Thursday, December 29, 2016

Instant Pot Pasta With Tomato Sauce

1 package pasta
1 jar tomato sauce
veggies (I added peas, chopped carrots, peppers and spinach)
a little extra salt
2c. water

Put everything in the instant pot, and set to Manual 2 mins.  NPR at least 10 mins, then quick release is fine.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Instant Pot Kootu

1c. toor dal
3c. chopped veggies (potatoes, peas, carrots, beans)
turmeric (1/2 tsp)
3.5c. water

Cook in Instant Pot for 8 mins manual, QR after 10 mins of rest.  I did pot-in-pot cooking and cooked the kootu in the main pot and rice above it in a smaller stainless steel bowl.

Thaw 1-1.5c. grated coconut in microwave.
In oil, splutter urad dal, cumin and 1 red chili (for mild kootu). Stop just before the dal turns golden.

Grind the coconut and dal mixture together with some water to make a smooth paste.
Add this to the veggie/dal mix in the instant pot, and simmer for a few mins using sauté mode.  Add more salt to taste.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kerala Egg Curry

Kerala Egg Curry

I made this delicious egg curry.  It took an hour, start to finish.  While the onions and tomato were cooking on the stove, I made hard boiled eggs in the instant pot followed by rice.

I only used 1/4 tsp chili powder, and 1 large onion.  Otherwise followed recipe exactly.

Instant Pot Sona Masoori

2.25 c. water
1 c. rice

Cook for 10 mins manual (vent sealed).  NPR

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

1c. water in instant pot
Put trivet in pot, and place eggs on it (as many as you want)
Cook on manual for 5 mins.  Allow to sit in pot for 5 mins after cooking is done, then release pressure.  Place in cold water for a few mins and they'll peel like a dream!

Instant Pot Dal

1c. dal
2.5c. water
dash of turmeric and sambar powder
veggies (tomato, spinach)

Cook for 10 mins manual, NPR

Sunday, December 11, 2016

One Pot Biriyani

Biriyani recipe

Gather these
1cup washed rice
bay leaves
garlic paste
ginger paste
garam masala
chaat masala
coriander powder
coconut milk
green beens
coconut milk
3cups of water
Cut these
2 small potatoes
1 cup of green beans 
1/4 of a cauliflower
1 carrot
1 onion

Blend these

-set instant pot to saute
Start by sautéing onions, cashews,cumin and bay leaves +   with ghee 
-finish saute
add 2 tablespoons of garlic paste
1 tablespoon of ginger paste
5 tablespoons of yogurt
2 tablespoons of garam masala
1 tablespoon of chaat masala
Coconut milk
—taste test the spices
add the puree of green leaves
1 cup of rice
3 cups of water start the instant pot

Set to manual mode
Set eight minutes
Set the pressure setting to sealing
Let it build up pressure and the silver pen will pop up. Then it will start the eight minute countdown.
Let it cook. Once the timer goes off release the steam by setting it to venting. It will rush out.
Once the pressure is released it will drop the pin. now you can open it and it should be ready
Add cilantro leaves

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Instant Pot Rajma

1c. kidney beans soaked overnight, rinsed and drained
1 onion
2 tomatoes
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp turmeric
1 Tb. coriander powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1/2c. cream or yogurt

Saute onion, then add ginger, salt and tomato until well cooked.  Add the spices and cook a few more mins until the raw smell disappears.  Add the kidney beans and sauce a few mins.  Add 1.5c water.  Press bean mode (sealed vent) and let the IP do it's thing.  NPR preferred but I did QR after 10 mins.  Add the cream or yogurt and boil it down on saute mode if needed.

Garnish with cilantro, and serve with rice or roti.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Instant Pot Oatmeal

Makes 2 servings

1/2 oats
1c. water
1/2 c. milk
dash salt

I cooked for 4 mins on manual pressure, then I quick released it.  Tasted great, although some of the oatmeal browned/stuck to the bottom of the pot.  Next time I might try manual low pressure for longer.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Instant Pot Semiya Payasam

1c. roasted semiya
3c. milk
1/2c sugar (I originally used 2/3c and it was a little too sweet)

Combine semiya, milk, sugar in IP.  Manual 4 minutes, natural pressure release.

In a pan, melt ghee and fry cashews and raisins.  Mix into the semiya and add a dash of cardamom.  Enjoy!

Plum Cake

I'm hoping to try this recipe sometime before Christmas! D says it reminds him of the plum cake he had as a kid.

Plum Cake

Thursday, December 1, 2016


Love this subzi with potatoes, peas, and carrots.  I used the large (presto) pressure cooker and cooked for 4 mins with the weight gently rocking.

Veggie subzi