Looking for vegetarian recipes to make in your Instant Pot? Here is the BEST collection of 29 Instant Pot Indian Vegetarian Recipes!  You can find a variety of vegetarian curries, lentils, beans, and rice recipes from all over India. 

With the Instant Pot, cooking Indian food at home is no longer complex. As I said in my 23 Best Indian Food Recipes roundup, Instant Pot has demystified Indian cuisine for people worldwide. Many readers asked for the best vegetarian and vegan recipes that they could use for meal planning. So I am sharing this roundup with 29 Vegetarian Instant Pot recipes from the best blogs.

1. Chana Masala

Chana Masala (Chickpea curry) served in a black bowl
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Chana masala or Chickpea Curry made in the instant pot is a healthy and hassle-free dinner. Also called Chole, this dish is high in protein and fiber, which makes it a healthy, satisfying dinner.

Get the Chana Masala recipe.

2. Dum Aloo

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Photo Credit: Ministry of Curry

A North Indian favorite curry made with baby potatoes sautéed in onion and tomato sauce. Dum Aloo goes well with hot butter naan, roti, or paratha. It can be easily made in a pressure cooker.

Get the Dum Aloo recipe.

3. Paneer Butter Masala

Instant Pot Paneer Butter Masala topped with cilantro and cream with naan bread on the side

Paneer Butter Masala is a favorite dish of vegetarians for any party or get-together. It is also known as Paneer Makhani and is extremely easy to make in the instant pot. It has chunks of paneer cottage cheese cooked in mild onion tomato gravy.

Get the Paneer Butter Masala recipe.

4. Vegetable Korma

Vegetable Korma served with rice in a bowl

This restaurant-style creamy vegetable korma is a perfect blend of vegetables with a creamy coconut based sauce. A vegan & gluten-free curry made in the instant pot that pairs perfectly with naan or rice.

Get the Vegetable Korma recipe.

5. Pav Bhaji

Pav Bhaji in a plate with onions and lime

A favorite Indian street food, Pav Bhaji is made with potatoes and vegetables cooked in a tomato base and enjoyed with pav or dinner rolls. This one-pot version of Pav Bhaji made in the Instant Pot has made it a popular weeknight dinner for many.

Get the Pav Bhaji recipe.

6. Aloo Gobi

Aloo Gobi Instant Pot Pressure Cooker 1

Instant Pot Aloo Gobi makes a wonderful vegetarian main dish or side dish for an Indian-themed meal.  This Indian Cauliflower with Potatoes recipe is quick and easy to make in the pressure cooker.

Get the Aloo Gobi recipe.

7. Palak Paneer

Palak Paneer made in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Palak Paneer, also called Saag, is a popular dish made with spinach and cottage cheese. There is another popular North Indian dish, Mustard Greens Saag, which is very similar but made with both mustard greens and spinach. If you want to make this dish vegan, check out the Palak Tofu recipe.

Get the Palak Paneer recipe.

8. Matar Paneer

Creamy Matar Paneer served in a bowl with roti and onions on the side

Matar Paneer is an authentic North Indian curry made with green peas and paneer, cooked in a mild onion-tomato sauce. This restaurant-style Matar Paneer Masala is easy to make in less than 30 minutes in the instant pot or stovetop.

Get the Matar Paneer recipe.

9. Dal Makhani (Madras Lentils)

Dal Makhani made in the instant pot, served in a earthen pot with some brown rice and spices in the back

One of the most popular lentils ordered at restaurants is Dal Makhani.  Interestingly this dal is very similar to the Madras Lentils you might have tasted at Costco. Here you will see how to make the lentils and pot-in-pot brown rice for a complete meal in one go.

Get the Dal Makhani recipe.

10. Pumpkin Curry

indian pumpkin curry (kaddu ki subzi) garnished with cilantro in a bowl

This Indian pumpkin curry is a delicious and healthy vegetable curry that can be made in less than 30 minutes for a weeknight dinner. Vegan & gluten-free! 

Get the Pumpkin Curry recipe.

11. Spinach Dal

Dal Palak (Lentils with spinach) in a pretty bowl with rice on the side

Spinach Dal is the perfect example of making healthier lentils by adding spinach. This vegan and gluten-free dish can be served with rice or as soup.

Get the Spinach Dal recipe.

12. Cauliflower Tikka Masala

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Photo Credit: Vegan Richa

Vegan Richa shows how to make a delicious tikka masala sauce and then cauliflower tikka masala with it. This is a great vegan dish for a weeknight dinner.

Get the Cauliflower Tikka Masala recipe.

13. Vegetable Briyani

Vegetable Biryani Rice garnished with mint leaves and roasted nuts

A classic Indian rice dish made with flavourful and aromatic basmati rice, whole spices, and garam masala. One-pot Vegetable Biryani made in the instant pot is so easy to cook with the same authentic flavors! Perfect for a weeknight dinner with a side of raita or for special occasions. 

Get the Vegetable Briyani recipe.

14. Potato Curry

Potato Curry served with puffed Indian flatbread on a plate with red onions.

An easy and comforting Potato Curry made in tomato gravy in the Instant Pot. This North Indian Potato Curry is also known as Aloo Rasedar. This vegan and gluten-free potato curry is great for quick weeknight dinners.

