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”

Green Tomato Chutney – Instant Pot

Green Tomato Chutney – A piquant mouth watering chutney made with summers best raw-tart tomatoes, spicy jalapeños and a hint of sweetness!

When I first discovered this recipe, I thought it was a genius idea to use up those excess tomatoes and make this healthy & delicious chutney packed with vitamin C! Continue reading “Green Tomato Chutney – Instant Pot”

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”

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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Recipe type: dessert
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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.

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
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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.

 

Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto – Instant Pot

Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto – I first tasted this heavenly risotto a few weeks back at the Saltyard restaurant in Atlanta! Anything with words beetroot and risotto is something I would want to try and I was pretty surprised with the delicate and distinctive flavors of this gorgeous dish.

My son and I were visiting Atlanta for academic competitions with some friends. We all had a great time watching the competitions and were proud to come home with a few medals. While in Atlanta, we got to spend few evenings dining out as we explored the beautiful city.

One evening we dined at the Saltyard restaurant that had a very engaging atmosphere. They offered a wide selection of diverse cuisine cooked from locally sourced ingredients. As we sat down at the relaxed and vibrant dining room, we were impressed by all the seasonal dishes on their tapas menu. Butterbean guacamole bruschetta, street-cart-style corn, flash fried Brussels (drooling), we savored every dish as it arrived. The presentation, the ingredients, and the taste were all on the mark.

My favorite was the red wine and beetroot risotto, cooked with seasonal tender spring peas, beetroot, lemon oil and garnished with Parmigiano-Reggiano, golden fried garlic chips, and fresh dill. Every bite of that creamy risotto was packed with the distinct flavor of the fresh ingredients, and with a beautiful creamy texture of arborio rice cooked to perfection with the hint of red wine.

red wine and beetroot risotto

When I came home, trying out the beetroot risotto in my instant pot was on my to-do list. I usually buy beetroots with leaves, that I saute with some Indian spices for a healthy side dish or stir-fry with lentils.

beet roots

Peel and slice each beetroot into 3-4 slices. These sliced cook tender in the instant pot in about 7 minutes of high-pressure cooking time.

beetroot slicesStart with garlic, and a lot of it, thinly sliced. Turn the Instant Pot on Saute(More) mode and once the hot sign displays, cook them in olive oil for 4-5 mins stirring frequently until they turn crisp and golden. Take the garlic slices out and keep aside for garnishing. I then cook the risotto in the same garlic infused the oil.  The result is creamy, flavorful and stunning beetroot risotto with a hint of red wine that can be enjoyed with some freshly grated parmesan, scallions or parsley, fried garlic and freshly ground pepper.

Here is my version of the Red Wine and Beet Root Risotto in Instant Pot, inspired from the saltyard restaurant:


Red Wine & Beetroot Risotto - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
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Red Wine and Beetroot Risotto - A delicious, healthy and beautiful dish with creamy textures and delicate flavors from red wine, garlic, and beets.
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8-10 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 medium beetroots, peeled and sliced
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Garnish
  • 2 tablespoon Parmigiano Reggiano, grated
  • 2 tablespoon scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn, ground
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(more) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil and garlic. Cook garlic, until they turn golden and crispy stirring frequently. Take the garlic out and keep aside, leaving the extra oil in the pot.
  2. Add onions and cook for 1-2 mins until translucent and soft. Add rice and lightly toast for a minute stirring often. Add red wine and mix well, cooking for a minute as the wine reduces.
  3. Add broth, sliced beets, and salt.
  4. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook in Manual(Hi) for 7 minutes followed by NPR.
  5. Open the Instant Pot and take out the beets in a small blender. Blend to a smooth puree and put the puree back in the Instant Pot. Mix well. Add fresh ground pepper.
  6. Garnish with Parmigiano Reggiano, scallions and garlic slices.
  7. Enjoy hot!

 

Corn Poblano Chowder – Instant Pot

Corn Poblano Chowder – An earthy, peppery corn chowder cooked with summer’s seasonal bounty of sweet corn, tomatoes, poblano peppers, spicy jalapeno, potatoes and fresh parsley. A satisfying, gluten-free vegan recipe without any cream or cheese and is so effortless in the Instant Pot. Continue reading “Corn Poblano Chowder – Instant Pot”

Malai Kofta – Instant Pot

Malai Kofta – A classic north Indian dish, often served in restaurants; is made with deep-fried vegetable dumplings{koftas} that are tossed in a creamy tomato based sauce.

The traditional recipe is a 2-step process. First, the kofta/dumplings are made using assorted vegetables and cheese or ground meat, spices and then deep fried. The dumplings are then added to a creamy tomato based sauce. The result is a melt in the mouth, delectable dish that can be enjoyed with steamed rice or Indian bread. Do check out my recipe for the Chicken Kofta curry recipe.

The secret ingredient in this recipe that makes it super fast are the GRÖNSAKSBULLAR veggie meatballs from IKEA. They are made with chickpeas, green peas, kale, corn, onion, red peppers and pea protein.

malai kofta

A few weeks back a friend of mine made an incredibly delicious Punjabi Kadhi with vegetable balls in her Instant Pot. When I told her how much I loved it, she brought me a huge bag of frozen vegetable balls from IKEA! Yes, the Swedish furniture store! These veggie balls looked great and I could not wait to try them.

Last Friday, while I was debating between a take out and cooking something quick, I decided to put the vegetable balls to test in my InstaPot. I used the healthy and easy butter chicken sauce recipe, tossed the frozen veggie balls and cooked for a minute. The result was a big bowl of yumminess that my boys wiped out in no time.

If you do not have IKEA near you, I would suggest trying your local grocery store for other meatless meatball options, paneer or tofu as a substitute!


Malai Kofta - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
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Malai Kofta - A classic north Indian dish, often served in restaurants; is made with deep fried vegetable dumplings{koftas} that are tossed in a creamy tomato based sauce.
Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp Kashmiri red chili powder (or any mild red chili powder)
  • 3 plum tomatoes, pureed
  • 1 can coconut milk (regular and not low fat)
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garam masala**
  • 2 tbsp dried fenugreek leaves
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 24 frozen vegetable balls
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Set Instant Pot on Saute(More) mode, after the 'hot' sign displays, add ghee.
  2. Add onions and 1 tsp salt. Cook until onions are soft and translucent for 2 mins (with a glass lid on to speed this process)
  3. Add ginger, garlic, turmeric and red chili powder. Mix well.
  4. Separate the coconut cream and water. Keep the coconut cream aside. Add only the watery portion of coconut milk and pureed tomatoes mixing with spices.
  5. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing position. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 4 mins followed by quick release.
  6. Open the Instant Pot, allow to cool for a couple of minutes. Using a hand blender, carefully blend the sauce until smooth. Stir in tomato paste, garam masala, fenugreek leaves and sugar.
  7. Add frozen veggie balls. Close Instant Pot lid with sealing and cook on Manual(Hi) for 1 minute, followed by quick release.
  8. Add the coconut cream and gently stir everything together.
  9. Garnish with cilantro.
  10. Enjoy with steamed rice or parathas.

 

 

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!

 

 

 

 

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”