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2-Ingredient Plum Jam (Instant Pot | Stove)

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like summer in a jar!  Sweet & tart plums cooked with sugar, and reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency! Yum! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #jam #plums #preserves #condiments

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like capturing the fresh flavors of summer in a jar!  Plums and sugar is all you need to make this pot of deliciousness.  I cook down the sweet and tart plums with sugar, which helps them release their juices and natural sweetness.  I cook it till it reaches a thick, spreadable jam-like consistency!  This flavorful, sweet and slightly tart jam is one of my favorite things about summer!

This recipe for 2-ingredient Plum Jam is like summer in a jar!  Sweet & tart plums cooked with sugar, and reduced to a thick, spreadable consistency! Yum! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #jam #plums #preserves #condiments

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Instant Pot Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cakes)

Instant Pot Rava Idli, savory steamed semolina cakes by Spice Cravings. These idlis made with rava, with mixed in corn, peas, carrots, and cashews. These rava idlis are soft and spongy and a real favorite with my kids. Made with semolina flour called Rava, this dish is a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast dish called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Soft & spongy Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cake), is a favorite with my kids. It's a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #indian #breakfast #brunchSoft, spongy, melt-in-your-mouth Rava Idli is a real favorite with my kids. Rava Idli, which is made with semolina flour called Rava, is a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast dish called ‘Idli’ (steamed rice & lentil cakes).

Super easy to make, this instant breakfast or snack recipe needs no grinding or fermenting, and comes together in 30 minutes, with only 5-7 minutes of active cooking time.  In this recipe, I made rava idli in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, using my newest kitchen toy, Silicone Molds.  These molds work great for a variety of recipes including, eggs-bites, mini lava cakes and more.  I love it when a kitchen accessory can be used for multiple recipes!

Kids Love it:

I mix in some frozen corn, frozen peas, chopped carrots, and chopped cashews into the idli mix, to give the idlis a bite and bump up their nutritional content. This combination and small size of each idli makes it a great snack or school lunch option for kids.

Soft & spongy Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cake), is a favorite with my kids. It's a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #indian #breakfast #brunchServing suggestion:

Rava Idli can be enjoyed for breakfast, brunch or snack.  In my house, we each have a different ‘favorite’ condiment to enjoy it with. We have it with ginger chutney, coconut chutney, cilantro-mint chutney, and ketchup… yes, ketchup:-)

Here’s how easy it is to put this together:

Soft & spongy Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cake), is a favorite with my kids. It's a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #indian #breakfast #brunch

Mix idli ingredients, keep aside for 15 mins

Soft & spongy Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cake), is a favorite with my kids. It's a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #indian #breakfast #brunch

Turn on SAUTE and add water

Soft & spongy Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cake), is a favorite with my kids. It's a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #indian #breakfast #brunch

Grease idli mold

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Prepare tempering

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Turn off heat

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Add to idli batter

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Mix well

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Add ENO fruit salt and mix gently

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Place tray on trivet and lower in pot

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Stack the second tray on top, steam for 12 mins

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Cool for 2-3 mins

Instant Pot Rava Idli, savory steamed semolina cakes by Spice Cravings. These idlis made with rava, with mixed in corn, peas, carrots, and cashews. These rava idlis are soft and spongy and a real favorite with my kids. Made with semolina flour called Rava, this dish is a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast dish called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Enjoy Rava Idli with your favorite chutney!

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Soft & spongy Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cake), is a favorite with my kids. It's a variation of the popular south-Indian breakfast called 'Idli' (steamed rice & lentil cakes). Made with semolina (rava), corn, peas, carrots, and cashews, these savory cakes make for a healthy & tasty breakfast or brunch . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #indian #breakfast #brunch

Instant Pot Rava Idli (Steamed Semolina Cakes)

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Serves: Makes 14 Idlis Cooking Time: Steam mode 12mins

Ingredients

  • Idli mix (Mix the following ingredients and keep aside for 15 mins)
  • 1 cup Sooji/Rava/Semolina
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4-1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste- I add 3/4)
  • You can customize the following ingredients to your liking
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cashews or peanuts
  • 2 tablespoons frozen corn
  • 2 tablespoons frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons chopped carrots (chop them about the size of peas)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated ginger, OR, 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • To be added just before cooking
  • 3/4 teaspoon Eno Fruit Salt, OR, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda+1/2 teaspoon citric acid
  • Tempering
  • 1 teaspoon ghee
  • 1/2 teaspoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1 teaspoon Urad Dal (Split Black Lentils)
  • 4-5 curry leaves, chopped
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped (optional)

Instructions

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Prep: In a large bowl, add all ingredients listed under 'Idli Mix', and mix well. Keep aside for 15 minutes while you prep the instant pot and molds. Add 2 cups of water in the inner pot and turn on SAUTE (high), so that the water comes up to a boil. Grease the silicone molds or Idli steamer lightly, using PAM cooking spray or ghee. Keep aside.

