Sweet Coconut Rice – Instant Pot

“Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.” –     Joss Whedon

Sweet Coconut Rice – An Ambrosial dessert made with basmati rice, grated coconut and a hint of aromatic cloves, cardamom, and saffron!

Sweet Coconut Rice, also known as “Narali Bhath” is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe cooked especially on “Narali Poornima” which a full moon day during the auspicious month of Shravan.

This make-ahead recipe is a crowd pleaser and we make it frequently for gatherings and parties. I have been trying to make this recipe in the Instant Pot for the last couple of months. Finally, after few failed attempts I was able to perfect the recipe in the Instant Pot with the help and expert advice from my Mom. I am SO excited to share this Instant Pot version of EASY sweet coconut rice recipe in addition to my stove top recipe!


Sweet Coconut Rice - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 6
 
Sweet coconut rice cooked with aromatic cardamom, cloves, raisins and then garnished with saffron and lightly fried cashews
Ingredients
  • 1 cup basmati rice
  • 1 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 tablespoon warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil, divided
  • 15-20 whole cashews
  • 2 whole green cardamom pods
  • 6 cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh coconut, grated (frozen works well)
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon raisins
  • 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
Instructions
  1. Wash, rinse and soak rice in water for 20 minutes. Drain the rice and keep aside.
  2. Soak saffron in milk and set aside for garnishing
  3. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Add 1 tablespoon of ghee and cashews. Cook the cashews for a minute or until they turn golden brown, stirring constantly. Take the cashews out and keep aside for garnishing in the end.
  4. Add remaining ghee to the pot. Add cardamom pods and cloves. Cook for 10-15 seconds as the release the aromas. Add drained rice and toast gently for a minute stirring constantly.
  5. Add 1-1/2 cups of water and salt. Mix well. Make sure all the rice is submerged under water. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 6 minutes followed by 5-minute Natural Pressure Release.
  6. Open Instant pot. Add coconut, sugar, raisins and cardamom powder. Mix well.
  7. Set Instant Pot to Saute(less) mode. Cook with a glass lid on for 5 mins.
  8. Garnish with fried cashews and saffron.
  9. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Coconut Mango Burfi {Fudge}

I am so excited to share a 5-ingredient dessert recipe today – THIS Coconut Mango Burfi tastes heavenly!

A simple dessert that is SO fragrant and flavorful with the rich and moist textures from the coconut!

We are in the midst of a beautiful summer here in the northeast. Boys are out of school, Mom is visiting from India and our schedules are pretty relaxed. I am learning a lot of new recipes and techniques from my Mom. Between the two of us, we are cooking on most days.  With lots of family and friends visiting, we are so excited to have all the company to share the yummy foods with.

This kind of laid-back summer takes me back to my childhood memories of growing up in India. In a small town in India, our home facing a beautiful park and our family constantly between family and friends. I have most vivid memories of Indian summers and the mango season. Boxes and boxes full of ripe, sweet and full flavored Alphonso mangoes that we would devour. My mom would make delicious sweets with the mangoes and my favorite is the Coconut Mango Burfi or fudge.

All these years I never tried making it myself. The last few weeks that mom is with me, she has made these incredibly delicious coconut mango burfi twice for us. I think it is high time I learn how to make them and share the goodness with everyone.

It takes only 5 ingredients and 30-minutes or less to whip up a batch of these delicacies. The key is to constantly stir and watch the process as the textures change and making sure that it cooks evenly. When it is almost cooked, it releases fats from the coconut and the milk which makes the mixture look shiny and dense. The color will change from light yellow to orange. Lower the heat for the last 5 minutes to avoid it from getting scorched. All these tips are courtesy MOM!

