Indian cuisine can be as wonderfully hot as it is varied! There are so many different types of recipes to choose from, albeit predominantly curries.
I was over the moon when I discovered just how easy it is to replicate Indian dishes in my instant pot. And when I did, I spent a great deal of time checking out and testing different Indian instant pot recipes I found on the net,
And now, I’m going to take this opportunity to share my favorites with you. And you don’t have to worry – if you have to cater for palettes that can’t take as much heat as you, I’ve thrown some milder tasting recipes in the shortlist too.
I’ve got a whopping 28 amazing Indian instant pot recipes to introduce, and then I’m going to top that off with a brief section where I answer your most frequently asked questions on the subject.
Now, get those taste buds ready, because here we go!
Let’s kick things off with a classic!
Chicken tikka masala is very much seen as an Indian dish and has become incredibly popular in the Western world. However, the precise origins are unclear. Some say that chicken tikka masala may derive from butter chicken, a popular dish in the northern Indian subcontinent.
This dish is creamy, tomatoey, and isn’t too hot. It’s quite the crowd pleaser!
If you love coconut flavors, trust me, you’re going to love this recipe!
It’s made with creamy coconut milk, along with ginger, garlic, onions and a myriad of flavorful spices.
What’s more, it’s easy to make and is ready to eat in as little as half an hour.
If you love hot, flavorful curry, you probably appreciate it to be paired with milder side dishes such as cooling coconut flavored rice to balance things out. And in my opinion, this is the best Instant Pot coconut rice recipe on the net.
It features real grated coconut, not just coconut oil, and it’s got flavorful additions such as cashew nuts, dhal, coriander leaves, and more.
This is a classic, Kashmiri, Indian dish, with a host of flavorful ingredients, such as red onion, minced garlic and ginger, tomato paste, yogurt, and an array of different spices. This particular version is low in carbs, which is perfect if you’re watching your sugar intake.
It’s super simple to make, you just mix everything, put it in the Instant pot, and just let it do its thing. Better yet, each serving comes in at just 127 calories!
Do you have delicate tummies to cater for? Or you are cooking for those unaccustomed to curries? Then this is the dish you need. Kormas are the mildest of Indian curries.
This particular Indian korma recipe is suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, with vegetables such as wholesome potato, cauliflower, carrots, peas, and green beans. And it also features a range of different spices in a creamy coconut based sauce.
It’s ready to eat in just 30 minutes and is just 277 calories per serving.
Naan bread is a particularly popular Indian side dish, and often pairs perfectly with curries and such.
This naan bread recipe is simple to prepare right in your Instant Pot (see also ‘35 Simple Recipes For Instant Pot Chicken‘). You use the Instant Pot to prove the naan dough, then use a cast iron pan to cook the naan.
It features easy to source ingredients, and comes out wonderfully soft and pillowy.
This is actually a Slimming World friendly fake away curry recipe, and I am pleased to report that it certainly does not compromise on taste!
It consists of stir-fried vegetables, spiced chicken, and a wonderful jalfrezi sauce made with the likes of 0% fat natural yogurt and tomatoes, and passata, and is served with lime wedges.
You can adjust the number of green chilies to your particular liking.
This wonderful cauliflower tikka masala recipe is 100% vegan-friendly and comes in at just 196 calories per serving.
It features non-dairy yogurt (or cashew cream), maple syrup, and a host of yummy spices! What’s more, it’s ready to eat in less than half an hour.
If you love your curry hot, then this is the dish for you! It features chunks of beef shin in a sauce made with such flavorful ingredients as ghee, ground cinnamon, honey, onion, tomatoes, chilies, and more.
The combination of honey and tamarind adds a punch of sweet and sour flavors to the dish, and is sure to satisfy!
I just love this recipe – you get juicy chicken on the bone, with a nice char, and a delicious tandoori marinade.
It’s simple to make, and features flavorful ingredients such as star anise powder, Tandoori masala, ginger and garlic paste, paprika, and lime or lemon juice.
This restaurant quality dish is ready to eat in less than half an hour, and tastes amazing!
It features boneless skinless chicken thighs, canned tomatoes, butter, heavy cream, and a range of wonderful Indian spices. What’s more, it’s so low in carbs that you can even enjoy it on a ketogenic diet!
I just love this Indian twist on the classic American mac and cheese!
It’s wonderfully creamy, thanks to ingredients like vegan butter, and coconut milk, and it also features a delicious array of spices, such as garam masala, cumin, and turmeric, alongside tomato paste, sweet maple syrup, and minced onion and garlic. Yum!
This delicious lamb bhuna curry recipe truly delivers! It’s got such ingredients as tomatoes, thick, Greek yogurt, onion, and seasonings such as cardamom, cloves, nutmeg, cumin, garlic and ginger, and more.
It takes just over 35 minutes to cook, and each serving comes to only 211 calories.
This classic Indian dish is one of the most popular lentil dishes from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
It features black lentil, red kidney beans, ghee, ginger and garlic paste, garam masala, onion, cream, and more. It does take a long time before it’s ready, but I can promise you it’s absolutely worth the wait!
