With the Instant Pot becoming the one kitchen gadget making cooking fast and easy, do you ever wonder what more you can cook with it? The answer is almost everything. Whether you’re a vegan or vegetarian, egg or chicken lover, goat or pork meat lover, you can cook it in your Instant Pot.

Indian food has always been considered a complex cuisine with a variety of spices and a depth of flavors. However, Instant Pot has de-mystified Indian food and made it easy for everyone to cook it at home. There is an abundance of amazing Indian recipes for the instant pot.

If you are vegetarian, check this list of 29 Best Instant Pot Indian Vegetarian Recipes.

I have compiled here the 23 Best Instant Pot Indian Food recipes that are quick and easy to make in Instant Pot.

Paneer & Vegetables

Paneer Butter Masala

Paneer Butter Masala Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
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This one is a favorite for dinners and get-togethers, also known as Paneer Makhani. Extremely easy to make in the instant pot, this recipe uses simple ingredients, flavorsome gravy, and as much Paneer as you like.

Eggplant Potato (Aloo Baingan)

Aloo Brinjal (potato and eggplant curry) in a white bowl with roti Indian flatbread

An easy one-pot curry made with potatoes, eggplants, and aromatic spices in an instant pot or stovetop. A vegan and gluten-free Potato & Eggplant Curry that is a perfect side with roti, naan, or parathas.

Palak Paneer (Saag Paneer)

Palak Paneer Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Palak/Saag Paneer is a popular North Indian dish. This simplified one-pot version of the authentic palak paneer, made in Instant Pot, takes just 20 minutes to prepare. Replace paneer with Tofu to make this dish vegan.

Dum Aloo

Dum Aloo_Ministry of Curry
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The good old Dum Aloo makes a perfect companion to roti, naan, or paratha. Primarily made of baby potatoes in sauteed onion and tomato gravy, this dish can be easily prepared in an Instant pot.

Lentil & Vegetable Khichdi

Masala Khichdi Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 2

Nothing compares to the humble Khichdi when it comes to soul food. With a slight twist of spices and adding vegetables, this becomes a nutritional balanced one-pot meal.

Mushroom Masala

instant pot mushroom matar masala garnished with cilantro

Made with earthy mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, and aromatic spices, this Mushroom Masala Curry is perfect for a delicious warm weeknight dinner!

Aloo Gobi (Potato & Cauliflower Stir Fry)

Aloo Gobi Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 1

This favorite stir-fried curry is an everyday meal in many Indian homes. Found at almost all Indian restaurants, Aloo Gobi is quick and easy to make at home in Instant Pot.

Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Vegetable Pulao is a flavorsome one-pot rice meal mixed with various vegetables and mildly flavored with various spices. This can be prepared in Instant Pot super quickly and easily.

Meat, Eggs & Seafood

Butter chicken

Pressure Cooker Instant Pot Butter Chicken

Butter chicken or murgh makhani is one of the most popular Indian chicken curries worldwide. Instant Pot Butter Chicken is a flavorful dish with chicken cooked in a mildly spiced curry sauce or gravy. This butter chicken is such a breeze to make in the Instant Pot.

Chicken Biryani

Chicken biryani in a bowl

Chicken Biryani is perhaps the most loved one-pot meal. Made from aromatic Basmati rice, tender chicken, and mild flavorsome spices, it makes a comforting meal.

Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Chicken cooked in tomato, onion gravy, and aromatic spices is loved by kids and adults alike. Spoilers: This recipe includes my mom’s tips to make it authentic.

Chicken Tikka Masala

chicken tikka masala in a plate over rice

This restaurant favorite can be easily prepared at home in the instant pot. Made from marinated chicken, thick tomato gravy, and aromatic spices, it most certainly found its place in every weekend or get-together meal.

Goat Curry (Mutton Masala)

Goat Curry Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 1

Goat curry (Mutton Masala) is tender meat cooked in onion and tomato gravy with aromatic whole spices. It can be easily made in an instant pot. You can serve goat curry with naan or rice.

Coconut Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry with coconut milk in a white bowl

This simple Indian coconut chicken curry recipe is made with ginger, garlic, and onions alongside flavorful spices and finished with creamy coconut milk. Pair this dairy-free & gluten-free curry with fragrant basmati rice. 

Egg Curry

Instant Pot Egg Curry

This Egg Curry recipe is a savior when making dinner in less time. This quick and easy dish can be prepared in no time in the Instant Pot.

Pork Vindaloo

InstantPot_PorkVindaloo_PaintTheKitchenRed
Photo Credit: Paint the Kitchen Red

This authentic Pork Vindaloo recipe is originally from the sun and sand state of Goa. This super hot spicy, tangy curry is much loved all over the world.

Coconut Shrimp Curry

Coconut Shrimp Curry Instant Pot

Easy and Flavorful, this Coconut Shrimp Curry can be made in the Instant Pot in just 20 minutes. For extra credit, this dish is also Gluten-free, Paleo, and low-Carb.

Beef Curry

instant pot beef curry in a bowl
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This rich and creamy curry is light on spices yet perfect for wintery weather. Originally from Kerala, beef curry can be easily prepared in an Instant Pot.

Lentils & Beans

Dal Makhani

Instant Pot Dal Makahni . Pressure Cooker Madras Lentils

If you think of one Dal recipe which is the crowd’s favorite at restaurants and equally cherished at family get-togethers, it has to be Dal makhani. This high-protein dish can be served with basmati rice or naan.

Spinach Dal

Dal Palak in a pretty bowl topped with tempering

Could you make a healthy dish even healthier? Spinach Dal is one such dish. This vegan and gluten-free dish can be served with rice or as soup.

Chana Masala (Punjabi Chole)

Chana Masala (Chickpea curry) served in a black bowl

Chana masala cooked in the instant pot makes a healthy and hassle-free dinner. This high in protein and fiber dish can be your savior on a busy weeknight.

Green Moong Lentils

Green Moong Dal with rice topped with onions and lime

Loved by children and the elderly, Green Moong lentils are easy to digest and even easier to prepare in the instant pot. This goes well with rice as well as roti (Indian flatbread).

Black Eyed Peas Curry

Black eyed peas curry (chawli) in a bowl garnished with cilantro

A simple Black eyed peas curry made in an onion-tomato gravy, along with lots of ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices. It is perfect to enjoy with some steaming rice and parathas.

We hope you have found a recipe for your favorite Indian Dish to make in the Instant Pot. Let us know which dish you’re most excited to make, and share this roundup with your friends! 

Don’t forget to check out our roundup of 10 Delicious Instant Pot Indian Dessert Recipes from the best blogs for Indian Instant Pot Cooking.

About Meeta

I strongly believe that each one of us has a chef inside us, we just need to explore the ingredients and create great food. My passion is to share easy, healthy, and wholesome recipes made using Instant Pot & Air Fryer, that are well tested, so you can cook with confidence.

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15 Comments

  1. I’ve had a pkp for over a year, sat in the cupboard doing nothing. Thanks to you it’s been in use every day for the last two weeks. Excellent recipes, lots more to do, thank you.

  2. Love the recipe compilation and already tried a few! Under Pork Vindaloo, please edit it to read sun and sand State of Goa instead of sun and sand city of Goa.

  3. This is an incredible article that I ever came across on such healthy food items that could available to make and in such an easy way I will surely try this and give my feedback for the same and also share it with my friend and family as well for their reference.