Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot

Carrot Halwa, AKA ‘gajar ka halwa’, is a sweet stewed carrots dessert with a delicate aroma of cardamom and saffron!

This year we celebrated mothers day with this delicious Indian dessert cooked in the Instant Pot! The traditional carrot halwa recipes uses milk, condensed milk or evaporated milk. Since this is one of my favorite desserts and I can’t stop myself from overeating, I try to make it a little healthier. My carrot halwa recipe is almost dairy free, but I do use homemade ghee which can be substituted for vegetable oil. I substitute the milk and cream with almond milk and almond flour making it a healthier lightly sweetened dessert. Continue reading “Carrot Halwa – Instant Pot”

Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot

Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – A vegetarian, one-pot, gluten free dish with lentils, rice and vegetables, cooked in ghee, turmeric and red chili powder makes an amazingly flavorful comfort meal!

Khichdi, Khichadi or Kitchari is a nourishing porridge-like dish cooked with lentils and rice. Referred to as the Indian “comfort food”, it is often used for babies and the elderly, a healthy meal that is easy to chew, digest and SO good for the body! Continue reading “Mixed Lentils & Vegetables Khichdi – Instant Pot”

Chicken Tinga – Instant Pot

Chicken Tinga – An authentic Mexican recipe with a delicious, spicy and smoky shredded chicken cooked in onions, tomatoes and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Served on warm tacos or tostadas, topped with purple cabbage, radishes, avocado, pepper jack cheese and cilantro makes a perfect meal!

This year for Cinco de Mayo, I am making this flavorful dish in my instant pot to serve as a delicious taco filling. Chicken Tinga can be made ahead of time as the flavors get deeper and earthier. Continue reading “Chicken Tinga – Instant Pot”

Chicken Korma – Instant Pot

Chicken Korma – A mildly spiced chicken curry made with whole spices like cardamom, cloves, black pepper, and cumin simmered in a light, flavorful yogurt based sauce!

After publishing several Instant Pot recipes, I realized that not everyone enjoys spicy foods. Some children might like to try Indian food but will not because it could be too spicy! As much as I love spices, I do not like them overpowering my food. Just because it is Indian food, it does NOT have to be spicy! Continue reading “Chicken Korma – Instant Pot”

Penne Alla Vodka – Instant Pot

Penne Alla Vodka – A classic Italian pasta dish with smooth and creamy tomato-based sauce is a favorite comfort food of mine!

I love to cook food that I have enjoyed in restaurants and this recipe is my attempt to recreate one of those delicious dishes. I have made this pasta on stovetop for a long time and couldn’t wait to try it in my Instant Pot. Continue reading “Penne Alla Vodka – Instant Pot”

Dum Aloo – Instant Pot

Dum Aloo – A north Indian curry made with baby potatoes simmered in onion and tomato based gravy, spiced beautifully with turmeric, red chili pepper, garam masala and a hint of dried fenugreek leaves!

My mom’s signature recipe, that I grew up eating is a combination of perfectly cooked semi-stuffed potatoes, slow-cooked in smooth, aromatic and creamy sauce.

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Palak Paneer – Instant Pot

Palak paneer is a classic vegetarian dish from north India, made with fresh spinach and cheese, seasoned with fresh ginger, garlic and garam masala. I have been making this stove top recipe for years now. It is my mom’s healthy recipe, without any cream, cooked with homemade ghee and paneer!

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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”

Citrusy lentil soup – Instant Pot

Citrusy lentil soup is a lightly spiced and tangy soup made with simple ingredients like lentils, tomatoes, oranges and some basic spices.

Schools were closed this week for the Blizzard of 2017 so I grabbed the opportunity to experiment in the kitchen with my boys. It was my younger son’s turn this time to cook something in the Instant Pot. He was so excited and this recipe was perfect for him to make!

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