Coconut Mango Burfi {Fudge}
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 16
 
Coconut Mango Burfi is a simple 5-ingredient dessert with a soft melt-in-mouth, fudgy texture, just right sweetness and the aroma of the best mangoes.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups fresh grated coconut, (frozen works well)
  • 2 cups milk (full fat)
  • 1 cup mango pulp (tinned works well, preferably made with Alphonso mangoes)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of saffron
  • sliced nuts for garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Take a large heavy bottomed or a non-stick pan. Put it on medium-high heat. Add coconut, milk, mango pulp and sugar. Mix well.
  2. Keep stirring continuously for about 15 mins.
  3. The mixture will start to thicken and may stick to the pan. Keep scraping it off the pan and mix. Make sure the mixture is thickening without burning. The color should slowly deepen from yellow to orange.
  4. Add half of the saffron. Mix well and cook for another 5 mins.
  5. Lower the heat to medium-low as the bottom starts to brown and the mixture starts to form a ball. Cook for another 5 mins.
  6. Turn the heat off. Take the mixture out in a greased pan or a parchment lined tray. Press evenly with the back of a spatula ( a silicone spatula works well).
  7. Make half an inch thick layer by tightly pressing the mixture down and sideways to form a square.
  8. Garnish with more saffron, nuts. Cut into squares big or small, allow to chill and enjoy! If they happen to last for more than a day(which is rare) keep refrigerated.

 

Thai Red Curry Chicken – Instant Pot

The rich aromatic Thai Red Curry Chicken is on our repeat list for busy weeknights as well as relaxed weekend meals. This authentic tasting red curry gets a flavor punch from sweet and spicy colorful peppers picked from our local farmers market and is garnished with fresh Thai basil leaves.

From curries to rice dishes to noodles, we have been garnishing them all in ambundance with our homegrown aromatic Thai basil – a star ingredient! Continue reading “Thai Red Curry Chicken – Instant Pot”

Rose Falooda {Rose flavored ice cream sundae float}

Rose Falooda – An ice cream float with aromatic rose syrup, cool sweet basil seeds, thin noodles, and cold milk topped with creamy vanilla ice-cream and nuts of your choice!

Summer to us means lots of watermelons, mangoes, lemonade and of course ‘Rose Falooda’ enjoyed with family and friends. Rose Falooda is one my favorite thing to make for summer barbecue parties! This super easy recipe is a sure crowd pleaser with its refreshing flavors.  It does not require any cooking once you have few ingredients on hand – Rose syrup, sweet basil seeds, low-fat milk, cooked thin noodles (ok one quick thing to cook) and some vanilla ice cream. Continue reading “Rose Falooda {Rose flavored ice cream sundae float}”

Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot

Sweet Potato Halwa – A  delicately flavored, lightly sweetened dish with melt-in-mouth textures and aromatics from cardamom and saffron.

This right here sounds like our family when it comes to food-

“I could have killed you.”  “Or I could have killed you,” Percy said.  Jason shrugged. “If there’d been an ocean in Kansas, maybe.” “I don’t need an ocean—” “Boys,” Annabeth interrupted, “I’m sure you both would’ve been wonderful at killing each other. But right now, you need some rest.” Food first,” Percy said. “Please?” ― Rick Riordan, The Mark of Athena Continue reading “Sweet Potato Halwa- Instant Pot”

Sprouted Lentils Breakfast Bowl – Instant Pot

Sprouted Lentils Breakfast Bowl – A perfect make-ahead, meatless breakfast with protein-rich sprouted brown lentils, lightly spiced with freshly grated ginger, turmeric, mild red Kashmiri chili powder, and cumin!

Years ago, growing up in a small town in India, I remember enjoying an array of dishes cooked with lentils and pulses, in my mom’s bustling kitchen. Daal, Dosa, Khichdi, Curry were on repeat list for our meals and many mornings started with a bowl of warm sprouted lentils with nutty textures and bright flavors. Continue reading “Sprouted Lentils Breakfast Bowl – Instant Pot”

Daal Dhokli {Lentil stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Daal Dhokli or Chakolya is a popular, one-pot meal from the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes Daal Dhokli an ultimate comfort food!

