25+ Popular Instant Pot Indian Food Recipes

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Ditch the takeout menu and learn how to make popular Indian recipes at home using your Instant Pot pressure cooker. This post shares a collection of 25+ easy-to-make Instant Pot Indian food recipes that are perfect for busy weeknights as well as for when you are hankering for restaurant-style Indian food.

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25+ Instant Pot Indian Food Recipes

Instant Pot, with its saute and pressure cooking function, makes cooking Indian food easy, fast, and with perfect results every time. The biryanis turn out flavorful with rice grains fluffy and distinct, the legume curries have the perfect melt-in-the-mouth texture, and the meats come out tender, juicy and flavorful.

If you are looking for recipes to make in this electric pressure cooker, this list of 30+ authentic and popular Indian Instant Pot recipes is for you. It is a delightful collection of your favorite Indian vegetarian recipes, and restaurant-style Indian meals, along with some easy everyday meals that are perfect for weeknights.

Rice recipes

Basmati rice

If you use rice cookers or stovetop pressure cookers, I would still urge you to try making rice in the Instant Pot. It takes less time than a rice cooker, is hands-free, and yields fluffy white rice with the perfect texture every time.

You'll love how Instant Pot cooks Basmati rice – fluffy and with each grain distinct and so much faster than a rice cooker. Get the recipe below and learn how to make the perfect Basmati rice. 

Sona masoori rice

Sona masoori rice is widely used and very popular in South Indian cuisine. Most famously, it is an integral ingredient used during the Pongal festival (check out this Instant Pot ven pongal recipe).

It goes really well with curries and dals or to make fragrant coconut rice.

This foolproof recipe for Instant Pot sona masoori rice is fluffy and perfectly cooked in under 30 minutes.

Jeera rice (cumin rice)

After a long day at work, our hungry stomach often demands a satisfying meal that doesn’t take hours to make. That’s when a good recipe for jeera rice will come in handy. Pair it with dal and a side dish to make an elegant yet effortless dinner.

Jeera rice – One whiff of this aromatic, fluffy basmati rice tempered with cumin seeds is enough to get your taste buds tingling. Learn how to make this flavorful rice in ten minutes or less.

Yellow turmeric rice

Homemade Indian Yellow Turmeric Rice has never been easier than this 20-minute Instant Pot recipe. Made with anti-inflammatory turmeric, this fragrant rice recipe makes the perfect side to curries, seafood, chicken, and more!

This yellow turmeric rice recipe comes together in just 20 minutes with the Instant Pot for a vibrant side dish that pairs with curries, seafood, chicken, and more!

Vegetable biryani

Vegetable biryani requires very little hands-on time and is perfect for busy weeknights when you are juggling a million things. Make sure to chop the ingredients the previous day, and you’ll have this delicious-tasting veg biryani in no time. Pair this easy Instant Pot recipe with raita for a complete meal.

Instant Pot vegetable biryani is made by pressure cooking rice, vegetables in a spicy onion-tomato gravy to create this flavorful one-pot vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes.

Egg biryani

Fragrant Basmati rice and masala eggs come together in this delightful egg biryani recipe. Learn how to make this flavorful biryani in a pressure cooker in about 40 minutes.

Instant Pot Egg Biryani is this delightful combination of fragrant Basmati rice cooked with spices and then interlaced with spiced, boiled eggs. Learn how to make this flavorful biryani in a pressure cooker in half the time.

Chicken biryani

Layers of seasoned rice, tender marinated chicken, and homemade biryani masala come together for an authentic and filling dinner in this Instant Pot chicken biryani recipe.

Made in one pot, this Hyderabadi chicken biryani is an aromatic and savory rice dish perfect for any night of the week.

Savory, filling, and bursting with flavor, this Instant Pot chicken biryani makes an authentic and delicious biryani in half the time.

Shrimp biryani

This shrimp dish is perfect for when you want to charm your family of biryani lovers. This is one recipe that I have made over 100+ times because my family can’t get enough of it.

What we love about this dish is that it is spicy (can be made mild), flavorful, and fragrant. 

Looking for a failproof shrimp biryani recipe? I have one for you! This easy recipe will yield the most flavorful, one-pot biryani without a lot of effort

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Curries and dal recipes

Dal makhani

If you have never had dal makhani before, think of it as a creamy, lightly-spiced curry made from whole urad dal and red kidney beans (rajma). You could easily overpower the dish with spices but don’t just a hint of garam masala is enough. The stars of this dish are the lentils – let them shine.  