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Prepare tempering: Heat a fry-pan on medium-high heat. Add all ingredients listed under 'Tempering'. Wait for the mustard seeds to pop, and urad dal to turn golden in color. Remove from heat and mix in the idli batter.

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Cook idli: Add Eno fruit salt in the batter and mix it in gently. Don't over-mix the batter. Fill up the silicone molds about 3/4th of the way. Place the silicone tray on a trivet and lower it in the instant pot. At this point the water will be boiling, so be careful while doing that. Carefully stack the second mold on top of the first one, placing it such that the cavities DON'T overlap. If using Idli stand, fill up the idli molds 3/4 of the way and follow the same process. Close the lid. Set vent at VENTING position. Press STEAM for 12 minutes. The Instant Pot doesn't count down the timer in STEAM mode, so set an external timer (oven, microwave, siri, alexa).

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Idli is done: When the timer is done, let the pin drop before opening the lid, takes about 30 seconds or so. Carefully open lid and remove the silicone molds or idli stand. Let the idlis cool for 2-3 minutes before popping them out of the mold. If using the silicone molds, they slip right out when you invert the mold and push gently. Serve idli warm, with your favorite side of chutney. We love ours with homemade cilantro-mint chutney and ginger chutney.

Chole Bhature (Chickpeas Curry with Fried-Puffed bread)

Chole Bhature, by Spice Cravings. Chole Bhature is a popular dish from the Punjabi cuisine in Northern India, where a Chickpeas curry, called Chole (Cho-lay), is served with a puffed, deep-fried bread, called Bhatura (Buh-too-ray). #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

Chole Bhature is a popular dish from the Punjabi cuisine in Northern India, where a Chickpeas curry, called Chole (Cho-lay), is served with a puffed, deep-fried bread, called Bhatura (Buh-too-ray). Growing up, Chole-Bhature used to be our regular Sunday brunch.  This happens to be my kid’s favorite Indian vegetarian meal, and it has now become a tradition in our home, to make it for our Diwali dinner.  We like to enjoy it with some sweet and spicy lemon pickle. Yum!

Punjabi Chole

Punjabi Chole, is Chickpeas curry, where Chickpeas, also called Garbanzo beans or Chana (in Hindi), are soaked overnight to re-hydrate, and then cooked with fresh onions, ginger, garlic and seasoned with a unique spice blend of garam masala, Anardana (Pomegranate) Powder, and amchur (dry mango powder), which gives it an earthy and slightly tart taste! Alternatively, you can use Canned Chick Peas and make this dish in under 30 minutes.

Punjabi-Chole-Chana Masala Instant Pot Garam masala Kitchen

Here is a quick and easy RECIPE for Punjabi Chole.

Bhatura or Deep-Fried Bread

Bhatura, is a fluffy deep-fried bread from the northern Indian region.  It is the yin to the yan of chole in the chole bhature.  It is typically made with a dough of all-purpose flour, yogurt, oil and spices. I have a simple recipe for making home-made Bhatura, that requires some time and muscle power, but I promise you, it’s worth it. I knead the dough to a semi-soft consistency, and then let it rest to achieve some fermentation. The rested dough is kneaded again, divided into small portions, and each portion is rolled out into a circular shape, using a Rolling Pin on any flour-dusted flat surface, like a granite counter-top, or a large wooden board.  I then deep fry these discs till they puff up with steam and are golden brown.

My tried and tested, semi-home-made trick for Bhatura

Chole Bhature, by Spice Cravings. Chole Bhature is a popular dish from the Punjabi cuisine in Northern India, where a Chickpeas curry, called Chole (Cho-lay), is served with a puffed, deep-fried bread, called Bhatura (Buh-too-ray). #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie

I’ve been making home-made pizza for over a decade now. When I don’t have time, I typically end up buying fresh, ready-made dough, from the produce section of Trader Joe’s, or a local Pizzeria. It’s as good as the home-made dough, minus the work. Since the dough consistency and process is so similar to Bhatura recipe, one day I ended up deep-frying pizza dough to test out the results. All I can say is, “BULLSEYE!!” Since then, I alternate between both kinds. I have to say, pizza dough works so much better and faster for a weeknight festivity, or, when I am entertaining. Off lately, I have started buying the Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough from Trader Joe’s. It’s healthier, has more fiber than the regular dough, plus we love the taste. Try it sometime!

