Apple Cake – Instant Pot

This delicious Apple Cake, ‘pressure cooked’ in the Instant Pot, is loaded with fresh apples coated with cinnamon and sugar making it a perfect breakfast or dessert cake.

I used my 7-in-1 DUO Instant Pot to perfect this apple cake recipe as I know that is the model most of my followers have.

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Oct 15th is my second blog anniversary.. Yay!! I have enjoyed the second year of blogging, from going to a self-published blog, to sharing printable recipes and nutritional information for each recipe. Ministry of curry now has a you tube channel with short and to-the-point videos for the recipes, we are on Pinterest, Twitter and Instagram!

Oh and the biggest thing we did over the last year is to publish recipes for the state of the art, super sophisticated Instant Pot pressure cooker that I have fell in love with! With 50+ international recipes and quick videos to give you an idea of how the Instant Pot works.

Cooking for us has definitely gone up to the next level, with healthy and delicious foods cooked faster and with the same authentic taste. More importantly my boys have started to cook using the Instant Pot which makes me so happy and satisfied. We have used our Instant Pot to make soups, chilies, rice, beans, lentils, pasta, curries, yogurt and cakes! And so proud to have show cased the summer berry cake at the Dr.Oz show!!

So here is a big shout out to family, friends and followers for your love and support. I couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you! Thank you!!

To celebrate the second blog anniversary, here is a delicious apple cake Instant Pot recipe:

apple cake instant pot

This cake is a combination of the apple cake that was adapted from smitten kitchen and my summer berry cake. Since I am using a 7″ push pan in the Instant Pot, the original oven recipe is halved and also modified to work for the Instant Pot.

This apple cake tastes even better the next day, which  makes it a perfect make ahead recipe. I usually make this cake at night so I have the cake ready to enjoy in the morning.

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Apple Cake - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Dessert, Breakfast
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 cups peeled and diced apples (any variety)
  • ½ tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups flour + 1 tablespoon for dusting the pan
  • ½ tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon orange juice (I was out of OJ, so I used apple cider)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs (room temperature)
Instructions
  1. Grease and flour a 7” cake pan. I use Fat Daddios’ 7” push pan.
  2. Peel, core and chop apples into small pieces.Toss with cinnamon and 2 tablespoon sugar and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl mix flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk together oil, orange juice, sugar, vanilla and eggs. Mix wet ingredients into dry ones; scrape down the bowl to ensure all ingredients are incorporated. This batter is thicker than the usual cake batter.
  5. Pour half of batter in the cake pan. Since the batter the thick allow it to spread evenly by gently tapping the cake pan on the sides. Spread half of apples on top of the batter. Slowly pour the remaining batter covering most of the apple pieces. Spread the remaining half apples and any juices on top.
  6. Cover the cake pan with a paper towel and then cover it tightly with aluminum foil. You can skip the aluminum foil by securing paper towel with a rubber band around the pan.
  7. Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Place the cake pan on the trivet and carefully place the trivet in the Instant Pot.
  8. Press Manual(Hi pressure) and adjust cook time to 60 minutes. Allow Natural Pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
  9. Carefully take the trivet out and remove the aluminum foil and paper towel. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack.
  10. Tastes even better the next day so make ahead!!

 

 

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”

Instant Pot “Boxed” edition: cake, brownies, and corn bread

Instant pot cake, brownies, bread? Well yes!

Do you think CAKE all the time? If you are a cake, brownie or bread lover like me.. read on or even better rush to your pantry, may be local grocery even. It’s time to redefine baking with the ease of boxed cake mixes and the convenience of hands-off Instant Pot cooking. Continue reading “Instant Pot “Boxed” edition: cake, brownies, and corn bread”

Sabudana Vada – A No-Fry Version {Crispy-Spicy Tapioca Fritters}

Sabudana Vada is a Maharashtrian delicacy that is made with tapioca pearls, mashed potatoes, ground peanuts, chillies and cumin seeds. All the ingredients are mixed together, rolled into small balls and then deep-fried into crispy and delish fritters. Served with a sweet, and spicy yogurt sauce these fritters are sure to tickle your taste buds!

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Zucchini Bread – Instant Pot

Zucchini Bread – A dense, not-too-sweet tea bread packed with summer’s fresh squash!

I love zucchini and we make zucchini bread frequently in summer. This year I have barely used my oven for baking as most of the cakes come out so moist in the Instant Pot. Have made this zucchini bread a few times already but made it again this week to share the recipe and Instant Pot timings with you! Continue reading “Zucchini Bread – Instant Pot”

Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Dill Dhokli – A nourishing and satisfying meal with homemade whole wheat noodles cooked in a peppery chili-garlic dill sauce!

In Indian cooking Dill is used as main ingredient, rather than a herb in several dishes. I remember growing up not being a big fan of Dill. After the birth of my older son while my Mom was visiting, she made Dill lentils with a touch of chickpea flour and lots of minced garlic. That recipe made me fall in love with Dill. I have since cooked with Dill so many times that my entire family enjoys Dill. Continue reading “Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot”

Handvo {Spicy Rice and lentils cake} – Oven & Instant pot Recipe

Handvo – A traditional gujarati savory cake made with rice, lentils and lots of vegetable like bottle gourd, fenugreek leaves and carrots. Spiced with fresh ginger and green chilies, tempered with mustard seeds, sesame seeds and dried red chillies. This wholesome dish can be enjoyed as a meal by itself or with a side of pickle or chutney.

Updated to include Instant Pot version of this recipe!

Handvo with tea

 

 

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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”

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.