Get the Potato Curry recipe.

15. Kadhi

Punjabi Kadhi made in Instant Pot served in a balti with spinach pakoras
Photo Credit: Spice Cravings

Punjabi Kadhi Chawal, a yogurt chickpea soup served with rice, is an all-time favorite comfort food in many North Indian homes. Spice Cravings shows you how to make it in the Instant Pot.

Get the Kadhi recipe.

16. Kala Chana / Black Chickpeas Curry

Punjabi Kala Chana or Black Chickpeas Curry made in Instant Pot. A homestyle mild spiced curry, best enjoyed with rice

Kala chana is a mildly spiced black chickpeas curry with many flavorful spices. Kala chana has excellent protein and is a great dish for vegetarians to enjoy with rice!

Get the Kala Chana Curry recipe.

17. Saag Aloo

Saag aloo (spinach potato curry) in a bowl

Saag Aloo is a popular North Indian dish with winter greens/mustard leaves. Make this dish with spinach or kale leaves in the Instant Pot for a quick and easy dinner.

Get the Saag Aloo recipe.

18. Lemon Rice

Instant Pot Lemon Rice

Here is a flavorful, tangy, and crunchy Lemon Rice from South India. Aromatic Basmati Rice flavored with lemon juice, mustard seeds, and ginger and topped with roasted peanuts. It takes less than 30 minutes to make this delicious rice in your instant pot.

Get the Lemon Rice recipe.

19. Sambar

Lentil Sambar served in a bowl

This recipe is to make the popular South Indian Lentils “Sambar” in an instant pot.  It is easy to make sambar and even easier in an instant pot. 

Get the Sambar recipe.

20. Chana Dal

Chana Dal made in pressure cooker served in a bowl and topped on rice

Easy & Delicious Chana Dal made in the Instant Pot. Split Chickpeas are cooked with ginger, garlic, onion, tomato, and flavorful spices, to make a comforting soup.

Get the Chana Dal recipe.

21. Khichdi

Simple comforting Kitchari made with lentils and rice served in a bowl

Moong dal khichdi is a wholesome and nutritious meal made from rice and moong dal. It takes less than 30 minutes to make and is a perfect comfort meal for weeknights or when someone is under the weather!

Get the Khichdi recipe.

22. Black Eyed Peas Curry

Black eyed peas soup in a bowl garnished with cilantro

Black Eyed Peas Curry or Lobhia Masala, a popular dish in North India, is made in an onion-tomato gravy with lots of ginger, garlic, and aromatic spices. It is perfect to enjoy with some steaming basmati rice and parathas.

Get the Black Eyed Peas Curry recipe.

23. Misal Pav

Curry topped with crunchy farsan served with dinner rolls (pav) and onions/lime on the side

A delicious Maharashtrian breakfast, Misal Pav is a spicy sprouts curry made in the instant pot. Misal Pav is a wholesome meal that can be enjoyed as a nutritious breakfast or brunch.

Get the Misal Pav recipe.

24. Dal Dhokli

Easy dal Dhokli recipe

Dal Dhokli is a hearty one-pot meal in which spiced wheat flour dumplings are simmered in a flavorful, sweet, spicy lentil soup. This meal is called Dal Dhokli in Gujarat and Rajasthan, and Varan Phal or Chakolya in Maharashtra.

Get the Dal Dhokli recipe.

25. Moong Dal Fry

Instant Pot Moong Dal Fry. Split Yellow Lentils in Pressure Cooker

Moong Dal Tadka (Split Yellow Lentil Soup) is a popular dal similar to Toor Dal Fry used for everyday cooking in India. It is a quick, easy, and low-calorie nutritious lentil soup.

Get the Moong Dal Fry recipe.

26. Mushroom Matar

instant pot mushroom matar with rice and spoons on the side

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

Get the Mushroom Matar recipe.

27. Rajma Masala

Rajma served over rice and garnished with cilantro

Rajma Masala, or Vegan Red Kidney Beans Curry, is among the most loved Punjabi dishes.  It is a great comfort food enjoyed with rice or roti.  Here you will find how to make Rajma in Instant Pot and pot-in-pot Brown Rice for a complete meal.

Get the Rajma Masala recipe.

28. Aloo Baingan

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

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala is a simple and flavorful curry.  A vegan and gluten-free Potato & Eggplant Curry that is a perfect side with roti, naan, or parathas.

Get the Aloo Baingan recipe.

29. Vegetable Pulao

Vegetable Pulao in a white bowl made in Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Vegetable Rice Pilaf or Pulao is an easy one-pot rice dish mixed with various vegetables and mildly flavored with various spices. This one-pot dish is quick and easy to make in the instant pot.

Get the Vegetable Pulao recipe.

We hope you have found a recipe for your favorite Vegetarian Indian dish 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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  1. I love your recipes and making them. They always turn out perfect ! And thank you so much for this wonderful compendium of 29 curries. Awesome !
    Greetings and many thanks from Pakistan 🇵🇰 😀

    1. Hi Raana – Thank you for your kind words! I’m delighted to hear that you enjoy my recipes and find them perfect.