A collection of the best Indian recipes that can be made easily in your Instant Pot!
Indian cooking can be made so much easier and convenient when the Instant Pot takes over! In over 5 years of cooking in the Instant Pot, I’ve started to default to making most of my regular Indian recipes in the Instant Pot, I rarely use the stovetop for most of my Indian cooking.
If you are new here, and you love Indian cuisine, check out my collection of Indian Recipes – from classic dishes such as Butter Chicken, restaurant-quality appetizers such as Paneer Tikka, regional specialties such as Appams (string hoppers), and much more! Here is a handy guide to Indian Spices that will help you stock up on essentials for Indian cooking.
My Instant Pot recipes are low on effort and easy to make – whether you are a beginner or an experienced cook, these recipes are tried and tested and perfect to add to your weekly meal plan. From chicken curries to vegan recipes, classic biryanis to Indian desserts, there’s something for everyone here. Recipes have been categorized into four categories, for easy navigation:
Indian Curries you can make in your Instant Pot
Instant Pot Chicken Curry
We make this chicken curry so often, it's become a firm family favorite! Delicious and juicy chicken in a rich, aromatic curry made with cashews, tomatoes, and yogurt.
Paneer Tikka Masala
You can make this delicious Paneer Tikka Masala in under 35 minutes in your Instant Pot using my shortcut recipe. A secret hack that I love is to use almond meal for the sauce. Read on to know more....
Saag Paneer is a delicious, earthy dish made with cubes of paneer simmered in a spinach-based sauce. This is a lightened-up version that uses cream just as a garnish. In fact, you can skip the cream altogether!
Chickpea Coconut Curry
Our kids love this chickpea coconut curry! A hearty stew-like curry made with dried chickpeas, coconut milk and spinach, we love it served over rice.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala can be made effortlessly in the Instant Pot! This delicious curry is super-rich, creamy, and full of flavor. Serve it with naan or basmati rice.
Goan Prawn Curry
This Goan Prawn Curry is made with prawns cooked in a classic Goan coconut-based curry. A simple authentic shrimp curry made with classic Indian spices.
This vegetable curry is a great way to get all those veggies packed into one curry - a one-pot recipe that makes use of spinach, pumpkin, carrots, and potatoes. Vegan and gluten-free!
Lamb Bhuna is a classic lamb curry, traditionally made by slow-cooking lamb in a spiced gravy. The Instant Pot version of this recipe can be in under an hour.
Instant Pot Pork Vindaloo
Delicious Goan-style Pork Vindaloo curry is so easy to make in the Instant Pot! This hearty traditional recipe is passed on from the Portuguese during their rule in Goa. You will love the rich and complex flavors of this classic curry.
Mughlai Lamb Curry
This delectable lamb curry is inspired from the royal kitchens of the Mughals. Make it with minimal effort in the Instant Pot.
Vegan and gluten-free, Instant Pot cauliflower curry is a quick, easy, yet wholesome recipe, made in under 30 minutes. Full of flavor, and high on nutrition! We love it served over rice or couscous.
Instant Pot Egg Curry
Instant Pot Egg curry is just what you need for a quick meal fix for lunch or dinner. Egg curry is made in under 30 mins, paired with rice or bread, for the perfect family meal.
Instant Pot Naan Bread
Naan is a breeze to make at home! Soft, pillowy in texture, naan is the perfect bread for butter chicken, chicken korma or just about any curry! Use the Instant Pot to proof the dough, and cut your proofing time in nearly half!
Light, airy, egg-free bread rolls that go with the super-popular Pav Bhaji (mashed vegetable stew). These bread rolls can be proofed easily in the Instant Pot and then baked in the oven.
Indian Rice Recipes
Instant Pot Chicken Biryani
Delicious and aromatic long-grained Basmati rice is layered with succulent chicken, browned onions, and cooked together in the Instant Pot. This is a dish that is fit for a feast!
Instant Pot Shrimp Biryani
Instant Pot Shrimp biryani is a delicious biryani made with long-grained aromatic basmati rice layered with prawns and cooked together. This restaurant-quality dish can be made easily in the Instant Pot!
Instant Pot Kheer
Kheer is a classic Indian rice pudding infused with cardamom and saffron. This luxurious dessert can be made in the Instant Pot, with just 5 ingredients.
Diwali Dessert Jars
This layered Diwali dessert-in-a-jar has three layers of pure indulgence – dulce de leche (made in the Instant Pot), gajar halwa (made in the Instant Pot) and phirni (stovetop)! It is the perfect indulgent Diwali dessert.
Gajar halwa is an aromatic fudgy-pudding made with carrots, ghee, and milk solids. Decadent, fudgy, and utterly delicious, this Instant Pot Gajar Halwa is an easy way to make this Indian dessert!
The smoothest, most decadent mango cheesecake made with fresh mango puree and the best part? There's no added cream! Garnished with sliced fresh mangoes.