with pre-set cooking times that come in handy especially during busy mornings. The “Egg” option can be controlled with Less, Normal or More Mode to cook soft boiled, medium boiled or hard boiled eggs. I would encourage you to continue to play with the different options and eventually you will like the one that works for you.

Making hard boiled eggs in Instant Pot has been a game changer for me, and I would not make them any other way. I love my eggs well cooked but not over cooked. I follow the 5:5 method which is 5 minutes of pressure cooking followed by 5 minutes of natural pressure release. I then quick release remaining pressure and pour ice cold water over the eggs. They peel off easily with the shell that simply slides off. I like the 5:5:pour ice cold water method. I found it worth the time and effort to figure out what works best for me. I appreciate the fact that it takes same amount of time to cook one or a dozen eggs at a time. I like the way my Egg curry and Chicken Biryani looks with these perfectly cooked hard boiled eggs.

Instant Pot Duo Plus 60

Lastly, the “Sterilize” option is something I wish I had when my boys were babies and toddlers. I hope lots of new moms make use of this option for sterilizing baby bottles, sippy cups and breast pump parts. Although they can be sterilized using manual or steam button in the IP DUO, I still see the value of having a Sterilize button especially for new moms experiencing sleepless nights or crazy days with babies and toddlers.

This summer when I made fruit preserves and jams, I used the sterilize program to sterilize mason jars. The Sterilize option also comes in handy for pasteurizing raw milk for making yogurt etc. As a side note in the IP DUO this option is available using the ‘yogurt’ button.

Few Notes on Sterilizing – Make sure the lid and sealing ring are clean and do not have any strong odor from onions, spices etc. Use a trivet or steaming basket to place the bottles and jars. Milk can be pasteurized directly in the inner stainless steel pot or in glass jars.

INSTANT POT DUO PLUS 60 REVIEW ROUND UP

Cooking has definitely been more fun since I started using the new Instant Pot Duo. The timing to test and review this could not have been better with my mom visiting me from India and the boys being home this summer. Together, we made some fun memories, cooking and eating all those delicious cakes, preserves and Instant Pot dishes.

It is obvious why Instant Pot has been “America’s #1 Brand” with so many amazing reviews from its users. It is nice to see the company listening to their customers feedback and evolving newer versions.

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Spicy Taco Pasta – Instant Pot

Unbelievably tasty, spicy, cheesy and perfectly done Spicy Taco Pasta in Instant Pot!

Here is what it took for my 2 boys to make this SPICY taco pasta:
A relaxed and laid-back summer evening
A Bag of pasta shells
A pound of ground chicken
Taco Seasoning Mix
Favorite Cheeses

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Dudhi Halwa {Lauki/Bottle gourd Halwa} – Instant Pot

Dudhi Halwa is a popular Indian dessert made with grated bottle gourd.

This luscious Dudhi Halwa is lightly sweet and has a creamy pudding like texture with the magical aroma of vanilla! Continue reading “Dudhi Halwa {Lauki/Bottle gourd Halwa} – Instant Pot”