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. 

 

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!

ragda patties

Growing up, I devoured plated and plates of ragda patties made by my mom. When the time came for me to make it myself I found it intimidating with it’s 2 part recipe and all those toppings. After making it a couple of times I realized that it really isn’t as complex as it looks.

ragda patties

Here are couple of tips on making ragda patties EASY and moreover doable:
  • Boil and peel the potatos ahead of time – Medium potatoes or large potatoes cut in half pressure cooked for 10 mins does the job well.
  • Make the tamarind chutney 2-3 days ahead of time or go ahead and buy a store bought jar.
  • If you like it spicy, buy some green chutney or make it ahead of time.
  • And lastly, don’t forget to soak the white peas for 8 hours.

I like the convenience of using Instant Pot or my stove top pressure cooker for perfectly cooked, soft, melt-in-mouth peas curry. Here is a quick video on how to make the Ragda {curry} for the Ragda Patties in Instant Pot:

Follow this detailed recipe for Ragda, Patties and our way of assembling this flavor-bomb dish!

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Ragda Patties

A delicious street food from India, A mouthwatering white peas curry served over potato patties.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 4
Author Archana Mundhe

Ingredients

Ragda Curry

  • 1 cup dry white peas Soaked in water overnight or 8 hours
  • 2 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon asafetida optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 tablespoon ginger grated
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic minced
  • 1 large ripe tomato diced (1 cup)
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala More for spicier curry
  • 1 tablespoon mild red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar or jaggery packed
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste concentrated
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped for garnish

Potato Patties (Makes 16)

  • 3 large yellow potatoes halved
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon green chillies minced
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon corn flour
  • 2 tablespoon oil or as needed

Tamarind Chutney

  • 2 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 6 tablespoon brown sugar or jaggery
  • 1 tablespoon of water

Optional toppings

  • 1 medium red onion finely diced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro chopped
  • 1/2 cup thin sev
  • 1 tablespoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin powder

Instructions

Ragda Curry

  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the hot sign displays, add oil. Allow the oil to heat up for a minute. add mustard seeds. Allow them to splutter, this may take upto 2 mins.
  2. Add asafetida, turmeric, onion, ginger and garlic. Sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add tomato, cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, red chili powder and salt. Mix well.
  3. Add soaked peas. Add brown sugar, tamarind paste and 2 cups of water. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 20 minutes followed by NPR.
  4. Open IP, garnish with cilantro. Adjust salt, garam masala and water depending on the spice level and consistency you like.

Potato Patties

  1. Add 1 cup water to Instant Pot. Keep the trivet inside and place the potatoes on it. Close the lid with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 10 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  2. Open the instant pot. Peel the potatoes and put in a large mixing bowl. Add ginger, chillies, salt and corn flour. Mash everything together with a hand masher to make a smooth dough.
  3. Take about 2 tablespoon of the dough and form a ball, press to make a 2 inch disc. Repeat for remaining dough.
  4. Heat a large non-stick griddle and spread half of the oil on it. Depending on the size of the griddle place all or half of the patties on it. Cook until both sides are golden brown. Adding remaining oil as required.
  5. Turn the heat off and you can keep the patties on the griddle until you are ready to assemble the ragda.

Tamarind Chutney

  1. Mix all together to form a smooth chutney.
  2. Optionally you can reduce the brown sugar or jaggery by using 6 dates and 2 tablespoon of brown sugar. Make a smooth paste in a blender.

To assemble:

  1. Place 2 patties on a plate. Add 1/2 cup of ragda on top. Add 1/2 tablespoon (or more) of the tamarind chutney. Add some red onion, cilantro, thin sev, red chili powder and cumin powder on top. Enjoy and Repeat!

Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Dill Dhokli – A nourishing and satisfying meal with homemade whole wheat noodles cooked in a peppery chili-garlic dill sauce!

In Indian cooking Dill is used as main ingredient, rather than a herb in several dishes. I remember growing up not being a big fan of Dill. After the birth of my older son while my Mom was visiting, she made Dill lentils with a touch of chickpea flour and lots of minced garlic. That recipe made me fall in love with Dill. I have since cooked with Dill so many times that my entire family enjoys Dill. Continue reading “Dill Dhokli {Dill stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot”

Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice – Instant Pot

A favorite amongst my boys, Black Eyed Peas Curry cooked in a smooth onion, tomatoes and coconut based sauce has earthy flavors from turmeric, cumin seeds and coriander seeds and is perfectly spiced with the mild Kashmiri red chili powder and aromatic garam masala.

