INSTANT POT CHOLE MASALA


This one-pot recipe for the authentic Chana Masala /CHOLE /CHICKPEAS can be made in the Instant Pot or stovetop Pressure Cooker. Chole Masala

Chole with bhatura is a popular combo but my daughter prefers with Jeera rice. Chole Masala is such a delicious and healthy dish. Chickpeas take very long to cook, hence they are perfect for pressure cooking.

Ingredients

1 cup chickpeas(soaked in water overnight)

4 tbsp Mustard Oil  or any cooking oil

2 Bay Leaves

3-4 Green Cardamom 

1 big Cardamom

1 Cinnamon Stick 

1 Big Onion finely chopped

1 tbsp Ginger garlic chilli paste(8 garlic /1″ ginger /2-3 green chilli)

2 Tomatoes Finely chopped

1 tbsp Chana Masala

Salt to taste

1 tsp Turmeric powder

1-2  tsp Red Chilli powder or to taste

1 tbsp Coriander powder

a handful of cilantro /coriander leaves

1 tsp Ghee (Clarified butter)

1 tsp Garam masala 

water 3 cup

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step by step method

Turn on Instant pot on Saute mode once its display hot add oil then once oil heat & smoke then add dry spices.

then add chopped onion and saute till it turns translucent

once onion becomes translucent add ginger garlic chilli paste and cook till raw aroma goes away

add all dry spices Turmeric powder Red Chilli powder Coriander powder and Chana Masala and saute.

then add chopped tomatoes and cook till it becomes soft.

add soaked chickpeas and mix well along with spices

add salt & water and the close lid put on pressure cook mode on high for 20 minute and whistle on sealing position.

once pressure release, the open lid put in on saute normal mode then add garam masala powder.

Must add ghee to enhance the flavour of curry. or you can skip this if you don’t like.

add a handful of chopped cilantro/coriander leaves.

boil your curry as per desired consistency

Serve with Jeera Rice /chapati and Instant Onion Pickle

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How to Steam idli using instantpot


In my last post ,i share how to ferment idli batter using instant pot  HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?

 It is a savory rice cake, made by steaming a batter consisting of lentils and rice.  This recipe makes steamed Idli in the Instant Pot.

I have a non stock idli mold ,if you have a Stainless steel or Aluminum mold then first grease your mold with ghee or oil.  Then add small amount of batter in each mold.While you are doing this, add water to the instant pot and let it boil in Saute mode.Or you can add boiling water in inner pot and do rest same way.

Ingredients

Idli Batter

1 .5 or 2 cup Water

Oil /ghee for Greasing

Method

Add water to the instant pot and heat it in saute mode until it boils.

While the water is heating, grease the idli molds with oil or ghee. Add small amount of batter in each mold.

Place the idli stand in the instant pot and cover the lid and cook it in steam mode High in venting position.

The thing to note is that the time on the instant pot does not work in the venting position, so you have to use a separate timer.  

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In 12 minutes, the idli will be ready.
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You can make multiple batches of idli with the same batter.
Idli’s can be served with sambar  Sambar And Green Coconut chutney  Green Coconut Chutney  and peanut chutney  Peanut Chutney

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HOW TO FERMENT THE BATTER IN INSTANT POT?


 

Fermenting batter is difficult in colder places like the US, especially during the winter months. But guess what Using InstantPot it come to the rescue.

I used to have a hard time getting the batter right. Sometimes it would not ferment and rise enough, and at other times it would be perfect, keeping me wondering what went wrong. But eventually now I can make perfect batter every time.

Today I am sharing one more method of fermenting Idli batter using the Instant pot. Yes, you read that right…you can ferment batter in instant pot. Mix the rice and urad dal batter very well. Add salt and mix thoroughly using a wooden spatula. Place the batter in the inner pot and place the Instant pot in the “yogurt” setting on Normal for 8 hours.
Ensure that the vent is left open for the Yogurt mode.

 

Using the Instant Pot YOGURT mode is a great idea. With an insulated case, the temperature is maintained for the time we need, giving great results irrespective of outside temperature.

NOTE: i removed instant pot sealing and use Instant pot lid or you can Use normal lid to cover that lets a little air through.if its doesn’t ferment then put on low settings for 1-2 hrs more.

In the 8 hours, the batter would have become lighter and doubled in volume as it ferments and you can tell that from the smell too. Now you are all set to cook the batter for some soft and Spongy Soft Idli

try this with this Accompaniment and check it 

Sambar Green Coconut Chutney Peanut Chutney

 

Instant pot kheer


Instant pot kesari Kheer (Saffron flavor Rice Pudding)

kheer is one of the easiest traditional Indian desserts one can make ,it’s  Rich, creamy pudding-like texture and flavored with cardamom and saffron.

check my other recipes Seviyan kheer  Fruity & Nutty Kheer   Sabudana Kheer

Today On this auspicious ocassion of BasantPanchmi/Saraswati puja 🙏The festival marks the end of winter season and the onset of spring.Yellow foods are traditionally consumed during the festival 🙂 

Ingredients

2.5 Cup Fat free Milk Or milk of your choice

1/4 cup White Rice preferably small or medium grain, rinsed

1/2 cup Sugar (adjust to taste)

1/4 cup Mixed Nuts chopped or sliced (cashews, almonds, pistachios) (optional)

1 tbsp Raisins (optional)

1 tsp Cardamom powder

1/8 tsp Saffron (optional)

Method

Add all the ingredients in the instant pot steel insert. Close lid with vent in sealing position.

Set instant pot to PORRIDGE mode for 20 minutes on high pressure.

When instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally.Open Instant Pot and mix well. Rice pudding is ready. Serve warm or chilled.

If needed, to get the desired consistency, cook on SAUTE mode for 2-3 mins. Or add more milk, mix and let it boil for a minute.

Tips

If you have an extra sealing ring for sweet foods, use it.

Based on your preference, you can add sugar, nuts and raisins after pressure cooking too.