I have been using the Instant Pot for some time now, but I totally understand that this new appliance can be scary for someone starting.  I have seen posts about people waiting and thinking about buying this complex pressure cooker and some who bought it, but have not used it yet.  I have shared why I love the instant pot in the previous post, so if you are on the fence about buying one, do read it.

I suggest you take the dive and attain cooking nirvana with this great device.  It is totally worth your time and counter-space.

Here are some tips for readers new to using the Instant Pot:  

  1. Dry the steel insert or pot completely before inserting in the unit.
  2. Make sure the vent position is set at Sealing before you begin Pressure Cooking.  Otherwise you might be wondering after many minutes, why the pressure has not built yet.
  3. Make sure the vent position is at Venting before you begin Slow Cooking.
  4. Clean the steel insert and the lid after each use. You may also want to clean the sealing ring frequently to avoid odors in the food. DO NOT immerse the base unit in water.
  5. Always add water or another liquid to pressure cook food.  About a cup of liquid is usually enough.
  6. I suggest doing the hot water test before starting to use the instant pot.
  7. DO NOT obstruct or cover the pressure cooking vent.  That is where the steam releases and covering it could damage the instant pot.
  8. DO NOT place the instant pot on a stove.  I have read about many people damaging the instant pot by mistakenly starting the stove.

See the Instant Pot online manual here.  Most of the above tips are buried in the details.

  1. IP – Instant Pot
  2. PIP – Pot in Pot method
  3. QR – Quick pressure release
  4. NR or NPR – Natural pressure release
  5. 10 min NPR – Release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then manually release the remaining steam.

Interesting tidbit 

  • Your Instant Pot can make popcorn.
  • And it can make cheese cakes
  • You can cook multiple items simultaneously, saving time to get a complete meal.

And finally here is where you can buy the instant pot, if you haven’t already committed to it.  Check out accessories for instant pot here and check out my Instant Pot recipes here.

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. Great website. The mystery for me was how much water to add in and for how long a time to pressure cook desi food. However you solved this issue right on. I still need to know if the sauté function should be performed on low or high setting for the chicken curry recipes. Also please add a recipe for keema.

    Thanks for some very useful information here including great recipes that are the crux of Indian cooking.