Presenting 21 Instant pot curries to suit every palate. The best of Indian curries featuring chicken, lamb, prawns, paneer, beans, mushrooms, vegetables...mmm! Take your pick!
Craving curry? Here's a collection of 21 Indian curries made in the instant pot that will have you salivating.
Making Indian curries has become so easy ever since I started using the instant pot. True, I had my trusty old stovetop pressure cooker but I had to count the whistles, keep track of the time and so on. Sometimes, I forgot to switch it off and my food turned to mush. At other times, I had turmeric-laden liquid spraying all over if the seal was not secured properly.
Now? The stovetop pressure cooker has been banished and my two instant pots take pride of place on the countertop. And making curry dishes has become a breeze!
In this post, I bring to you all your favourite Indian curry recipes in one place. Quite a few of them are from Indian Ambrosia, my blog, but some have been selected from around the web to give you more choice.
All of them go perfectly with either Indian bread (naan, chapati, roomali roti), plain steamed rice, or cumin rice.
Instant Pot Curries (Vegetarian)
1. Paneer Butter Masala by Indian Ambrosia
Soft cubes of Indian cottage cheese in a finger-licking’ nutty-buttery sauce! It comes together so easily in the instant pot, you’ll hardly believe you just made one of the most popular vegetarian dishes on Indian restaurant menus!
Click here for the recipe: Paneer Butter Masala
2. Mushroom Masala by Indian Ambrosia
Mushroom masala is a delicious vegan addition to your collection of Indian curry recipes. If you like mushrooms, you will absolutely love this curry made with white button mushrooms, onions, ginger, garlic, tomatoes, cashews and just two common spices.
Click here for the recipe: Mushroom Masala
3. Punjabi Kadhi Pakora by Indian Ambrosia
Punjabi kadhi pakora is the perfect vegetarian comfort food from North India. Chickpea flour fritters (pakoras) are dipped in a thick and tangy yogurt sauce (kadhi), and tempered with cumin, mustard seeds and dry red chillies. Kadhi is traditionally served with white Basmati rice for a complete meal called kadhi chawal (rice).
Click here for the recipe: Punjabi Kadhi Pakora
4. Mutter Paneer (Indian Cottage Cheese with Sweet Peas) by Indian Ambrosia
A mutter paneer recipe that is simple, fresh and very tasty. Soft paneer and sweet garden peas are cooked in a tomato gravy topped with green chillies and lots of cilantro.
Click here for the recipe: Mutter Paneer
5. Mumbai Pav Bhaji by Indian Ambrosia
Mumbai pav bhaji is an extremely popular Indian street food. Made with mixed vegetables, onions, tomatoes and spices and served with buttered dinner rolls, it is out-of-this world delish and totally addictive!
Click here for the recipe: Pav Bhaji
6. Kala Chana (Black Chickpeas Curry) by Cook with Manali
Kala chana curry is a simple and quick weeknight meal made with basic Indian spices. Goes well with rice or roti and can be made vegan by skipping the paneer.
Click here for the recipe: Kala Chana (Black Chickpeas Curry)
7. Rajma Masala by Indian Ambrosia
Red kidney beans cooked in a thick onion-tomato gravy. Ladled over rice, it makes for a complete meal and a very popular North Indian Punjabi dish called rajma chawal. Vegan, gluten-free and yum!
Click here for the recipe: Rajma Masala
8. Vegetable Korma by Indian Ambrosia
Instant Pot vegetable korma is an easy and healthy everyday recipe made in 25 minutes. Ground cashews and coconut milk add a wonderful creaminess to it. Mop up this vegan curry with fresh Indian bread or go the gluten-free route by pairing it with steamed jeera rice.
Click here for the recipe: Vegetable Korma
9. Aloo Matar (Potatoes and Peas Curry) by Cubes n Juliennes
Click here for the recipe: Aloo Matar
10. Palak Paneer (Cheese and Spinach Curry) by Indian Ambrosia
A tried and tested (and very easy and quick) palak paneer recipe. Scoop up this lovely cheese and spinach curry with piping hot naan to get a taste of a much-loved North Indian dish. Vegetarian and gluten-free.
Click here for the recipe: Palak Paneer
Instant Pot Curries (Non-Vegetarian)
11. Chicken Madras by Indian Ambrosia
A hot and vibrant chicken curry that tastes just wonderful. Deeply flavoured with whole and ground Indian spices, it has spicy, sour and sweet flavours going for it!
Click here for the recipe: Chicken Madras
12. Aloo Gosht (Lamb with Potatoes) by Indian Ambrosia
Fancy succulent bone-in lamb cubes and tender baby potatoes smothered in a delicious, slightly spicy sauce? Aloo gosht is a hearty, filling and satisfying meal made with a few very common ingredients like tomatoes, ginger, garlic, onions and spices. Besides the lamb and potatoes, of course.
Click here for the recipe: Aloo Gosht
13. Achari Chicken (Chicken in Pickling Spices) by Indian Ambrosia
Chicken cooked in Indian pickling spices. It's bold, it's spicy and it's quite intense. Serve it with a cooling raita, fresh salad and naan for a delicious meal.
Click here for the recipe: Achari Chicken
14. Coconut Shrimp Curry by Indian Ambrosia
Creamy coconut shrimp curry over steamed rice is the perfect recipe for weeknights. Ready in 30 minutes from start to finish in the instant pot, this is one tasty one-pot meal that doesn’t take a ton of effort to make. Healthy and gluten-free!
Click here for the recipe: Coconut Shrimp Curry
15. Butter Chicken by Spice Cravings
Who hasn't heard of butter chicken? This decadent dish happens to be a hot favourite in restaurants in New Delhi and dhabas alike. The rest of the world has caught on too. And how!
Click here for the recipe: Butter Chicken
16. Keema Aloo (Mutton Mince with Potatoes) by Indian Ambrosia
A happy coming together of mutton or lamb mince, cubed potatoes and of course onions, tomatoes and spices. A garnish of green chillies, cilantro and slivered ginger gives this curry quite a kick. Slice some onion rings, throw in a few pieces of warm naan, and dinner's ready!
Click here for the recipe: Keema Aloo
17. Mutton Korma by Indian Ambrosia
Mutton or lamb in a rich gravy made with lots of fried onions, yogurt and whole spices. This Mughlai delicacy is the real deal with no potatoes, tomatoes or turmeric.
Click here for the recipe: Mutton Korma
18. Salmon Tikka Masala by Simmer to Slimmer
A delicious fish curry that combines marinated bite-sized pieces of salmon in a creamy, spiced tikka masala sauce. Serve it with naan or basmati rice for an extra-special weeknight dinner.
Click here for the recipe: Salmon Tikka Masala
19. Chicken Tikka Masala by Indian Ambrosia
Britain's favourite chicken curry in an easy avatar! Boneless pieces of chicken thigh are marinated in yogurt and spices, browned to perfection and smothered in a creamy and luscious sauce to make this gorgeous chicken curry.
Click here for the recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala
20. Chicken Vindaloo by Piping Pot Curry
Click here for the recipe: Chicken Vindaloo
21. Lamb Dhansak by Super Golden Bakes
Dhansak is a Parsi dish made by cooking goat or lamb meat with vegetables and lentils. This lamb dhansak curry is delicious, so easy and mild enough for the whole family to enjoy. As with all curries it tastes even better the next day… not that you will have any leftovers:)
Click here for the recipe: Lamb Dhansak
Did you make any of these instant pot curries? Do tell which ones in the comments below!