Happy New Year 2019! Thank you for all the love and support in 2018. I LOVED hearing from you via my blog as well as social media channels. Please continue posting comments, questions and don't forget to rate the recipes you have tried. Based on what you guys liked the most, here are the Top 10 Instant Pot recipes of 2018:
Over 300,000 views and counting! This recipe changed the way many of us cooked Chicken Biryani for years. It not only simplified the process but made it possible for us to enjoy the authentic tasting Chicken Biryani on busy weeknights. With just a little bit of prep that can be made ahead we can make Chicken Biryani in under an hour, YAY!!
And I was thrilled to see many of you chose this recipe as your first-ever Instant Pot recipe - "Amazing recipe! Just got my instant pot today and this is first thing I made in it. 🙂 So glad, the biryani was flavorful and tasty. Much more convenient than the dum cooking when you want to fix up some biryani in a short time. Thank you so much for this!"
A classic Indian one pot meal that is full of flavors and aromas from whole spices, garam masala and the long grain basmati rice. This Vegetable & Paneer Biryani can be made with our without paneer and also works well with frozen veggies.
This was my most popular recipe for parties and potlucks as it can be easily doubled and made ahead. Here is what one reader said "What can I say…. absolutely delicious! Your instructions were exact and perfect. I am now going to look on your website to find my next recipe. Thank you so much for taking the time to work out all sizes and settings- really appreciated!"
Made from the best Irish Kerry Gold Unsalted Butter, this WHOLE30 approved Ghee recipe using Instant Pot has been popular for 3 reasons:
- Cooks consistently each time
- Makes the process easy & fool-proof
Here is what one mom said about this recipe - "Thank you for this post. After several failed attempts on stovetop finally i got the ghee i always wanted to prepare.i am a busy mom so it is hard to babysit the ghee but this one was awesome, 10 minutes only job. Never buying ghee from store when its so easy to make with clean ingredients and cheaper too. Thanks again!!"
Delicious potato and cauliflower curry made with aromatic spices is cooked in 20 minutes using Instant Pot recipe was much appreciated by everyone. This Vegan Aloo Gobhi can be enjoyed with rice for gluten free options. Check out all the tips and tricks for making a perfectly cooked aloo gobhi and also how to to adjust spice levels to your taste.
I wish I could also track all of the social media reviews on how you love the short videos on each recipe. It was lovely to see this comment - "Wow. Perfect recipe and instructions! I just followed it to the dot and it turned out to be perfect! Thank you very much"
This is one recipe that I almost hear everyday from you guys. I am glad that this creamy, restaurant-style Dum Aloo curry that I grew up eating has become your favorite too, plus it is so easy to make vegan dum aloo. If you haven't tried this recipe yet, it is a MUST-TRY!
Here is what my blogger friend Laura said "Hi Archana I made this yesterday and wow! Amazing sauce and I’m so glad I made a big batch with some now in the freezer for my next Indian feast. My husband, whose mum is an amazing Gujarati cook, said it was fantastic too"
A vegetarian, one-pot, gluten free dish with lentils, rice and vegetables is comfort in a bowl. Although, I use a mix of vegetables and lentils, this recipe can be adapted to use as many lentils as you like and frozen vegetables can be easily substituted for fresh. I was glad that you guys found the guide to lentils, beans and peas AKA Indian Pulses so useful.
I loved hearing how this recipe also works for special diets - "This is delicious. I am on Weight Watchers Simply Filling program and with a couple of simple changes(canola oil for ghee and brown rice for white), it is perfect. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes. Thanks for the simple, clear instructions."
Another restuarnt -favorite, this Palak paneer can be cooked in 15 mins using the Instant Pot recipe! Cooked in one pot and made smooth & creamy using the immersion blender, serve with steamed rice or hot parathas this dish makes an awesome meal with easy cleanup! Don';t forget to check out all of the pro tips on how to keep the dish looking bright and fresh.
I am excited to hear how you guys adapt the recipe so well with the ingredients you have - "EZ to make, healthy and flavorful! Made for a sumptuous Sunday lunch. (Couldn’t resist the snooze after that)!! Becoming a fan of my newly acquired instapot. EZ clean up too.
Used bag of frozen chopped spinach. I didn’t have paneer so I substituted with fresh mozzarella balls."
This robust, peppery curry dish made with ground chicken or lamb has so many variations and serving suggestions that it can please almost everyone:
- Add green peas or potatoes
- Add diced chilies for spicier kheema
- Substitute ground chicken with ground lamb, turkey or beef
- Serve with toasted buns, naan, rice or as a chili topped with diced red onions, jalapeños, corn, cilantro and a squeeze of lime for a gluten-free option
Here is what one of the recipe fan said - "I’ve now made this with ground chicken and ground turkey. Both are great. My nine year old loves this recipe! He calls it “Indian Sloppy Joes.”
Butter Chicken AKA Chicken Makhani that growing up was more of a treat than usual homemade food. We mostly ate it at restaurants. I am excited to have developed this healthier version that is made with ghee and coconut cream and is now on repeat in not only my kitchen but so many of yours. This Butter Chicken can be adapted for whole30 diet by simply skipping the sugar. So give this whole30 butter chicken recipe a try if you have not already.
Here is what one reader said - " I made this recently and my family LOVED it. My husband and kids described it as “ridiculously good”. This is a popular takeout dish for us so I am extremely grateful that you shared a recipe for it. We can now skip the takeout and have a homemade meal when we are craving this. I can’t wait to try it with veggie meatballs (hoping to make a trip to Ikea today to get the frozen ones you recommended in your malai kofta recipe)"
Children & adults with varying spices tolerence all devour this dish. Making pot in pot rice at the same time is a huge time savior. This chicken curry is so flavorful without being over powered with too many spices. With your popular equest, I recently published the Shahi Chicken Korma recipe that is a rich & creamy version of this recipe garnished with nuts and raisins.
So satisfying to hear comments like this from you - "Absolutely ADORED your korma! Chicken is infused with deep flavour, spices are enhanced without being overpowering. Thank you (AND we are extremely demanding food wise) for this wonderful recipe!"
♥♥ Once again THANK YOU for an AMAZING 2018! I LOVE to hear from you, so please continue comment on the blog, share your food photos with hashtag #ministryofcurry on Facebook or Instagram, so I can see it and other followers can enjoy it too! Thank you and Happy Cooking in 2019 ♥♥