Mom’s Chicken Curry – Instant Pot

Mom’s Chicken Curry – An unbelievably tasty chicken curry with onion-coconut based gravy and earthy, piquant flavors from the turmeric, red chili powder and garam masala!

This chicken curry is a family recipe that I grew up eating many Sundays. Our family mostly ate vegetarian meals while Sundays were special for non vegetarian meals. I might fall short of words trying to describe my mom’s chicken curry. This is not your usual restaurant curry. It is a perfectly spiced curry with earthy flavors from the spices, a comfort food and a treasured recipe packed with mom’s love! Continue reading “Mom’s Chicken Curry – Instant Pot”

Mom’s Garam Masala – A Family Recipe

Mom’s Garam Masala – I cannot believe that I am finally writing an actual post about this amazingly aromatic, out-of-the-world garam masala recipe!! This is a family recipe that is being used for generations and this is my attempt to preserve some of the family traditions as a legacy.

As mentioned in my simple garam masala recipe, every family has their own version of garam masala and I couldn’t be happier to finally share the one from my family! In many maharashtrian families this kind of masala is also referred to as ‘Goda masala’. My mom uses this garam masala to make the authentic and delicious recipes like chicken curry, stuffed eggplant or black eyed peas curry!

This summer when my Mom visited, I had asked her to bring all of the whole-spices that she uses to make her garam masala. She was thrilled to bring them, together we had a great time exploring and comprehending each spice. These also were some of the most treasured moments for the mother-daughter duo, recollecting family anecdotes from generations past.

With my mom’s help I was able to map the marathi spice names to the english ones; with the hope of passing this down as one of the legacies for my children and my extended family.

mom's garam masalaMy mom slow-roasted each individual spice in a small pan, with a little bit of oil. Roasting helps get rid of any moisture in the spices making it easier to grind.  As she continued to roast, a nostalgic warm-earthy-sweet-peppery aroma filled my kitchen! It emotionally transported me not only to my childhood memories of my mom’s cooking but also to my grandma’s kitchen who I was lucky to have spent a great deal of time cooking with.

mom's garam masala

We allowed these roasted spices to completely cool before grinding them to a fine powder in the spice grinder. After grinding, we sifted the spice blend and ran the larger grainy spices through the grinder again. This ensured that the spices were evenly ground.

mom's garam masala

Here is the list of the spices we used in making my mom’s garam masala:

  • asafetida {hing} – used as a digestive aid, asafoetida has a strong odor that mellows out into a garlic-onion flavor
  • bay leaves {tamal patra} – aromatic leaves with impressive health benefits which includes detoxifying the body
  • black pepper {miri} – hot pungent spice, that helps improve stomach’s ability to digest foods and promotes intestinal health
  • black cardamom {badi velchi} – often referred to as queen of spices, gives a smoky flavor to curries
  • cardamom {velchi} – sweet and invigorating spice that adds a fresh flavor to many recipes
  • cumin seeds {jeera} – with it’s earthy, musky flavor; cumin seeds is one of the most popular spice
  • black cumin seeds {shah jeera} – slightly bitter than cumin seeds; these seeds are a rich source of dietary fibre
  • cinnamon {daalchili} – sweet-spicy flavored sticks enhance the flavors in many dishes
  • cloves {lavang} – with a distinct and undeniable warmth, cloves are one of the most powerful spices with intense flavors
  • coriander seeds {dhana} – lemony-citrus flavored seeds that add warm and nutty flavors
  • dried red chilies {lal mirchi} – with a rich earthy flavor, chilies add perfect heat and color to foods
  • fennel seeds {badishep} – lightly sweet and licorice flavored, these seeds are a good digestion aid
  • fenugreek seeds {methi} – these bitter tasting seeds help control diabetes and have diverse benefits for skin, hair, and health
  • mace {jaipatri} – outer covering of nutmeg; that adds subtle and delicate flavors
  • nutmeg {jaiphal} – sweet and pungent, adds a warm note to savory dishes
  • poppy seeds {khuskhus} – adds nutty flavors and are a good source of minerals
  • star anise {badyaan} -adds a sweet-licorice flavor to curries
  • stone flower {dagadphool} – with a strong earthy aroma this anti-inflammatory spice is also dominant in South Indian Chettinad cuisine
  • turmeric {halkund} – with a mild woody flavor, turmeric is a super food with its  natural anti-inflammatory properties

