Garlic Dill Lentils – Instant Pot

Garlic Dill Lentils – A delicious lentil dish cooked with fresh dill, garlic and green chilies.

I grew up not enjoying certain vegetables and Dill was high up on that list. I grew up in a family where we were expected to eat whatever was served for our main meals uncomplainingly. Which probably is the reason that I now truly appreciate the unique flavors and textures of so many different vegetables and fruits. Continue reading “Garlic Dill Lentils – Instant Pot”

Gujarati Kadhi and Khichdi – Instant Pot

Kadhi and Khichdi – A nutritious and comforting meal, home cooked by my mom is what I reminisce eating for many evening meals.

In winters, we enjoyed Khichdi with a piping hot bowl of yogurt based soup{kadhi} and in the summer it was served with a cool and refreshing ginger-yogurt-cilantro drink {mathha}. Mom has a dozen Khichdi recipes that she rotates. Although, if I had to pick my favorite, it would be this one with mixed lentils that is aromatic and is lightly spiced with onion, ginger, garlic and cilantro. Continue reading “Gujarati Kadhi and Khichdi – Instant Pot”

Quick White Chicken Poblano Chili – Instant Pot

Quick White Chicken Poblano Chili – Delicious and hearty, one pot smokey chili recipe that just needs you to dump all the ingredients and start the Instant Pot.

We love poblano but feel free to skip them or add an extra jalapeño for some more heat. Add a cup of corn to this recipe to get a twist of sweet and spicy flavors. You can cut up the chicken before or shred it after cooking, change it up the way you like it. Basically a simple and versatile recipe that you can cook up to your preference and taste! Continue reading “Quick White Chicken Poblano Chili – Instant Pot”

Madras Lentils/Daal Makhani with Brown Rice – Instant Pot

Madras Lentils/Daal Makhani – Two names to debate on as they connect a North Indian delicacy to a south Indian dish?

A few weeks ago, while I was shopping at my local Costco, I saw a table with “Tasty Bites Madras Lentils” for tasting. I am usually good at staying away from pre-packaged foods but that day, shopping at lunch hour on empty stomach, made it harder for me to resist. Plus I LOVE South Indian food and the word “madras” really made me more curious. Anyway, I tried a few spoonfuls of it and it reminded me of the traditional north Indian “Daal Makhani”! Except I did not taste too many spices in the Costco Madras Lentils making them a bit lighter yet very flavorful. I am still curious on why they call it Madras Lentils?

 

I took a picture of the package to see the ingredients with a plan to try making them at home. The ingredients list from the packaging was – water, tomatoes, lentils(adzuki beans), onions, red kidney beans, cream, butter, oil, salt, ginger, cumin and chillies.

So here is the basic difference between Madras Lentils and my Daal Makhani recipe:
  • Daal Makhani recipe, in addition to the above ingredients from Madras lentils, also has fresh garlic, cumin powder, coriander powder and garam masala.
  • Daal Makhani has whole Black Gram Beans and Red Kidney Beans while the Costco Madras Lentils had adzuki beans and red kidney beans.

madras lentils/daal makhani

So with these basic differences in mind, I decided to try the recipe with just the ingredients from the Madras Lentils package. With the magic of the Instant Pot , the madras lentils were cooked to perfection with all the spices infused so well in about 45 minutes!!

I did sprinkle a little bit of garam masala in the end but that was more of a personal choice. I also used black gram beans instead of adzuki beans and I think whole brown lentils(masoor) will also work well in this recipe!

Here is the video for EASY Tasty Bites Madras lentils/Daal Makhani recipe with Pot in Pot Brown Rice:

Check out the recipe below that also explains how to easily adjust this recipe for a more authentic Daal Makhani recipe:

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Madras Lentils/Daal Makhani with Brown Rice - Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 
A creamy lentil dish cooked with whole black lentils and kidney beans, lightly spiced to enjoy as a chili or over rice!
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Archana Mundhe
Ingredients
Ingredients for Madras Lentils/Daal Makhani:
  • 1 cup Black Gram Beans/adzuki beans/whole brown lentils
  • 1/3 cup Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 tablespoon oil ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoon fresh ginger grated
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon kashmiri red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup light cream or coconut cream or cashew cream
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala optional for non-spicy lentils
  • cilantro for garnish
Rice:
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
Instructions:
  1. Rinse and soak black gram beans and red kidney beans in 3 cups of water. Overnight or 6-8 hours. Drain the water after soaking and keep the beans aside.
  2. Set Instant Pot to Sauté(more) mode. Once the "Hot" sign displays, add oil and cumin seeds. Add onions and mix well.
  3. Add turmeric powder, fresh ginger, tomatoes, salt, red chili powder and beans. Mix well.
  4. Add 2 cups of water.
Next 3 steps are for pot in pot rice (optional)
  1. Rinse and drain rice. Add rice, 2 cups of water and salt in a stainless steel container.
  2. Put a tall trivet ( I have a 2.75 inch one from amazon) over the beans.
  3. Place rice container on the trivet.
  4. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 30 minutes followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  5. Open Instant Pot and set to saute mode.
  6. Carefully take out the Rice container and the trivet.
  7. Stir in cream, add garam masala (optional) and garnish with cilantro.
Recipe Notes

Notes to make a more authentic daal makhani:

1.Add 1/2 tablespoon of cumin powder, 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic along with ginger and red chili powder. 2. Add 1 tablespoon kasoori methi {dried fenugreek leaves} along with fresh cilantro in the end. 3. You can also add more or less red chili powder and garam masala to adjust the spice level.

Notes to make dairy free: 1. Replace ghee with oil 2. Use coconut cream or cashew cream(blend cashews in water)

I prefer soaking the beans overnight. If you decide to cook them unsoaked, increase the cook time to 60 minutes. 

 

 

 

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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Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice – Instant Pot

A favorite amongst my boys, Black Eyed Peas Curry cooked in a smooth onion, tomatoes and coconut based sauce has earthy flavors from turmeric, cumin seeds and coriander seeds and is perfectly spiced with the mild Kashmiri red chili powder and aromatic garam masala.

Piping hot black eyed peas curry with rice and some warm chapati’s is a common scene in our home. Continue reading “Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice – 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:

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Daal Dhokli - Instant Pot
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 
Daal Dhokli - Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes an ultimate comfort food!
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 5
Author: Archana Mundhe
Ingredients
  • Part I: Daal
  • 4 tablespoon ghee divided (or 2 tablespoons of cooking oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida
  • 10-12 fresh curry leaves
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 cup toor daal rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 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
  • 1/2 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/4 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 3/4th 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.

 

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”