Easy, Quick Instant Pot Recipes for Beginners

Last week we added a new equipment to our lovely kitchen, The Instant Pot. Heard a lot of good reviews about this device, how it can be used without worrying much about the food getting overcooked.

Earlier, we had a pressure cooker that mostly households have. We decided for an upgrade to replace an old one. We bought the model: “Instant Pot Duo Nova 7-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker“. As we start using it, I can surely share its advantages or review it after making a couple of recipes.

To start with, here are few simple recipes that we tried in its first week of use:

1.Rice

First thing we tried to make were rice. Its pretty easy & quick.

  • Take 1 cup unsoaked rice.
  • Take water in 1:1 ratio.
  • IP has a default mode for rice. It takes 12 mins. (or)
  • We can also use the pressure cooking setting: 4 mins (Unsoaked, 1:1)
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Rice

2.Dhokla

ingredients:

1 cup chickpea flour, 1 tbsp semolina flour,1 1/2 tsp white sugar, salt to taste, 1/8 tsp turmeric powder, 3/4 cup water, 1 tbsp oil, 1 1/2 tsp Eno fruit salt.

method:

  • Mix the ingredients. Whisk it till its fluffy.
  • Grease the container (preferably steel). Put it on the IP steel rack.
  • IP mode: Steam, 10 mins (or)
  • IP on high pressure cooking: 4 mins
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Dhokla

3.Rajma

  • Soaked red beans over night.

ingredients

2 tbsp oil, 1 cup red beans, 1/4 cup onion & tomato puree, 1 tbsp cumin seeds, 3 tbsp coriander powder, 1 tbsp garam masala, salt to taste, 1 tsp haldi powder, 3 bay leaves, 3 cups of water.

method

  • IP saute mode: add oil, cumin seeds, bay leaves, coriander powder, haldi podwer & onion tomato puree. Saute till brown.
  • IP mode: bean/chili mode, 30 mins cook time (or)
  • IP high pressure cook mode: 7-8 mins
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Rajma

A table to show 2 ways of cooking the above recipes in Instant pot.

MethodRiceRajmaDhokla
IP ModeRice (12 mins)Bean/Chili (30 mins)Steam (10 mins)
Pressure Cooking Time (High)4 mins7-8 mins4 mins
2 IP modes

Do try the recipes in your Instant pot. Any suggestions of what to try next?

Would love to hear from you guys. 🙂