EASY Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale – Instant Pot

Here is a homestyle EASY chicken Noodle soup with kale that is cooked under 30 minutes in the Instant Pot. It is SO healthy, delicious and simple that ANYONE can make it. Few basic ingredients and you have a comforting one-pot meal for those busy weeknights! Continue reading “EASY Chicken Noodle Soup with Kale – 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

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
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.

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. 

 

 

 

Tasty Cabbage Rice – Instant Pot

Cabbage Rice is a simple and tasty, vegan rice dish that is loaded with vitamins from cabbage and has just right heat from fresh ginger and green chilies.

This is one of my mom’s newest recipe that I got to taste and learn when she visited me this summer. When she first made it on the stove-top, I was not sure if it would be a good recipe for Instant Pot. As, this recipe does not use a lot of water. The soaked rice is basically slow cooked with little water and then all the juices from shredded cabbage.  It did take us a couple of tries to achieve this perfect Instant Pot recipe! Continue reading “Tasty Cabbage Rice – 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:

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Vegetable Manchurian - Instant Pot

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
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
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!

 

Summer Berry Cake – Instant Pot

Summer Berry Cake – A perfect tea cake made with mixed berries, lemon zest and dressed with luscious lemony glaze topped with more fresh berries!

I love cooking in my Instant Pot and this summer I took it to a new level with baking many cakes in my newest 9-in-1 Instant Pot DUO 60!

summer berry cake

We made several boxed cakes, breads, savory cakes and brownies. It was nice  to not heat up the whole kitchen with the oven and still have delicious bakes goodies. We loved the moist and dense textures and especially the convenience of the new 9-in-1 Instant Pot with its cake button.

As an Instant Pot super fan, this summer I was invited to be a guest on the Dr.Oz show. When I was asked to bring a cake made in the Instant Pot, I decided to bring my favorite, gorgeous summer berry cake!

summer berry cake

This is a basic vanilla cake with lemon zest and lots of berries. The lemony glaze drizzled over the cake is DELICIOUS and enhances the flavors of this not-too-sweet  cake. Plus can’t go wrong with more fresh berries on top along with some fresh mint?

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Summer Berry Cake

A perfect tea cake made with mixed berries, lemon zest and dressed with luscious lemony glaze topped with more fresh berries! 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Calories 475 kcal
Author Archana Mundhe

Ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-1/2 cups all purpose flour plus 1 tablespoon
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 cups mixed fresh berries rinsed, dried and coated in ½ tablespoon of flour. (blueberries, chopped blackberries and raspberries)

Glaze

  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 tablespoon lemon juice from 1 lemon

Topping

  • 2 cup mixed berries
  • handful mint leaves

Instructions

  1. Grease and flour a 7” cake pan. I use Fat Daddios’ 7” push pan.
  2. In a large bowl Sift 1-1/2 cups of flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl cream together sugar, egg, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and lemon zest until the mixture gets light and fluffy. Pour this batter over the flour mixture and mix well until all the dry ingredients are blended in. Gently fold in the berries in the batter.
    summer berry cake
  4. Pour the batter in the prepared cake pan. Cover the cake pan with a paper towel and then cover it tightly with aluminum foil.

  5. Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Place the cake pan on the trivet and carefully place the trivet in the Instant Pot DUO PLUS 9-in-1.
  6. Press Cake option(Hi pressure) and change the Mode to Less. Adjust cook time to 35 minutes. Allow Natural Pressure release before opening the Instant Pot.
  7. Carefully take the trivet out and remove the aluminum foil and paper towel. Allow the cake to cool on a wire rack. Take the cake out of the cake pan. 

    summer berry cake
  8. Once the cake is cooled, whisk powdered sugar, butter and lemon juice until very smooth. Drizzle over the cake letting it trickle down the sides. Allow the glaze to set for 10-15 minutes before topping the cake with more berries and mint. 

  9. Enjoy! It will stay well covered at room temperatures for 2-3 days!

Recipe Notes

Notes:

I would recommend using fresh berries instead of frozen. With frozen berries I have seen varied cook times. It takes additional 10-15 minutes for the cake due to the extra water content in frozen berries. 

 

To make this cake in the 7-in-1 Instant Pot DUO, use same cooking time. 

 

Ministry of Curry’s Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 Review and Giveaway

Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 9-in-1 is the next evolution in the Duo Series, the #1 best-selling pressure cooker in the Instant Pot family. AND it can be yours for FREE! Please read my review below and follow instructions on How to WIN your very own.

For over a year now, my readers have joined in my journey of creating delectable international recipes in the Instant Pot. I am proud to share that several of my recipes are now published in Instant Pot’s new APP. I am astounded with the cooking experience and I now enjoy cooking with my children more than ever. It is gratifying to see the entire family involved in the kitchen; appreciating the food and creating fun memories along the way.

Recently Instant Pot released a new model. I was thrilled when they asked me to review it. I am excited to share my review for Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 after testing it for a couple of months!  Continue reading “Ministry of Curry’s Instant Pot Duo Plus 60 Review and Giveaway”

Spicy Taco Pasta – Instant Pot

Unbelievably tasty, spicy, cheesy and perfectly done Spicy Taco Pasta in Instant Pot!

Here is what it took for my 2 boys to make this SPICY taco pasta:
A relaxed and laid-back summer evening
A Bag of pasta shells
A pound of ground chicken
Taco Seasoning Mix
Favorite Cheeses

Continue reading “Spicy Taco Pasta – Instant Pot”

Dudhi Halwa {Lauki/Bottle gourd Halwa} – Instant Pot

Dudhi Halwa is a popular Indian dessert made with grated bottle gourd.

This luscious Dudhi Halwa is lightly sweet and has a creamy pudding like texture with the magical aroma of vanilla! Continue reading “Dudhi Halwa {Lauki/Bottle gourd Halwa} – Instant Pot”

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”