Electric Tortilla maker, Punjabi Chole Bhature, Garam Masala KitchenHow to roll out the perfect shape for Bhatura: Most kinds of Indian flatbreads have to be rolled out in a circular disc shape. And that takes time and practice to perfect. But, if rolling the dough isn’t your thing, you can easily get perfectly round Bhature using this cool gadget, Electric Tortilla Maker. It makes the process so much smoother and faster. Simply place the dough ball in the top center of the flat plate, press down once, press down again and lift. And you’ll have an evenly rolled out (or pressed down) circular shaped Bhatura in under 10 seconds. I use this to make Puris too! Continue Reading…

Rice Pudding- Kheer

Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine.  It is typically made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, and is enhanced by cardamom or saffron, and dried fruits and nuts like cashews, almonds, pistachios and raisins.  There are many variations and names of this sweet treat all over India.  It can also be made with broken wheat, tapioca or vermicelli.  Kheer is typically served as a dessert and is often made as an offering during prayer ceremonies or festive occasions.

Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, enhanced by cardamom or saffron. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

60 different variations:

Rice puddings are found in nearly every area of the world.  There are variations in recipes based on cooking methods and list of ingredients, but rice (or a similar starch) and milk seem to be the common ones in most.  According to Wikipedia, there are close to 60 different variations of Rice Puddings around the world.

Arroz Con Leche:

Another popular rice pudding is the Spanish/Latin American dessert called Arroz Con Leche, which literally translates to ‘rice with milk’. My daughters had to make traditional Latin American cuisine for their Spanish class at school. One of them opted to make Arroz Con Leche. She came home with a recipe, and that’s when I realized, how similar it is to Kheer. My daughter’s rice pudding got rave reviews at school and we added another great recipe to our family favorites! If you want to try it, I’ve added that recipe too!

Arroz-Con-Leche-Instant pot, Rice pudding-Kheer. Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, enhanced by cardamom or saffron. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Dairy-Free & Nut-Free Alternative:

This recipe can be made dairy-free by substituting milk with unsweetened, regular Almond milk, or full-fat coconut milk.  I’ve tried using low-fat coconut milk, but it just doesn’t taste creamy and smooth like it should.  I have observed that whenever I make kheer with almond milk, I do end up adding 1-2 tablespoons of extra sugar. If you want to make it  nut-free, use regular milk, and skip the nuts in the recipe.

Almond Milk Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, enhanced by cardamom or saffron. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Coming back to Kheer recipe. I like to flavor mine with freshly ground cardamom. If you don’t like the black specs in it, you can use the store bought version, which is much lighter. Also, you can use raisins, coconut and even saffron to enhance your rice pudding. So, if your version is different than mine, simply use this recipe as a guideline and do your magic.

Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Rice Pudding-Kheer is a popular dessert from the northern Indian cuisine made by cooking rice with milk and sugar, enhanced by cardamom or saffron. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Rice Pudding-Kheer in Instant Pot is a Game Changer

Till I bought my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, I used to make Kheer on the stove-top. It would take me around 30-40 minutes (depending on quantity), but I had to babysit the pot. I had  to adjust temperature, keep stirring, make sure the milk doesn’t boil over. Definitely worth it, but why do that when you can have a hands-free option! Untill now, I believed that dairy has a tendency to curdle under high and fluctuating pressure, which is how many stove-top pressure cookers operate. But the Instant Pot is different. The Porridge mode allows you to cook at a consistent and even temperature- no changes in pressure till the cooking is done. So now, I can fill the pot with the ingredients, give it a stir, and set a timer on Porridge mode and forget about it! And it tastes amazing too- that’s a huge win for me.

How to Prevent the ‘Burn’ message:

My Mom’s Tip :

In order to ensure that the milk doesn’t stick/burn at the bottom of the pan, start by adding 1/4 cup water and then add the milk. Don’t ask me how, but this trick works every single time.