This mind-bogglingly delicious and wholesome recipe has complex flavors from tamarind and jaggery,  soft melt in the mouth textures from the homemade wheat noodles and the nutty flavors from mustard seeds, cumin, and peanuts!

After over indulging from a vacation or while recovering from an illness, this easy daal dhokli recipe can make a good detox meal!

Here is our attempt to make this two-step recipe in the Instant Pot. If you have cooked daal and have kneaded dough, this recipe is a must try. Traditionally the daal for this dish is made using Toor Daal or yellow pigeon peas but can also be made using mung daal or masoor daal.

Few options FOR this daal Dhokli recipe:
  1. Substitute any cooking oil instead of ghee to make this a Vegan Daal Dhokli.
  2. Add 4 cloves and 1 cinnamon stick with the lentils to add warm flavors and aroma.
  3. Stir in 2-3 big handful of chopped spinach just before adding the dhokli.

Thanks to Mom, without whom I would have been skeptical making and sharing this recipe and video. She makes cooking seamless and pleasurable. Here is my Mom, making the mouth-watering Daal Dhokli in Instant Pot:


Daal Dhokli - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5
 
Daal Dhokli - Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes an ultimate comfort food!
Ingredients
  • Part I: Daal
  • 4 tablespoon ghee, divided (or 2 tablespoons of cooking oil)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • 10-12 fresh curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 3 teaspoon garlic, grated
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon jaggery or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • ½ cup toor daal, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • Part II: Dhokli
  • 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of water or as needed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp carom seeds
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon oil, divided
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the 'hot' sign displays, add 2 tablespoons of ghee or cooking oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add cumin seeds, asafetida and curry leaves. Add turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Mix well.
  2. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, jaggery, tamarind paste, salt, peanuts and toor daal. Mix well.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the Pressure valve set to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 8 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  4. While the Daal is cooking, make the dough by mixing 2 cups of whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, salt, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric and half tablespoon of oil. Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough. I used little more than ¾th cup of water. Add remaining oil and knead the dough well. Make 5 balls from the dough. Using the extra whole wheat flour, roll the dough balls into 10-12 inch thin circles. Using a pizza cutter, cut each rolled tortilla into 1-inch squares or dhoklis. Put the cut dough pieces on a platter. Sprinkle a little bit of dry flour before layering the pieces on a tray to avoid them from sticking to each other.
  5. Open Instant Pot after the pressure has released naturally. Turn Instant pot to saute mode and using an immersion blender, gently blend the daal for 5 seconds. Add 3 cups of water, mix well, cook covered with a glass lid and bring the daal to a gentle boil.
  6. Add half of the dough squares to the daal and mix gently. Add remaining half dough squares, mix again. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 minutes followed by Quick Release. Mix the Daal Dhokli, add another tablespoon or two of ghee (recommended but optional) and garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy Piping hot!
  7. Notes:
  8. You can add 4 cloves and 1 stick of cinnamon to the daal for more warm flavors.
  9. Add 2-3 handful of chopped spinach in the daal before adding the dhoklis and stir well.

 

Sheer Khurma – Instant Pot

Sheer Khurma which literally means “milk with dates” in Persian, is a vermicelli pudding prepared during the holy month of Ramadan or on the last day which is celebrated as Eid by Muslims around the world. Traditionally made from dried dates this special dish is served as breakfast on the morning of Eid after the prayer, and throughout the day to all the visiting guests.

I have vivid memories of enjoying this irresistible dessert growing up in India; with its perfect bite from the assortment of crunchy nuts and poppy seeds, hint of sweetness from succulent dates and raisins, royal looks and the delicate aroma from saffron and homemade ghee; making Sheer Khurma such a heavenly treat!

