Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread – Instant Pot

Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread  – A perfect combination of sweet and savory, this buttery, cheesy cornbread is packed with the flavors and earthy aromas of fresh corn and peppers.

Served warm with chili or soup, this  jalapeño cheddar cornbread makes a perfect cool-weather meal or a great side dish for the holidays!  Continue reading “Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread – Instant Pot”

Chicken Coriander Soup – Instant Pot

Chicken Coriander Soup – A delicacy from Indo-Chinese restaurants, this soup with complimenting flavors from lemon, ginger and chilies, crunchy vegetables and soft cooked chicken makes a flavor and nutrition packed meal.

This recipe is a combination of my mom’s lemon coriander soup and the soup I have enjoyed for years from the Indo-Chinese restaurants. This recipe uses mom’s lemon coriander soup as a base, to which I add more vegetables and chicken to make it a one-pot meal. Continue reading “Chicken Coriander Soup – Instant Pot”

Pumpkin Bread Pudding – Instant Pot

Pumpkin Bread Pudding – A relaxed weekend brunch or a laid-back cool autumn evening calls for a smooth and creamy bread pudding made with rich pumpkin custard and warm spices!

In the midst of this gorgeous fall weather, with pumpkins and apples everywhere, we can’t help but enjoy the nature’s bounty. Making cakes, parathas, pancakes and bread puddings with the homemade pumpkin puree! Continue reading “Pumpkin Bread Pudding – Instant Pot”

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”

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
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 
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
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”

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
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hrs
 

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

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
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. 

Nutrition Facts
Summer Berry Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 475
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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

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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”