My Tip :

By turning the Saute mode on initially, the milks gets tempered, which means, it warms a bit before we close the lid for pressure cooking. This prevents the milk from curdling. Also, starting with a super clean pot also ensures that. So, wipe your inner pot clean to make sure nothing from the last meal is still sticking to it. Continue Reading…

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs (5-5-5 method)

Hard Boiled Eggs!  Here’s an easy and fail proof recipe to make perfect Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs in a pressure cooker!  The popular 5-5-5 method works like a charm every single time and makes for some real-easy-to-peel boiled eggs.  The 5-5-5 method is not a secret code- it’s an easy way to remember this recipe- 5 minutes of pressure cooking, 5 minutes of rest before opening lid, followed by 5 minutes of ice-water bath.  It’s really that simple!  The result is so consistent- you’ll be amazed.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

So, why bother pressure cooking your eggs?

The answer to that is consistent results and ease of peeling , but before I elaborate on that, I have a confession to make- I cannot make perfect looking boiled eggs on the stove- I just cannot.  No matter, how much I try, how many timers I set, I just cannot get the perfect center and cannot peel them nice and clean.  A lot of my egg white ends up sticking to the shell and then starts the battle between the egg and me, and the egg usually wins!  The result is always an unappetizing, butchered egg.

When I saw so many people getting great results cooking them in the electrical pressure cooker, the Instant Pot, I tried it myself, and the results were amazing.  The selling point was the ease of peeling them.  The yolk texture was just right for me- moist and creamy, not dry or crumbly at all.  It took me just a few minutes more than the time on the stove, but that time was hand-off, so Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs was a clear winner for me.

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Instant Pot Egg Bites | Frittata Muffins – 4 ways

Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins are a bite of comfort early in the morning!  They are warm, fluffy, flavorful and nutritious eggs bites that are shaped like muffins.  5 minutes of prep, 5 minutes of cooking.  Cooking these is a 1-2-3 process– Beat eggs, top with your favorite mix-ins, cook them for 5 minutes in the Instant Pot– breakfast couldn’t get any easier than this!

Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins are a bite of comfort early in the morning! They are warm, fluffy, flavorful and nutritious eggs bites that are shaped like muffins. 5 minutes of prep, 5 minutes of cooking. Cooking these is a 1-2-3 process! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Eggs!  The number one choice of breakfast foods in my home.  Growing up, Omelet-Sandwiches were a staple breakfast for school mornings.  Sometimes, mom would add a variety of small diced vegetables in it and give it to us for lunch.  It’s a perfect meal- protein and nutrient packed- keeps you full and going for hours.    In this recipe, I will show you how to make frittata muffins or egg bites in an instant pot or an oven.  I also have a super simple Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs recipe.

Frittata Muffins/Egg Bites in the Oven:

So what is a Frittata?  Frittata is an Italian egg-based dish similar to a quiche without the crust.  It’s made by mixing the egg mixture with meats, cheeses, vegetables or even pasta.  My family is crazy about frittatas!  We make ‘muffin size’ egg bites for week mornings, and then go all out on Saturdays.  We usually bake these in the oven for about 22 minutes at 350F, but have started cooking them in our Instant Pot now.

Instant Pot Frittata Muffins, Egg Bites by Spice Cravings are a bite of comfort early in the morning! They are warm, fluffy, flavorful and nutritious eggs bites that are shaped like muffins. 5 minutes of prep, 5 minutes of cooking. Breakfast couldn't get any easier than this! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #eggs #breakfast #brunch

Hit Flavors of Egg Bites in my Home:

We make all kinds of variations- Mediterranean Frittata, with Feta cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil; Indian Frittatas– with fine diced onions, peppers and tomatoes, seasoned with cumin and cayenne; Sometimes, left-over mac’n’cheese makes it in a Mac’n’Cheese Frittata, and then there is the “Anniversary Special“- which is a Crispy Potato Frittata. This is one of my all-time favorites- so my husband makes this for breakfast on our anniversary, every year… well, almost every year:-)

Crispy Potato Frittata RecipeInstant Pot Frittata Muffins, Egg Bites by Spice Cravings are a bite of comfort early in the morning! They are warm, fluffy, flavorful and nutritious eggs bites that are shaped like muffins. 5 minutes of prep, 5 minutes of cooking. Breakfast couldn't get any easier than this! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #eggs #breakfast #brunch

I have done 5 different flavors for the frittata muffins, but you can customize them however you like.  It took me 5 minutes prep to chop up some baby spinach, sun dried tomatoes and green onions.  I always have some pre-cooked bacon or sausage in my fridge (part of my weekend prep), which comes in handy for a quick flavor booster to eggs and soups.  Here’s are the 4 flavors we did, plus we’ve added a 5th flavor combo that’s our current favorite:

  1. Mediterranean– Feta cheese, Sun dried tomatoes, chopped baby spinach
  2. Corn & Jack– Frozen corn, chopped or shredded Pepper jack cheese, chopped green onions
  3. Bacon & Cheese– Chopped, pre-cooked Bacon, Mexican 3-cheese blend shredded cheese
  4. Spinach & Bacon– Chopped baby spinach, chopped pre-cooked bacon and chopped green onions for a mild onion flavor
  5. Broccoli & Cheddar- Chopped fresh broccoli and freshly grated white cheddar and gruyere combination

Making Egg Bites in the Instant Pot:

Here, I have adapted my recipe for my electrical pressure cooker, the Instant Pot 6 Qt (check out my instant pot FAQ & accessories blog).  The Frittata Muffins turn out so moist, and stay moist for re-heating and eating. 5 minutes of prep and 5 minutes of cooking- how easy is that!  They are a great make-aheads for the week, or,  for a brunch gathering.  I assemble them in Silicone Cupcake Muffin Molds, my new favorite kitchen accessories.

Another great alternative that I started using recently is the 7 Cavity Silicone Mold Muffin Pudding Mold.  You don’t need to grease them, but I like to spray them lightly with a coconut oil baking spray and the muffins come out so easily!

Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins by Spice Cravings. Instant Pot Egg Bites or Frittata Muffins are a bite of comfort early in the morning! They are warm, fluffy, flavorful and nutritious eggs bites that are shaped like muffins. 5 minutes of prep, 5 minutes of cooking. Cooking these is a 1-2-3 process! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

3-Step process to put these flavor bites together: Continue Reading…

Quinoa Poha (Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf)

Sweet, spicy, lemony and hearty, that’s how I would describe this Quinoa Poha!  Poha is a popular Indian vegetarian breakfast and snack recipe.  This breakfast staple from the state of Maharashtra (western India), is traditionally made with flattened dry rice, called Poha.  The flattened rice is rinsed with water a few times to rehydrate it and then cooked with potatoes, plenty of onions, peanuts and warn Indian spices.
Quinoa Poha- a healthy twist to the most popular breakfast in India, where we use Quinoa instead of flattened rice, by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Using Quinoa Instead of Flattened Rice

In this recipe, I substituted flattened rice with Quinoa, adding protein and fiber to this already nutritious dish.  A simple seasoning of mustard seeds, curry leaves and a few basic Indian spices, makes it ideal for breakfast or a quick snack.  I personally prefer cashews in this recipe , but you can add peanuts or almonds too.  I finish this dish with chopped cilantro, a dash of sugar and a squeeze of lime.  My kids are huge Poha fans, so the real test in my house was when I served the Quinoa Poha to them.  They absolutely loved it and took it for lunch the next day!

Quinoa Poha- a healthy twist to the most popular breakfast in India, where we use Quinoa instead of flattened rice, by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

In the video recipe, I adapted this recipe to the Instant Pot, but you can easily make it on the stove-top as well.

Stove-Top Recipe:

  1. Slice onion, peel and cube potatoes, grate or finely chop ginger. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh sieve, it removes the bitter coating on the quinoa beads.
  2. Heat a sauce pan on medium-high heat.  When it’s hot, add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard start spluttering, add grated ginger, onions, green chili, cubed potatoes and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute. Add cashews, all dry spices, quinoa, water as per your quinoa brand directions, and ketchup. (I usually add 1 cup water for 1/2 cup quinoa). Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.
  3. Open lid and add peas, cover and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes in the pan. Fluff with a fork. Garnish with cilantro, sugar and lime. Serve warm. (You may need to adjust the cooking time based on your brand of quinoa.)

More popular Quinoa Recipes from my kitchen:

Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/PilafQuinoa vegetable Biryani garammasalakitchen.com

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki, instant pot quinoaQuinoa Veggie Burger

Minestrone Soup in Instant PotMinestrone Soup with Quinoa

Quinoa Poha

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Serves: 3 Cooking Time: Prep: 5 mins, IP Cook: 1 min

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed in a mesh sieve
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or chopped fine (or 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder)
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 medium gold potato, cubed into 1/4 inch pieces (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 green chilies (optional)
  • 6-8 curry leaves (or 1 kaffir lime leaf)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup (optional, but highly recommended)

  • GARNISH:
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • juice of half a lime

Instructions

1

Prep the ingredients. Slice onion, peel and cube potatoes, grate or finely chop ginger. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh sieve, it removes the bitter coating on the quinoa beads. Turn Instant Pot on Sauté. When it's hot, add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard start spluttering, add grated ginger, onions, green chili, cubed potatoes and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute.