I grew up in a small, yet close-knit town in India. My Dad has a huge social circle and many of his friends who celebrate Ramadan, fast from morning until sunset during this holy month. The last day which is Eid or as I remember calling it “Ramazan Eid” is a big celebration involving family, friends and the community. We would be invited over to celebrate and were offered many exquisite foods, one of which is this ambrosial dessert “Sheer Khurma”!

sheer khurmaHere is a nice article from national geographic on how Ramadan is celebrated Around the World.

To all our Muslim friends, we wish you “Happy Ramadan and EID MUBARAK!”. Check out some more of our easy Ramadan recipes – Chicken Biryani, Vegetable Biryani, and Masoor Khichdi.

This recipe is my mom’s version that she has enjoyed over the years. There probably are several variations on making it and here is her easy sheer khurma recipe that tastes divine:

Sheer Khurma - Instant Pot
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup pistachios
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 10-12 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon ghee
  • ¼ cup Almonds (I use blanched slices)
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ⅓ cup thin vermicelli, roasted
  • ¼ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 5 cups low-fat milk, divided
  • ⅓ cup of sugar
  • 1 tsp saffron
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Instructions
  1. Soak Pistachios in warm water for 5 mins. Remove the skin and slice thin. Slice cashews and dates.
  2. Turn Instant Pot to Saute Mode. Once the ‘hot’ sign displays add ghee. Add almonds, pistachios, cashews, and dates. Roast for a minute.
  3. Add raisins, vermicelli, coconut and poppy seeds. Mix well.
  4. Add 3 cups of milk, sugar, and saffron. Give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 minutes.
  5. Allow the pressure to release naturally. Open Instant Pot and add 1-2 cups of milk and vanilla.
  6. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode and bring to gentle boil, stirring frequently. Enjoy Sheer Khurma hot or chilled.

Kheema Pav – Instant Pot

Kheema Pav – A popular street food in India, Kheema or Keema Pav is a robust, peppery curry dish made with minced chicken or lamb cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and earthy spices! Served with lightly toasted buns or pav laden with butter or homemade ghee on the griddle makes a blissful meal!

My mom arrived last week from India, she is visiting me after a long time and I am SO excited to have her with us. With her high spirits and energy, she has already tried her hand on the Instant Pot that she has been hearing all about. It’s been only 4 days since she has arrived and she is already loving the InstaPot! Her Pot in Pot black-eyed peas curry with rice was savored by all. She steamed the Cilantro Croquettes and the Layered Swiss Chard Spiral rolls to perfection for our fathers days feast.

From the back of the camera as I shot this video it took me back to the fond memories of my childhood. Her waiting for the oil to heat up and then adding the cumin seeds, listening for the soft sizzle sound and a whiff from gently toasting them. Adding turmeric and roasting the spices at each step, soon filled up my kitchen with wonderful aromas. The Final dish, came out just the way I remember her making Chicken Kheema for years, just that this time it was cooked in the Instant Pot.

Obviously, I need to gear up with my publishing now to keep up with her cooking. I am so excited to post her first recipe on Ministry Of Curry that I was able to record!

kheema pav

A few options she suggests are:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of green peas to the curry
  2. Peel and dice a potato and saute it with the veggies. This will give more thickness to the curry if desired.
  3. Add 1-2 spicy green chilies for a spicier keema.

I was very impatient and hungry (as usual) as I shot the video and honestly, the Keema Pav was so full of flavor and aromas that I did not miss any a thing! The gorgeous orange hue from the Kashmiri red chili powder and turmeric, the warmth from the homemade garam masala and the earthy flavors from roasted coriander powder were spot on!