Restaurant-Style Dal Makhani – You've got to try this creamy delicious lentil curry that graces the menus of Indian restaurants worldwide. Learn how to replicate the flavors of this traditionally slow-cooked curry quickly in an Instant Pot

Tadka dal

This tadka dal is easy to make, needs only a few simple ingredients, and makes for a nutritious accompaniment to roti or rice.

One pot recipes are the best! That’s why you’ll love this Tadka dal (tempered dal) recipe – make it in an Instant Pot or a pressure cooker – and you’ll have your meal ready in no time.

Dal fry

This recipe for dal fry comes from my mom’s kitchen and is fabulous if you ask me. I know I am biased, but I would love for you to try it and share your opinion.

This recipe for Dal Fry is very close to my heart because it comes from my mom’s kitchen. This is my humble attempt to recreate the hearty and lip-smacking dal my mom makes in an Instant Pot. Stovetop recipe is included as well.

Chana masala (Indian chickpea curry)

Chana masala, widely known as Punjabi Choley, is a flavorful, high-protein dish that appeals to both meat lovers as well as vegans and is perfect for a crowd. Pressure-cooked choley is added to an onion-tomato-based sauce that has been seasoned with aromatic spices. It is then cooked some more till all the flavors have melded in. The end result is pure deliciousness!

Punjabi Chana Masala (Choley) popularly known as the Indian Chickpea Curry in the US is a robustly flavored curry that can be quickly put together when cooked in a traditional pressure cooker or an Instant Pot.

Rajma masala

Use your pressure cooker or Instant Pot to make this quick & delicious Dhaba-style Punjabi rajma masala. While you can serve it with rotis, the combination of rajma and chawal (rice) is what makes this dish truly special. 

This quick & easy one-pot Punjabi rajma masala curry is super simple to make and loaded with rich and delicious flavors.

Egg curry

Love eggs? Try this easy North Indian-style egg curry recipe. It is perfect for when you want a quick meal.

Egg curry recipe – There are so many things that you can do with boiled eggs, but lately, we’ve been into this delicious North-Indian style egg curry that you can quickly make in an Instant Pot or stove top. Pair it with rice or rotis to make a complete meal.

Indian Chicken curry

This simple and easy Indian curry chicken recipe is one more reason you’ll love cooking in your electric pressure cooker.

Looking for a simple and authentic chicken curry to make in your Instant Pot? This North Indian-style Chicken curry recipe won’t disappoint. Simple, easy, and flavorful, this chicken dish is a crowd-pleaser. 

Instant Pot chicken tikka masala

Grilled chicken pieces (tikkas) which are crisp on the outside and succulent on the side, are added to a creamy onion-tomato-based gravy to make this finger-licking Indian chicken dish. Most Indian chicken curries are on the spicier side, but you can make this one as mild as you want without impacting the taste. That’s what makes it such a popular dish worldwide.

Making chicken tikka masala at home is easier than you think! Learn how to make this iconic dish in an Instant Pot quickly and effortlessly. You'll never do takeout again!

Instant Pot butter chicken

Butter chicken or Chicken makhani is one of the most popular North Indian dishes in which chicken is cooked in a buttery, creamy tomato-based sauce with a medley of whole spices. Learn how to use your Instant Pot to cook this dish in under 30 minutes.

This authentic and 30-minute Indian Butter chicken recipe is so easy and delicious that I guarantee that once you make it at home, it will soon be part of your weekly dinner menu.

Side dish recipes

Aloo gobhi

Aloo Gobi is the quintessential Indian way of cooking potatoes (aloo) and cauliflower  (gobi). Get the easy recipe to make it in the Instant Pot.

Aloo Gobi is a vegan and gluten-free dish that is an eternal favorite at all Indian restaurants across the globe. Learn how to make this Punjabi-style cauliflower and potato curry in less than 30 minutes using an Instant Pot or over the stovetop.

Aloo matar

Instant Pot aloo matar – this simple peas and potato curry recipe are perfect for days when you want a fuss-free meal that is easy to make and delicious. Pair it with roti or rice to make it a complete meal.

Instant Pot Aloo matar is a delicious potato and peas curry that you can make in 30 minutes. Serve with ghee laden rotis to make it a complete meal.

Palak paneer

If you have never had palak paneer (saag paneer) before, think of it as a mildly-spicy, creamy curry made from spinach and cottage cheese. The silky texture makes it a popular dish to dunk your naans in. 