Piping hot black eyed peas curry with rice and some warm chapati’s is a common scene in our home. Continue reading “Black Eyed Peas Curry and Rice – Instant Pot”

Sweet Coconut Rice – Instant Pot

“Absolutely eat dessert first. The thing that you want to do the most, do that.” –     Joss Whedon Sweet Coconut Rice – An Ambrosial dessert made with basmati rice, grated coconut and a hint of aromatic cloves, cardamom, and saffron! Sweet Coconut Rice, also known as “Narali Bhath” is a traditional Maharashtrian recipe cooked especially on “Narali Poornima” which a full moon day during the auspicious month of Shravan. Continue reading “Sweet Coconut Rice – Instant Pot”

Thai Red Curry Chicken – Instant Pot

The rich aromatic Thai Red Curry Chicken is on our repeat list for busy weeknights as well as relaxed weekend meals. This authentic tasting red curry gets a flavor punch from sweet and spicy colorful peppers picked from our local farmers market and is garnished with fresh Thai basil leaves.

From curries to rice dishes to noodles, we have been garnishing them all in ambundance with our homegrown aromatic Thai basil – a star ingredient! Continue reading “Thai Red Curry Chicken – Instant Pot”

Daal Dhokli {Lentil stew with homemade noodles} – Instant Pot

Daal Dhokli or Chakolya is a popular, one-pot meal from the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes Daal Dhokli an ultimate comfort food!

This mind-bogglingly delicious and wholesome recipe has complex flavors from tamarind and jaggery,  soft melt in the mouth textures from the homemade wheat noodles and the nutty flavors from mustard seeds, cumin, and peanuts!

After over indulging from a vacation or while recovering from an illness, this easy daal dhokli recipe can make a good detox meal!

Here is our attempt to make this two-step recipe in the Instant Pot. If you have cooked daal and have kneaded dough, this recipe is a must try. Traditionally the daal for this dish is made using Toor Daal or yellow pigeon peas but can also be made using mung daal or masoor daal.

Few options FOR this daal Dhokli recipe:
  1. Substitute any cooking oil instead of ghee to make this a Vegan Daal Dhokli.
  2. Add 4 cloves and 1 cinnamon stick with the lentils to add warm flavors and aroma.
  3. Stir in 2-3 big handful of chopped spinach just before adding the dhokli.

Thanks to Mom, without whom I would have been skeptical making and sharing this recipe and video. She makes cooking seamless and pleasurable. Here is my Mom, making the mouth-watering Daal Dhokli in Instant Pot:


Daal Dhokli - Instant Pot
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 5
 
Daal Dhokli - Savory whole wheat noodles cooked in sweet, spicy and tangy lentil stew makes an ultimate comfort food!
Ingredients
  • Part I: Daal
  • 4 tablespoon ghee, divided (or 2 tablespoons of cooking oil)
  • ½ teaspoon mustard seeds
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon asafetida
  • 10-12 fresh curry leaves
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
  • 3 teaspoon garlic, grated
  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon jaggery or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind paste
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoon peanuts
  • ½ cup toor daal, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • Part II: Dhokli
  • 2-1/2 cups whole wheat flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon chickpea flour
  • 1 cup of water or as needed
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp carom seeds
  • ½ tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • 1 tablespoon oil, divided
Instructions
  1. Turn Instant Pot to Saute(More) mode. Once the 'hot' sign displays, add 2 tablespoons of ghee or cooking oil. Add mustard seeds and allow them to splutter. Add cumin seeds, asafetida and curry leaves. Add turmeric, ginger, and garlic. Mix well.
  2. Add tomatoes, red chili powder, jaggery, tamarind paste, salt, peanuts and toor daal. Mix well.
  3. Add 2 cups of water, give a quick stir and close Instant Pot with the Pressure valve set to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 8 mins followed by Natural Pressure Release.
  4. While the Daal is cooking, make the dough by mixing 2 cups of whole wheat flour, chickpea flour, salt, carom seeds, red chili powder, turmeric and half tablespoon of oil. Use water as needed to make a firm yet pliable dough. I used little more than ¾th cup of water. Add remaining oil and knead the dough well. Make 5 balls from the dough. Using the extra whole wheat flour, roll the dough balls into 10-12 inch thin circles. Using a pizza cutter, cut each rolled tortilla into 1-inch squares or dhoklis. Put the cut dough pieces on a platter. Sprinkle a little bit of dry flour before layering the pieces on a tray to avoid them from sticking to each other.
  5. Open Instant Pot after the pressure has released naturally. Turn Instant pot to saute mode and using an immersion blender, gently blend the daal for 5 seconds. Add 3 cups of water, mix well, cook covered with a glass lid and bring the daal to a gentle boil.
  6. Add half of the dough squares to the daal and mix gently. Add remaining half dough squares, mix again. Close Instant Pot with the pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 2 minutes followed by Quick Release. Mix the Daal Dhokli, add another tablespoon or two of ghee (recommended but optional) and garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy Piping hot!
  7. Notes:
  8. You can add 4 cloves and 1 stick of cinnamon to the daal for more warm flavors.
  9. Add 2-3 handful of chopped spinach in the daal before adding the dhoklis and stir well.

 

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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Serves: 6
 
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.