Here is her easy Chicken Kheema recipe:


Kheema Pav - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Kheema Pav - A popular street food in India, Kheema Pav is a tantalizing curry dish made with minced chicken or lamb cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and earthy spices!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoon mild red chili powder (We used Kashmiri Chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaping tablespoon coriander powder (We lightly toasted the coriander seeds and then ground them)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • To serve:
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee
  • 8 potato rolls
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil. Add cumin seeds and toast them for 30 seconds. Add turmeric powder and mix well. Add ginger and garlic, mix well.
  2. Add onion and sauté for a minute. Cook covered for 2 minutes with a glass lid on.
  3. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, garam masala, salt and coriander powder. Mix well.
  4. Add ground chicken and breaking it with a spatula. Add ½ cup of water (You can add 2 tablespoons of water for a thicker curry, but I like the extra gravy to dip the bread).
  5. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 4 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with potato rolls or burger buns lightly toasted with some ghee on a griddle.
  7. Notes:
  8. Add 1-2 spicy green chilies for a spicier keema.
  9. Also, when I buy the rolls or buns, I check the Sugar contents on the pack. As long as they are 2% or less the Pav does not taste overly sweet and works well with Indian curries.

 

Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto – Instant Pot

Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto – I first tasted this heavenly risotto a few weeks back at the Saltyard restaurant in Atlanta! Anything with words beetroot and risotto is something I would want to try and I was pretty surprised with the delicate and distinctive flavors of this gorgeous dish.

My son and I were visiting Atlanta for academic competitions with some friends. We all had a great time watching the competitions and were proud to come home with a few medals. While in Atlanta, we got to spend few evenings dining out as we explored the beautiful city.

One evening we dined at the Saltyard restaurant that had a very engaging atmosphere. They offered a wide selection of diverse cuisine cooked from locally sourced ingredients. As we sat down at the relaxed and vibrant dining room, we were impressed by all the seasonal dishes on their tapas menu. Butterbean guacamole bruschetta, street-cart-style corn, flash fried Brussels (drooling), we savored every dish as it arrived. The presentation, the ingredients, and the taste were all on the mark.

My favorite was the red wine and beetroot risotto, cooked with seasonal tender spring peas, beetroot, lemon oil and garnished with Parmigiano-Reggiano, golden fried garlic chips, and fresh dill. Every bite of that creamy risotto was packed with the distinct flavor of the fresh ingredients, and with a beautiful creamy texture of arborio rice cooked to perfection with the hint of red wine.

red wine and beetroot risotto

When I came home, trying out the beetroot risotto in my instant pot was on my to-do list. I usually buy beetroots with leaves, that I saute with some Indian spices for a healthy side dish or stir-fry with lentils.

beet roots

Peel and slice each beetroot into 3-4 slices. These sliced cook tender in the instant pot in about 7 minutes of high-pressure cooking time.

beetroot slicesStart with garlic, and a lot of it, thinly sliced. Turn the Instant Pot on Saute(More) mode and once the hot sign displays, cook them in olive oil for 4-5 mins stirring frequently until they turn crisp and golden. Take the garlic slices out and keep aside for garnishing. I then cook the risotto in the same garlic infused the oil.  The result is creamy, flavorful and stunning beetroot risotto with a hint of red wine that can be enjoyed with some freshly grated parmesan, scallions or parsley, fried garlic and freshly ground pepper.

Here is my version of the Red Wine and Beet Root Risotto in Instant Pot, inspired from the saltyard restaurant:


Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4
 
Red Wine and Beetroot Risotto - A delicious, healthy and beautiful dish with creamy textures and delicate flavors from red wine, garlic, and beets.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 medium beetroots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Garnish
  • 2 tablespoon Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 2 tablespoon scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn, ground
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil and garlic. Cook garlic, until they turn golden and crispy stirring frequently. Take the garlic out and keep aside, leaving the extra oil in the pot.
  2. Add onions and cook for 1-2 mins until translucent and soft. Add rice and lightly toast for a minute stirring often. Add red wine and mix well, cooking for a minute as the wine reduces.
  3. Add broth, sliced beets, and salt.
  4. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook in Manual(Hi) for 7 minutes followed by NPR.
  5. Open the Instant Pot and take out the beets in a small blender. Blend to a smooth puree and put the puree back in the Instant Pot. Mix well. Add fresh ground pepper.
  6. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano, scallions and garlic slices.
  7. Enjoy hot!