This simple and easy Palak Paneer (saag paneer) recipe is a healthier take on the popular restaurant-style spinach and cottage cheese curry. Learn how to make it quickly using an Instant Pot or stovetop. 

Punjabi dum aloo

Dum Aloo is traditionally made by deep-frying whole potatoes and then slow-cooking them in an onion-tomato-based gravy. It is a popular north Indian dish and is commonly found in most Indian restaurants. This recipe calls for shallow frying potatoes and is a healthier take on the classic dum aloo recipe. 

This easy and delicious Punjabi style Dum Aloo gravy is perfect for families who want to savor this lovely dish without spending hours in the kitchen. Leverage your pressure cooker and make it in about 30-minutes. 

Tandoori chicken

Making Tandoori chicken at home just got easier with this Instant Pot recipe. Learn how to replicate the restaurant-style flavor without a tandoor.

This authentic Tandoori chicken recipe will make the most flavorful and authentic chicken that is crisp on the outside and succulent on the inside – just like it is supposed to be! The recipe includes both Instant Pot and oven version. 

Plain, butter, and garlic naan

You can make naan bread at home without a tandoor! This easy-to-follow post will teach you how to make pillowy soft plain, butter, or garlic Indian naan bread at home using your stovetop

Easily make pillowy soft naan bread with this plain, butter, and garlic naan recipe.

Dessert recipes

Gajar halwa

Gajar halwa, or carrot pudding, is a delectable dessert made from grated carrots, milk, and sugar. Learn this (almost) hands-free approach to making one of India’s most beloved desserts using an Instant Pot.

Make this mouth-watering Gajar Halwa or Carrot Halwa in around 30 minutes. No more toiling in the kitchen for hours!

Rice kheer

Making Rice Kheer just got a whole lot quicker with this easy Instant Pot Kheer recipe. This Indian rice pudding comes out creamy and flavorful without spending hours in the kitchen. This rice recipe is very similar to the popular arroz con leche recipe with just subtle differences.

Rice Kheer is a sweet and creamy Indian Rice Pudding. This dish is often served hot or cold and makes a delicious side dish or dessert.

Sev payasam (vermicelli kheer)

Semiyan payasam or vermicelli kheer makes use of sev or vermicelli, that’s made of wheat semolina. Most commonly served during festivals or as offerings to God in temples. I am not sure what’s the best aspect of this dish – its mind-blowing taste or the ease at which you can make it.

Seviyan kheer or Semiyan payasam is a creamy and delicious dessert that you can put together in a cinch. That is why it is perfect for potlucks. Make it in an Instant Pot or a slow cooker and all you need is less than 5-minutes of prep time.

Moong dal halwa

Moong dal ka halwa is a famous (and addictive) North Indian dessert that many people enjoy during the winter months. It is very time-consuming to make over the stovetop; that’s why you’ll love this almost hands-free Instant Pot recipe.

Popular in North India, moong dal halwa is a delicious way to use lentils and ghee, typically on special occasions like weddings or Diwali. This homemade version is reminiscent of what you'd find in India, but made quick and easy in the Instant Pot!

Fruit custard

This fruit custard recipe also goes by the name of fruit salad in India. In this recipe, fruits are added to a thick and sweetened custard sauce.

Making the custard sauce in the Instant Pot is such a game changer since it does not require much monitoring like you would if you made it over the stovetop. Try this recipe today!

This Indian fruit custard recipe combines seasonal fruits with sweet creamy custard sauce to make this delectable dessert that is perfect for a crowd. Check out the almost hands-free version using an Instant Pot (stovetop recipe included as well).

Other easy Instant Pot recipes to try

  • 30+ Instant Pot vegetarian recipes – Looking for vegetarian recipes to make in your Instant Pot? Then this collection of fast and easy Indian curries, biryanis & side dishes is perfect for you!
  • 20+ Instant Pot dessert recipes – Save this list of 20+ drool-worthy Instant Pot dessert recipes – they’ll come in handy when you are in the mood for a quick and easy dessert.
  • 30+ Instant Pot rice recipes – From Indian Instant Pot recipes like chicken biryani to global recipes such as Mexican rice, you’ll find a variety of options to choose from in this collection of recipes.
  • 30+ Popular Instant Pot curry recipes – Cooking Indian curries just got easier! Grab your Instant Pot and pick a recipe to make from this collection of Instant Pot curry recipes that include 30+ delicious vegetarian, chicken, lamb, and seafood curries to choose from.

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