Mom's Garam Masala
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Recipe type: Spice Blend
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 12 oz
 
Ingredients
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil
  • 5 pieces -whole turmeric - halkund
  • ½ nutmeg - jaiphal
  • 1 tablespoon asafetida - hing
  • 5 cinnamon sticks - daalchini
  • 3 tablespoon cloves - lavang
  • 1.5 tablespoon black cumin seeds - shah jeera
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds - jeera
  • 10 - black cardamom - bad velchi
  • 1 tablespoon cardamom - velchi
  • 3 tablespoon kalpasi - dagadphool
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds - badishep
  • 2 tablespoon Mace - jaipatri
  • 3 tablespoon black pepper - mire
  • 10 star anise - badyan
  • 8 bay leaves - tamal patra
  • 2 tablespoon coriander seeds - dhane
  • 1 tablespoon fenugreek seeds - methya
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds - khuskhus
  • 25 - dried red chillies - mirchi
Instructions
  1. Add ½ tsp of oil at a time and slow roast each spice until it releases the aroma and is hot to touch. Allow all the roasted spiced to cool on a large tray.
  2. Grind the roasted spices in batches to make a fine powder.
  3. Sift the ground spice blend and grind any coarse spices.
  4. Store in an airtight glass jar.

 

Kheema Pav – Instant Pot

Kheema Pav – A popular street food in India, Kheema or Keema Pav is a robust, peppery curry dish made with minced chicken or lamb cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and earthy spices! Served with lightly toasted buns or pav laden with butter or homemade ghee on the griddle makes a blissful meal!

My mom arrived last week from India, she is visiting me after a long time and I am SO excited to have her with us. With her high spirits and energy, she has already tried her hand on the Instant Pot that she has been hearing all about. It’s been only 4 days since she has arrived and she is already loving the InstaPot! Her Pot in Pot black-eyed peas curry with rice was savored by all. She steamed the Cilantro Croquettes and the Layered Swiss Chard Spiral rolls to perfection for our fathers days feast.

From the back of the camera as I shot this video it took me back to the fond memories of my childhood. Her waiting for the oil to heat up and then adding the cumin seeds, listening for the soft sizzle sound and a whiff from gently toasting them. Adding turmeric and roasting the spices at each step, soon filled up my kitchen with wonderful aromas. The Final dish, came out just the way I remember her making Chicken Kheema for years, just that this time it was cooked in the Instant Pot.

Obviously, I need to gear up with my publishing now to keep up with her cooking. I am so excited to post her first recipe on Ministry Of Curry that I was able to record!

kheema pav

A few options she suggests are:

  1. Add 1/2 cup of green peas to the curry
  2. Peel and dice a potato and saute it with the veggies. This will give more thickness to the curry if desired.
  3. Add 1-2 spicy green chilies for a spicier keema.

I was very impatient and hungry (as usual) as I shot the video and honestly, the Keema Pav was so full of flavor and aromas that I did not miss any a thing! The gorgeous orange hue from the Kashmiri red chili powder and turmeric, the warmth from the homemade garam masala and the earthy flavors from roasted coriander powder were spot on!

Here is her easy Chicken Kheema recipe:


Kheema Pav - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4
 
Kheema Pav - A popular street food in India, Kheema Pav is a tantalizing curry dish made with minced chicken or lamb cooked with onion, tomatoes, ginger, garlic and earthy spices!
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 2 teaspoon mild red chili powder (We used Kashmiri Chili powder)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 heaping tablespoon coriander powder (We lightly toasted the coriander seeds and then ground them)
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • To serve:
  • 1 tablespoon butter or ghee
  • 8 potato rolls
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil. Add cumin seeds and toast them for 30 seconds. Add turmeric powder and mix well. Add ginger and garlic, mix well.
  2. Add onion and sauté for a minute. Cook covered for 2 minutes with a glass lid on.
  3. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, garam masala, salt and coriander powder. Mix well.
  4. Add ground chicken and breaking it with a spatula. Add ½ cup of water (You can add 2 tablespoons of water for a thicker curry, but I like the extra gravy to dip the bread).
  5. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 4 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  6. Garnish with cilantro and serve hot with potato rolls or burger buns lightly toasted with some ghee on a griddle.
  7. Notes:
  8. Add 1-2 spicy green chilies for a spicier keema.
  9. Also, when I buy the rolls or buns, I check the Sugar contents on the pack. As long as they are 2% or less the Pav does not taste overly sweet and works well with Indian curries.

