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chicken korma
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Chicken Korma - Instant Pot

Chicken Korma - A mild and healthy chicken curry cooked in whole spices and then braised in yogurt based sauce.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken korma, instant pot
Servings: 3
Calories: 257kcal


  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs cut into pieces I used 6 skinless drumsticks
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 4 green cardamom whole
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 12 black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ginger grated
  • 1 teaspoon garlic minced
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ cup full fat or greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped, for garnish

Pot in Pot Rice

  • 1 cup basmati rice rinsed and drained
  • 1.5 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • Turn the Instant Pot to sauté mode and heat oil. Add whole spices (cardamom, cloves, black pepper and cumin). Saute for 30 secs.
  • Add onion and mix well. Saute for 2 minutes covered with glass lid.
  • Add ginger, garlic, turmeric, red chili powder, ground cumin, ground coriander and salt. Mix well.
  • Add chicken, mix well to evenly coat all the spices to the chicken.
  • Add ¼ cup of water. Close Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Cook on Manual(Hi) for 8 mins followed by 5 min Natural release.
  • Open the Instant Pot, add a few spoonfuls of hot curry to the yogurt and mix well. This step is important to avoid the cold yogurt getting split in the curry.
  • Cook on Saute mode to thicken the sauce. Garnish with chopped cilantro! Garnish with cilantro and enjoy with hot steamed rice. Be sure to pick out and discard the whole spices while you eat. 



  • We enjoy this curry a bit soupy. If you want a thick curry, reduce the ¼ cup water by adding only 2 tbsp of water and saute in the end for few extra minutes.
  • For boneless chicken thighs or breasts - cook for 5 mins followed by 10 minute natural pressure release. 

Pot in Pot Rice

  • In step 5, before closing the Instant pot, add rice, water and salt to a stainless steel pot.
  • Place a tall trivet in the Instant and place the rice pot over it. 


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 947mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 180IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 2.4mg
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