Baingan Bharta – Instant Pot

Baingan Bharta Instant Pot? We know, sounds a bit crazy, but yes totally doable.

Baingan bharta is a classic Indian vegetarian dish cooked with smoky and flavorful roasted eggplant cooked in onions, garlic, tomatoes and chilies. Served with toasted naan or pita bread as a main course or serve it as a dip with some chips as an appetizer. This make ahead dish will be a hit either ways!

baingan bharta Instant Pot

This Baingan Bharta Instant Pot recipe is adapted from my stove-top version of baingan bharta. The traditional way to cook this recipe is to cook the whole eggplant over charcoal or direct fire. Given the mess it creates with the charred eggplant on open fire aka my indoor stove top burners, I cook this over the grill in the summers or in the oven.

Last summer, while my mom was with me, we experimented quiet a lot of dishes using eggplant. Baingan bharta was one of those. And although it is not as ‘instant’ as we would like, we were happy to see the flavors not being compromised. It tasted very similar to the oven broiled eggplant that is then cooked on stove top.

baingan bharta Instant Pot

So the most challenging part is to sauté the sliced eggplant 3-6 discs at a time until they start to get lightly charred. It tool me about 30 minutes to char and partially cook 2 medium eggplants. The process after that was super easy and since the eggplant is peeled before cooking, there is no mess trying to peel a hot charred eggplant.

You can also change up this Instant Pot Baingan Bharta  recipe by:

  • add mustard seeds instead of cumin or skip them altogther
  • add or skip green chilies
  • tomatoes and scallions for garnish are optional

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baingan bharta Instant Pot
Baingan Bharta Instant Pot
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Smoky and flavorful roasted eggplant dish cooked in onions, garlic and spices.
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 189 kcal
Author: Archana
Ingredients
  • 1.5 LB eggplants 2 medium
  • 4 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 teaspoon green chilies minced
  • 12-15 curry leaves optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 to matoes diced and divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup scallions chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped
Instructions
  1. Peel and slice the eggplants, about 1/4th inch thick slices.
  2. Set Instant Pot to saute(more) mode. Add 1/2 tablespoon of oil to the Instant pot and line up a single layer of eggplant slices. Cook on each side for 2 mins or until they get lightly charred. Use a glass lid to also help the eggplant cook.
  3. Take out the partially cooked slices, add more oil and cook the remaining eggplant sliced adding oil as needed. Set aside all the eggplant slices.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon oil to the Instant Pot. Add cumin, turmeric, onions, garlic, and green chilies, mix well and cook for 2 minutes.  Add 1/4 cup of water and deglaze the pot with a spatula clearing any browned bits from the pot. Add half of the tomatoes and mix well. Add the eggplant slices and salt. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Pressure cook for 4-6 minutes depending on the thickness of the slices and how much they are already cooked.

  5. Allow Natural pressure release or quick release after 5 mins. Open the Instant Pot and set it to sauté mode. Mash the eggplant slices with a spatula or potato masher. Add half of the remaining tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. Allow any excess water to evaporate. Garnish with remaining tomatoes, scallions and cilantro. Enjoy with toasted naan, pita bread or chips.

Nutrition Facts
Baingan Bharta Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 189 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Sodium 596mg 25%
Potassium 464mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 5.6%
Vitamin C 83.5%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 4.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

 

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread – Instant Pot

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread  – A perfect combination of sweet and savory, this buttery, cheesy cornbread is packed with the flavors and earthy aromas of fresh corn and peppers.

Served warm with chili or soup, this  jalapeño cheddar cornbread makes a perfect cool-weather meal or a great side dish for the holidays!  Continue reading “Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread – Instant Pot”

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:

5 from 1 vote
vegetable manchurian
Vegetable Manchurian - Instant Pot
Prep Time
2 mins
Cook Time
8 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

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
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!
Nutrition Facts
Vegetable Manchurian - Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 350
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Ragda Patties {pattice} – Instant Pot

A popular street food in India, Ragda patties is a dish everyone must try once. A spicy white peas curry served over potato patties and dressed up with sweet and tangy chutneys, crispy sev and garnished with diced onions and fresh cilantro. Every bite is an magical explosion of “spicy, sweet and tangy” AKA “CHAT-PATA” flavors and the melt in mouth potato patties.

