We’re sharing the delicious, healthy Instant Pot Indian recipes with authentic flavours and texture from curries to saag including gluten-free, paleo and vegan options. Homemade is often better than takeout!
What’s your takeaway style? Chinese food, the Thai taste or a craving for Indian food? When you remember you’ll get a fresh order of garlic naan on the side, we think you might have an affinity toward the latter. While these Instant Pot Indian recipes won’t let you choose your sides, it will be worth making them; the extra work is no sweat when many of these recipes use simple, aromatic ingredients to bring home that authentic flavour, plus the pressure cooker to cut back on time.
Most of these recipes are probably quicker than picking up the phone and ordering in! Plus, Indian cuisine is naturally quite nourishing and is easier to make even healthier at home.
You can’t go past the classics. This gluten-free Instant Pot butter chicken is perfect for a warm flavorful meal when you want something different without having to leave your cosy home. This is a guest recipe from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook by Archana Mundhe.
This healthy and delicious Instant Pot rice pilaf is made with protein-rich chickpeas (garbanzo beans), warm spices and cilantro for a perfect vegetarian and gluten-free main or side. Similarly to pilaf, you might like to check out our favourite rice biryani recipes for Instant Po.
This Goat-style Instant Pot shrimp curry is simple to prepare but has complex flavours and a little chilli spice to keep every bite interesting and exciting. Serve with rice, cauliflower rice or some naan bread.
This Instant Pot Mushroom & Green Pea Creamy Tomato Curry (Matar Mushroom) is made with sliced white mushrooms that pair perfectly with the sweetness of green peas in a tomato-cashew–based sauce.
This Instant Pot Spinach Rice (also known in Indian cuisine as Palak Pulao) is a nutritious and healthy dish that can be served as a side dish with your favorite curry or a main dish with some vegetables or salad on the side. This rice recipe is super simple and is gluten-free, vegetarian and can be made vegan-friendly.
Dal makhani is an Indian lentil dish – much like any dish with ‘dal’ in the name – and they come together notoriously quick in the Instant Pot. We’re kicking things off with this recipe infused with a healthy dose of cumin, warm spices and tomato plus a garnish of cilantro. This stuff is restaurant quality for sure! Recipe from My Heart Beets.
What’s your Indian recipe knowledge without some chicken tikka masala? You need this one in your life! It’s flavourful and JUST spicy enough, plus it’s inherently dairy-free with that classic creaminess from coconut milk. You can make this one in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot. Recipe from Wholesomelicious.
Chana masala is another Indian food staple. This dish is vegan and gluten-free with a hearty base of perfectly cooked and textured chickpeas, rich with plant protein… oh, and big flavour! This recipe has a rich and tasty tomato base plus all of your classic spices – just make sure to use the freshest ingredients possible! Recipe from My Food Story.
Punjabi black-eyed pea curry or Punjabi Lobia Masala is warm and comforting with rich, buttery beans to enjoy in every bite! Oh, and did you know black-eyed peas are a fabulous source of calcium? They also take less time to cook than the average legume, but that’s not an issue with this Instant Pot recipe, of course. Recipe from My Heart Beets.
If you want nutrient-dense food with Indian taste fast, get this spinach dal on the table tonight. Heck – we won’t even tell if you pick up some naan at the store on your way home. This is cooking with economy and grace at its finest. Recipe from Cooking With Mali.
Rich and creamy, this Indian lamb curry will be a hit with the whole family. Indian spices, tomatoes and coconut pair beautifully with nourishing lamb meat and the whole stew can be on the table in 60 minutes, much quicker than cooking it on a stovetop. In this recipe, we show you how to make this Indian lamb curry in your pressure cooker.
There’s nothing like getting tender, juicy, shredded chicken and perfectly cooked through potatoes at once, and the Instant Pot really comes in handy for that. If you add some curry sauce to the mix, you end up with this fragrant and comforting meal… in minutes. It’s healthy and paleo-friendly to boot. Recipe from Cookin’ Canuck.
One-pot wholesome meal, this Quinoa Khichdi is a healthier spin on traditional Indian khichdi. Made with quinoa and lentils, this khichdi is lightly spiced and packed with nutrition. Recipe from Cooking With Manali.
Paneer is basically Indian-style cottage cheese. It sounds intimidating to make at home, but the Instant Pot makes it quite a bit easier. Besides, it’s a rewarding endeavour when you get to dig into the stuff with those satisfying grill marks on the side after a yoghurt marinade. Are you drooling yet? Recipe from Every Nook and Cranny.
For a greener, even healthier version of Instant Pot paneer dish, try this Indian Saag Paneer curry made with fresh spinach leaves, warm spices and cubed firm cottage cheese in the pressure cooker. Recipe from Yellow Thyme.
Chicken Biryani or Chicken Dum Biryani is a one-pot Indian classic food dish, where marinated chicken is steam-cooked with aromatic basmati rice and flavored with saffron and cardamom. This is a simplified and easy Instant Pot Chicken Biryani recipe you can do in under an hour, from start to finish! Recipe from Spice Cravings.
Goat is underused in most cuisines besides Indian cuisine, so it’s fabulous to have a healthy and scrumptious goat curry recipe handy. This stuff tastes slow cooked, but curry in a hurry holds true with the Instant Pot! It’s all about the spices in this tender stew of goat and potatoes. Serve over basmati or cauliflower rice for a grain-free option. Recipe from My Heart Beets.
You didn’t think we’d leave you without a solid recipe for butter chicken, did you? This is the only one you need! It’s even nightshade-free to boot, so even the most sensitive folks can enjoy the spicy and warming tastes of it. This is the General Tso’s of Indian food… mildly addictive, super delicious and a classic you’ll never tire of. Recipe from The Castaway Kitchen.
Saag is a creamed spinach dish that is oh so dreamy. Greens and ghee are all you need – no cream required in this lightened up, good-for-you recipe. You can use any greens you like in this, or a variety, but traditional opts for spinach and mustard greens – the more you know! Recipe from My Heart Beets.
While this soup isn’t traditional Indian food, it brings together autumnal produce, creamy texture, ease of cooking and an authentic curry flavour that pairs beautifully with winter’s bounty of healthy squash! This recipe is vegan and paleo, so everyone is bound to enjoy it. Recipe from Detoxinista.
Kathal Biryani is a tasty Indian, vegetarian rice recipe that is perfect for a weeknight dinner. You can use mushrooms, paneer, asparagus, or artichoke hearts instead of jackfruit in this recipe. It’s gluten-free and vegan-friendly. This recipe is from the Authentic Indian Cooking With Your Instant Pot by Vasanti Bhadkamar-Balan. Get the recipe here.
Hopefully, you’ve found a recipe for your favourite Indian dish here to make in the Instant Pot! Let us know which dish you’re most excited to make, and share this roundup with your pressure cooking pals!