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10 Indian Recipes That Will Make You Want To Get Out Your Instant Pot...Instantly

Time to put that Instant Pot to use and also, like, every spice you have in your cabinet.

Lentils, stews, simmered meats, and rice dishes are all staples of Indian cuisine, and the Instant Pot (with its wide variety of cooking settings) is the perfect way to try out new Indian recipes.

1. Vegetable Sambar

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This South Indian side is often served at breakfast with dosa (thin rice pancakes) or idli (steamed rice cakes) but is also delicious on its own as a soup. Get the recipe for mixed vegetable sambar here.

2. Easy Instant Pot Vegetable Biryani

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You already know your Instant Pot is a great rice cooker - up your game with this fast and fragrant dish that also happens to be vegan and gluten-free. Get the recipe for vegetable biryani here.

3. Instant Pot Butter Chicken

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A round-up of some of the internet's best Indian Instant Pot recipes would be incomplete with Urvashi Pitre's butter chicken - a dish so popular it's earned her the illustrious title of "The Butter Chicken Lady" which is, coincidentally, also how I sign off all my work e-mails. Get the recipe for butter chicken here.

4. Badam Halwa

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Oh HECK yeah you can make dessert in your Instant Pot. This 6-ingredient vegan almond halwa recipe substitutes ghee (clarified butter) for lime juice and salt and can be eaten as is or chilled and rolled into ladoos. Get the recipe for Instant Pot badam halwa here.

5. Instant Pot Indian Beef Curry

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This recipe uses both the sauté and pressure cooker functions of the Instant Pot for a tender Kerala-style beef curry. Get the recipe for beef curry here.

6. Daal Tadka with Basmati Rice

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This is a great simple recipe for Toor Daal (aka Yellow Split Pigeon Peas aka Varan Bhaat in Marathi aka quite literally the only thing I ate as a child). Eat your dang legumes and get the recipe for daal tadka here.

7. Mint and Beetroot Raita

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Summery and just a little sweet, this cooling yogurt salad is the perfect side to help balance out a spicier main dish. Get the recipe for raita with mint and beets here.

8. Daal Makhani

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These creamy lentils are best finished off with fresh cilantro and kasoori methi (dried fenugreek leaves). Get the recipe for daal makhani here.

9. Instant Pot Sweet Punjabi Lassi

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As someone who sprays herself with a probably weird amount of rose water daily, maybe l might as well start incorporating more rose water into my diet too??? This rosewater and cardamom lassi (a very tasty yogurt-based drink) is refreshing and incredibly easy to make in your Instant Pot. Get the recipe for sweet lassi here.

And finally, 10. Instant Pot Pav Bhaji

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This popular street food is a spicy mashed vegetable mix served with buttery, toasted pav (dinner rolls). I drool. You drool. We all drool for pav bhaji. Get the recipe for pav bhaji here.

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