Mixed vegetable curry with sesame sauce – Instant Pot

Bhogichi Bhaji – A traditional Maharashtrian mixed vegetable curry with a spicy sesame sauce that celebrates the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables cooked in an earthy, aromatic sauce with coconut, peanuts and sesame seeds.

During my last Indian grocery store visit, a couple of weeks ago I found the traditional winter veggies for this recipe  already available. So I decided to give them a try in the Instant Pot and bought the baby eggplants, fresh green chickpeas in pod, the Indian green beans (vaal).  The only vegetable I was worried about over cooking was the baby eggplant. So I cut them a little bigger to adjust the cook time for the remaining ingredients and I was happy to see the veggies cooked so perfectly in the Instant Pot.

mixed vegetable curry with sesame sauce

The traditional recipe uses 5 vegetables (eggplant, green beans, carrots, tomatoes and green chickpeas) pictured below, but feel free to substitute with any hardy vegetables of your choice. The sauce is very unique with distinct warm flavored spices and makes the curry delicious.

Check out more details on the three day festival of Sankrant celebrated in India and  my original stove top recipe for this mixed vegetable curry that I posted 2 year back.

Bhogichi Bhaji (Traditional maharashtrian mix vegetable curry with sesame sauce)
Bhogichi Bhaji (Traditional maharashtrian mix vegetable curry)

Here is the quick video on how I made it. Very important to deglaze the pot a few times:

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Mixed Vegetable Curry with Sesame Sauce - Instant Pot
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Knows as Bhogichi Bhaji in Maharashtra this curry is made to celebrate the seasonal bounty of winter vegetables. 

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Calories: 136 kcal
Author: Archana
Ingredients
Part 1 Spice Paste:
  • 1 tbsp roasted dry coconut
  • 1 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1/2 tbsp grated ginger
  • 6 garlic cloves
Part 2:
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp cumin and coriander powder
  • 1 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh green chickpeas removed from the pods
  • 1 cup flat green beans cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 6 baby eggplant cut into quarters
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 1.5 tsp teaspoon salt to taste
  • cilantro for garnish
Instructions
  1. Make a fine paste of all the ingredients from Part 1 with 1/4 cup of water.
  2. Set Instant Pot to sauté mode. Once the hot sign displays add the spice paste to the oil and cook for a minute stirring frequently. Add 1/4 cup of water and mix well.
  3. Add turmeric, red chili powder, cumin powder, coriander powder, tomatoes and sauté. 

  4. Add remaining vegetables and salt. Add 1 cup water and mix well deglazing the pot making sure the curry paste is not stuck to the bottom of the pot. 

  5. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual/Pressure Cook(Low) for 2 minutes followed by Quick release.
  6. Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy with warm Roti topped with sesame seeds. 

Nutrition Facts
Mixed Vegetable Curry with Sesame Sauce - Instant Pot
Amount Per Serving
Calories 136 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 148mg 6%
Potassium 746mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 9g 36%
Sugars 10g
Protein 4g 8%
Vitamin A 83.3%
Vitamin C 21%
Calcium 6.5%
Iron 9.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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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
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.

 

 

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