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Instant Pot Vegetarian Curry Delight

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Curries are a beloved part of global cuisine, with a rich history dating back centuries. The term “curry” itself has its origins in the Tamil word “kari,” which means sauce. From Indian masalas to Thai coconut curries, these flavorful dishes have transcended borders and delighted taste buds worldwide. Today, we’re diving into the world of vegetarian curry, a culinary masterpiece that’s not only delicious but also versatile and easy to prepare. What makes this experience even better? The magic of the Instant Pot, a kitchen appliance that has revolutionized cooking, making this Vegetarian Curry Delight a breeze to prepare.

Historical Context: Curries have been an integral part of Indian cuisine for over two millennia. The earliest records of curry recipes can be traced back to ancient texts, showcasing the rich tradition of combining various spices and ingredients to create vibrant and aromatic dishes. As trade routes expanded, curries traveled with them, influencing cuisines in Southeast Asia, Africa, and even the Caribbean.


Step 1: Prep Your Ingredients Gather all your ingredients and prepare them. Chop the mixed vegetables, onion, and tomatoes, mince the garlic, and grate the ginger. Drain and rinse the chickpeas, and dice the tofu or paneer.

Step 2: Sauté the Aromatics Turn on your Instant Pot and select the sauté function. Add the cooking oil and allow it to heat. Once hot, add the chopped onion, minced garlic, and grated ginger. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the onions become translucent and aromatic.

Step 3: Add the Spices Stir in the curry powder, ground turmeric, ground cumin, ground coriander, and chili powder. Toast the spices for about a minute until they release their fragrance, being careful not to burn them.

Step 4: Incorporate Tomatoes Add the diced tomatoes to the Instant Pot and cook for another 2-3 minutes until they soften and blend with the spices, creating a thick, flavorful base.

Step 5: Add Vegetables and Protein Now, it’s time to add the mixed vegetables, diced tofu or paneer, and chickpeas. Stir well to coat them with the aromatic tomato and spice mixture.

Step 6: Pour in Coconut Milk Pour in the coconut milk, which will add a rich creaminess to your curry. Give everything a good stir, ensuring all ingredients are well combined.

Step 7: Pressure Cook Close the Instant Pot lid, ensuring the valve is set to the sealing position. Select the “Pressure Cook” function and set it to 5 minutes. The Instant Pot will build up pressure and then cook for the specified time.

Step 8: Natural Release or Quick Release Once the cooking time is complete, you can choose to either allow the Instant Pot to naturally release pressure for about 10 minutes or perform a quick release by carefully turning the valve to release the steam. Be cautious when handling the Instant Pot during this step.

Step 9: Season and Garnish Open the Instant Pot, and your Vegetarian Curry Delight is almost ready. Season the curry with salt and pepper to taste. If you prefer a spicier curry, you can add more chili powder at this stage. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves for a burst of freshness and color.

Step 10: Serve and Enjoy Scoop your aromatic Vegetarian Curry Delight onto plates, alongside a generous serving of steamed rice or warm naan bread. The creamy coconut milk and the medley of spices will dance on your taste buds, creating a symphony of flavors that’s sure to delight.

Conclusion: Incorporating flavors from diverse culinary traditions, this Instant Pot Vegetarian Curry Delight brings a rich history of curry-making to your modern kitchen. The Instant Pot’s convenience and efficiency make it a fantastic tool to prepare this delightful, healthy, and satisfying meal. Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian or simply looking to explore the world of curry, this recipe promises an unforgettable culinary journey. Enjoy your Vegetarian Curry Delight and savor the rich tapestry of flavors that curry has to offer.


prep time
15 minutes.
cooking time
20 minutes.
total time
35 minutes.


  • Instant Pot

  • Cutting board and knife

  • Wooden spoon

  • Measuring cups and spoons

  • Grater for ginger

  • Can opener

  • Serving bowls and plates


  • 2 cups of mixed vegetables (e.g., bell peppers, carrots, peas, and cauliflower)

  • 1 cup of diced tofu or paneer (cottage cheese)

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, grated

  • 2 tomatoes, diced

  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed

  • 2 cups of coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons of curry powder

  • 1 teaspoon of ground turmeric

  • 1 teaspoon of ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon of ground coriander

  • 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder (adjust to taste)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil

  • Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

  • Cooked rice or naan bread for serving


Prep ingredients.
Sauté aromatics.
Add spices and tomatoes.
Pressure cook curry.
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