 

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 PotTandoori 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:


Tandoori Chicken - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
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Chicken marinated in spicy yogurt based sauce that is pressure cooked for moist and fall off the bone delicious Tandoori Chicken - Instant Pot.
Ingredients
  • 2 LB (8) Chicken drumsticks, skinned
  • ½ cup plain yogurt (Make It Dairy Free by using Coconut yogurt)
  • ½ tablespoon ginger, grated
  • ½ tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1-2 tablespoon Kashmiri red chili powder (or any mild red chili powder)
  • ½ 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!

 

 

 

 

Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot

Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – A classic Indian one pot meal that is full of flavors and aromas from whole spices, garam masala and the long grain basmati rice.

I have been trying to perfect my vegetable biryani in the Instant Pot for months now. After the success of my InstaPot Chicken Biryani recipe in just a few tries, I was surprised to see how much different it was to cook vegetable Biryani in the Instant Pot. Although I was using the same rice and similar spices, it took many failed attempts (mushy rice, undercooked rice, mushy veggies etc) before I got the technique right. The key was to choose the right kind of vegetables and also more importantly cut them right so they all cook within 6 mins of pressure cooking time. Continue reading “Vegetable and Paneer Biryani – Instant Pot”

Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot

Chicken Biryani – The epitome of a one-pot meal made with aromatic basmati rice, tender chicken, spices and herbs that is cooked over low heat for the most delectable flavors.

Chicken Biryani is one of my most favorite dishes and definitely one of the most requested meals at my house. I say meal because you have your proteins and grains all together and you really don’t need anything else to accompany this dish. There are many variations of this recipe that originate in several states of India. My favorite, of course, is the one made by my mom that I grew up eating. I distinctly remember the day when her friend came over to teach her how to make “Dum Biryani”. They spent almost half of the day grinding fresh spices, frying batches of caramelized golden onions and then cooking the chicken marinated in yogurt and spices over long grain basmati rice. It was cooked on a low setting in a large pot with a tightly sealed lid. They actually sealed the lid with dough to make sure it was airtight! Hours passed. We all waited for the big reveal and when the lid opened our entire home was filled with a warm, deep spiced aroma. That was possibly the most heavenly biryani I have ever had. Thankfully, we had enough leftovers and it was surprising to see how much more the flavors developed the next day. Continue reading “Chicken Biryani – Instant Pot”

Chana Saag – Instant Pot {Chickpeas and Spinach Curry}

Chana Saag – A vegetarian, chickpeas and spinach dish cooked in onion, tomato based tangy sauce and spiced with turmeric, cumin and garam masala.

In addition to the restaurant-like Chana Masala, this chana saag dish is a staple for weeknight meals and also a good make-ahead dish for pot lucks and dinner parties. Cooked in no time and Chana Saag is packed with protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Here is a link to my original stovetop Chana Saag adapted from a favorite blog!
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Aloo Gobhi – Instant Pot

Aloo Gobhi – Our go to weeknight curry, with cauliflower and potatoes cooked with onions, tomatoes and some of our favorite spices! I have started making aloo gobhi in my Instant Pot and I am amazed to see how perfectly tender the cauliflower and potatoes cook in a short time. Continue reading “Aloo Gobhi – Instant Pot”

Stuffed Baby Eggplant – Instant Pot

I have been trying different recipes in the Instant Pot and I am truly loving the flavors and the ease of use. One of the best dishes I have made is the stuffed baby eggplants in Instant Pot. It is my newest discovery and I am loving the ease with which they can be cooked to perfection. I am so excited to share this authentic stove top recipe of the stuffed baby eggplants in my IP-DUO60 Instant Pot with a video! Continue reading “Stuffed Baby Eggplant – Instant Pot”

Tandoori chicken wings

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”