2

Add cashews, all dry spices, frozen peas, quinoa, water and ketchup. Stir well. Close lid. Set valve to 'Sealing' mode. Cook on MANUAL (High) for 1 minute. For a softer quinoa, cook for 2 minutes on the same setting.

3

Open lid after natural pressure release or quick release after 5 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add chopped cilantro, sugar (optional) and lime juice. Stir with the fork and serve warm.

Sooji Sheera | Semolina Pudding with Almonds

Sooji Sheera or Semolina Pudding is a popular Indian dessert that can be made in minutes. It has many variants all over India like Sooji Halwa, Rava Sheera, Rava Kesari and more. This is one of the few desserts that can be whipped up with pantry ingredients, without any advance preparation.  It is traditionally served on many festive occasions and Puja (prayer ceremonies) as Prasad (religious offering, consumed after completion of ceremonies).

Healthy Variation of Sooji Sheera

It is extremely easy to customize this to your taste.  In my variation of this classic, I add a few tablespoons of almond meal (or almond flour) to the recipe. It adds a creamy rich taste of almonds and bumps up the protein in this dish, making it healthier for my kids.  My kids love it for breakfast too!  I like using a combination of Ghee and unsalted butter for this recipe, but you can stick to one if you prefer it that way.Semolina Pudding; Sooji Sheera, Sooji Halwa by Spice Cravings. Sooji Sheera is an Indian sweet pudding dessert made by pan-roasting semolina with milk and sugar. We make this recipe healthier by using almond meal/ flour. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

I make this Sooji Sheera using a half-and-half mix of milk and water.  You could make it with all milk or all water too.  I added saffron to the milk/water mix before warming it so that the saffron would release its flavor and color to the Sheera.  You can omit the saffron if you prefer.

Cute, Individual Portions for Kids

To make this a fun recipe for the kids, I sometimes make this like a cup cake.  First, I make the sheera and turn off the heat when it’s at a semi-dry consistency.   Then, I pour it in silicone baking cups, even it out with the back of a spoon, and let it set for a few hours.   For plating, I simply invert the silicone molds on to a plate and the semolina cakes just slide off.  I garnish it with sliced almonds and crushed cardamom.

My kids love this presentation!   It looks like a cup cake to them and its bite size makes it a perfect snack.

Semolina Pudding; Sooji Sheera, Sooji Halwa by Spice Cravings. Sooji Sheera is an Indian sweet pudding dessert made by pan-roasting semolina with milk and sugar. We make this recipe healthier by using almond meal/ flour. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

More Indian desserts to enjoy

Kesar Badam Halwa, Saffron Almond Pudding by Spice Cravings . #cooking #food #recipe #recipes #foodphotography #foodblogger #yummy #delicious #foodie #saffron #almond #fudge #halwa #indiancuisine #dessertsKesar Badam Halwa

Sooji Badaam Sheera (Semolina Almond Pudding)

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 15

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Semolina / Sooji (coarse or fine)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee or unsalted butter (I use 1 tbsp of each)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chopped almonds
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cardamom Powder (5-6 pods)
  • 2 tablespoon Almond Meal (optional)
  • 3/4 cup warm milk mixed with 1/2 tsp saffron
  • 3/4 cup hot water

Instructions

1

Prep: If using nuts, chop them coarsely. Warm milk, water and saffron, together in the microwave for 2 minutes. Keep aside.

2

Add ghee/butter in a sauce pan and melt on medium heat for 20-30 seconds. Add your choice of chopped nuts and raisins and sauté for 1 minute. Add Sooji (and almond meal) and sauté for 5 minutes on medium flame, this is to cook away the rawness of semolina (sooji).

3

Add the warm milk-water-saffron mix and stir continuously with a whisk or wooden spoon to avoid any lumps from forming.

4

When the mix reaches a semi-liquid consistency, add sugar and stir till sooji cooks off to a thick pudding-like consistency. Turn off the heat and add the cardamom powder and stir. Serve warm or cold.

Notes

You can choose to make this recipe without any nuts if you wish, it still turns out delicious! When you add warm liquid to the pan, it splashes, so use a deep sauce pan and a long whisk to be safe.