How about a starter course? This simple to make tomato coconut soup is sure to really whet everyone’s appetite ready for the main course.
It’s made with easy to source, flavorful ingredients, such as minced garlic and ginger, honey, tomatoes, onion, coconut milk, turmeric and cayenne pepper.
Why cook your curry and rice separately if you’re just going to combine them together anyway? That’s where biryani recipes come – they feature rice made with your meat, in a spiced sauce.
This particular recipe features chicken thighs, ghee, basmati rice, and a long list of ground and whole spices. But what really makes it for me is the crunchy addition of cashew nuts!
This lovely recipe is 100% vegan-friendly. It’s made with vegetables such as eggplant, zucchini, squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato, chopped greens, along with minced garlic and ginger, mustard seeds, and more.
It’s ready to eat in just 45 minutes, is low in calories, and also happens to be gluten-free.
This classic Indian dish features a wonderfully creamy tomato based sauce, and cubes of paneer cheese. It’s lightly spiced, with the likes of ground turmeric and garam masala. It’s quite the crowd pleaser.
The recipe yields 6 servings, and comes in at just 372 calories per serving.
No Indian curry dish is complete without a side dish of naan bread or rice. And this simple rice recipe is 100% vegan and gluten-free, and can be made in the Instant Pot.
It features basmati rice, healthy green peas, caramelized onions, and aromatic spices such as cumin, cloves, and cardamom. What’s more, it’s ready to eat in less than half an hour.
This is one of my favorite Indian dishes! It’s a simplified one pot version of the authentic palak paneer dish from North India.
It’s made with spinach and cottage cheese, and is infused with such flavors as ginger, garlic, onions and aromatic spices such as garam masala and cumin.
It’s nutritious, low in carbs, gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians.
For those of you who don’t already know, chana masala is basically an Indian chickpea curry. It is packed with fiber and is very filling.
This recipe produces an authentic Punjabi Chana Masala flavor, thanks to the full-bodied sauce with its bold garam masala and deep tomato flavors. It’s delicious.
This vegetarian Indian dish is quite the staple dish in Indian restaurants. And with this recipe you can make it in your own home with the aid of your Instant Pot.
It’s got potato, cauliflower, onion, tomato, and wonderfully aromatic spices including the likes of turmeric and garam masala.
Did you know you can make drinks in the Instant Pot, too? This American-Indian drink is just delicious. And you only need a handful of ingredients to make it, lemongrass leaves, ginger, sugar, lemon juice, and water. And it’s ready in under half an hour.
How about a seafood curry dish with the curry and the rice all in one Instant Pot? That’s what this recipe has to offer. It features fragrant basmati rice, tender-cooked shrimp, diced potato and tomato, minced ginger and garlic, and caramelized onions. And there are warm spices like turmeric, cumin, and garam masala.
This delicious Indian dish is 100% vegan, and it also happens to be gluten-free and soy-free as well. It features mushrooms, chickpeas, cashews, tomatoes, peas in a deliciously creamy sauce with spinach, sugar, and an array of aromatic Indian spices.
This easy to make recipe features coconut milk and tamarind to achieve a divine, tangy, creamy flavor. It’s also got the usual garlic, ginger and onion flavors, together with turmeric and cayenne pepper.
In this hearty Indian dish, cooking the dill with lentils mellows the distinctive grassy flavor of the herb. And who doesn’t love garlic, am I right? Each serving comes to a mere 211 calories, and it’s ready to eat in just 20 minutes.
This South Indian rice pilaf recipe has a distinctive, tangy flavor, thanks to ingredients like fresh lemon juice, roasted nuts, chili, ginger, mustard seeds and more. It’s 100% vegan and is ready to eat in just 20 minutes.
Answers To Your Most Frequently Asked Questions
Is It Worth Getting An Instant Pot?
I would argue that it certainly is worth investing in an Instant Pot for your kitchen. An Instant Pot is effectively 6 different machines for the price of one, with all the different types of cooking it can do. It’s a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, and more.
And once you get into the habit of using it, you will wonder how you ever got by without one.
Is The Instant Pot Good For Indian Cooking?
I am pleased to confirm that the Instant Pot is excellent for cooking Indian cuisine, and I would go so far as to argue that some Indian dishes come out even better when made in an Instant Pot than they otherwise would.
It’s great for curries, rice, dhals, and more.
What Is The Difference Between An Instant Pot And A Regular Pressure Cooker?
The key difference between an Instant Pot and a regular pressure cooker is the pressure level. A standard model Instant Pot has a lower pressure than a regular pressure cooker, coming in slightly lower at 12 pounds per square inch, whereas a regular pressure cooker has a pressure of 15 pounds per square inch.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed browsing through my shortlist of 28 Indian Instant Pot recipes, and that I’ve whetted your appetite enough to give one or two of the recipes a try. They can be quite easy to make, and they taste amazing. Enjoy!