Unlike the kind you would get from a street cart or restaurant, this homemade version is much more healthier without compromising on the taste! Continue reading “Ragda Patties {pattice} – Instant Pot”

Corn Poblano Chowder – Instant Pot

Corn Poblano Chowder – An earthy, peppery corn chowder cooked with summer’s seasonal bounty of sweet corn, tomatoes, poblano peppers, spicy jalapeno, potatoes and fresh parsley. A satisfying, gluten-free vegan recipe without any cream or cheese and is so effortless in the Instant Pot. Continue reading “Corn Poblano Chowder – Instant Pot”

Tandoori Chicken – Instant Pot

Traditionally made in a clay oven{tandoor}, which many of us have now adapted to outdoor grills, indoor ovens and now the moistest version of all is the luscious and spicy Tandoori Chicken – Instant Pot!

Tandoori Chicken - Instant Pot

Hope you had a great Memorial day weekend! We had a FUN long weekend – we got to hang out with our cousins, played soccer tournament and ran a 5K race. Although it rained all day in the northeast and was bit chilly for the memorial day BBQ, we did not give up on our plans. We decided to bring our cookout indoors. We had chicken marinating for 8+ hours, that I cooked in my InstaPot. The result was succulent, fall off the bone, moist and flavorful tandoori chicken, that we enjoyed with some spicy mint chutney and corn pulao!

Tandoori Chicken - Instant Pot

Tandoori Chicken, marinate uses plain yogurt, mild and bright red Kashmiri chili powder, turmeric, fresh ginger, garlic and garam masala. The longer it is marinated the more flavorful the chicken tastes. Although you can use chicken breasts or thighs to make Tandoori Chicken, my favorite way is to cook with the drumsticks.

Here is a quick video for an easy Tandoori Chicken recipe in Instant Pot:

5 from 1 vote
tandoori chicken - instant pot
Tandoori Chicken - Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Chicken marinated in spicy yogurt based sauce that is pressure cooked for moist and fall off the bone delicious Tandoori Chicken - Instant Pot.
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Author: Archana Mundhe
Ingredients
  • 2 LB 8 Chicken drumsticks, skinned
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt Make It Dairy Free by using Coconut yogurt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1-2 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder or any mild red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1-2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon oil
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add yogurt, ginger, garlic, red chili powder, turmeric, garam masala, salt, lemon juice and oil. Mix well.
  2. Dry skinned drumsticks with a paper towel. Put 2-3 slits on each drumstick and apply marinade all over the chicken. Allow the chicken to marinate up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Take the chicken out of the refrigerator 30 minutes prior to cooking.
  3. Add 1 cup water to the Instant Pot insert. Lightly grease the trivet with cooking oil and place inside the pot. Arrange the marinated Chicken pieces on the trivet.
  4. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 15 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release. Open Instant Pot.
  5. Enjoy Tandoori chicken with lime wedges and chutney over steamed rice or Pulao.
  6. Note: You can broil the cooked chicken for a few mins. We enjoyed them straight out of the Instant Pot!

 

 

 

 

Roasted beets with cashew garlic sauce

Roasted beets with cashew garlic sauce – A healthy appetizer inspired by Oceanos, a Mediterranean restaurant in NJ. We visited Oceanos this past December to celebrate a special birthday, the food was delicious and the ambience delightful!

One of my favorite dishes was the roasted beets served with a smooth, velvety and delectable cashew garlic sauce. It took me few months to replicate this recipe but the one I have now is a sure keeper. The recipe is adapted from pinch of yum, one of my absolute favorite blogs. I’m a huge fan of Lindsey’s recipes! Continue reading “Roasted beets with cashew garlic sauce”

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Spicy tandoori chicken wings, grilled to perfection,  are made with yogurt, lemon juice, ginger, garlic, garam masala, red chili powder and turmeric! I know chicken wings are not “healthy” but this is a healthier version of the typical deep fried wings. In my family, these piquant tandoori wings are a must while watching football on Super bowl Sunday. Continue reading “Tandoori chicken wings”

No Fry Dahivada{lentil dumplings dunked in lush yogurt}

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Here we are, just 5 days back from an incredibly adventurous summer in India and Italy. I have SO much to share with you all so stay tuned for all of the vacation inspired recipes to come. In midst of the jet lag, the loads of laundry and other things I’ve been craving something cool and comforting. Something that will extend my memories of our Indian summer. Only one thing comes to mind…

Dahivada: soft, melt-in-your-mouth, lentil dumplings dunked in lush yogurt, and garnished with sweet and tangy tamarind-date chutney, red chili powder, cumin-coriander powder and crunchy sev! Continue reading “No Fry Dahivada{lentil dumplings dunked in lush yogurt}”