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Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice (Pot-in-Pot, Instant Pot)

Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice is perhaps one of the tastiest dairy-free and gluten-free meals I’ve made so far!  It is unbelievably flavorful, with the tart and tangy lime contrasting the sweet and creamy coconut milk.  I marinate the chicken in coconut milk, soy sauce, lime, aromatics and a blend of sweet and savory spices.  To infuse the flavors of that marinade deeper, I pressure cook the chicken in the same marinade.  The result is moist and tender chicken, that is creamy and delicious.  Using the pot-in-pot method,  I cook basmati or Jasmine rice in coconut milk in the same Instant Pot (pressure cooker).  With very little effort, I am able to put this one-pot meal on the table, in under 30 minutes.  To learn more about the instant pot, check out my Instant Pot FAQ and Accessories blog.

Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice in an Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. This is perhaps one of the tastiest dairy-free and gluten-free meals I've made so far!  I marinate the chicken in coconut milk, soy sauce, lime, and a blend of sweet & savory spices. I pressure cook it in the same marinade. To make this one-pot meal, I cook rice in coconut milk in the same pot. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Simple and Elegant Meal – Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice

This recipe is so simple and easy to prepare, yet so elegant to serve for dinner.  I start by scoring the chicken breast before marinating it.  That boosts the marinade flavor in the chicken, even if you skip the marination process.  It takes a sharp knife and make diagonal incisions on the chicken breast as shown in this picture.  Then, I combine the marinade ingredients and throw everything in a ziplock bag (who doesn’t like easy clean-up now!). Coconut Lime Chicken and Rice is on rotation menu in my home.

If you have the time, it’s great to marinate this anywhere from 30 mins to 2 hours.  If not, just put everything in the pot, chicken and marinade, and the flavors will still be amazing.  By skipping the marination, you’ll be able to have this meal ready in under 30 minutes, from start to finish too.  I have made this recipe with boneless chicken thighs as well and it turns out pretty good too.  You don’t have to score them, just trim off the excess fat.

Cooking Coconut Rice using Pot-in-Pot Method

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You can cook the Coconut rice using the Pot-in-Pot method in your Instant Pot (see FAQ on instant pot to learn more).  Simply rinse the rice 2-3 times and if you have the time, soak them for 15-20 minutes.  Take an oven safe bowl or insert, and add rice, coconut milk and salt.  Add chicken and marinade, place a trivet in the pot and place the rice container on top of that.  Now, set a cook time for 6 minutes at high pressure, and you’re done!

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You can cook the rice separately too.  Follow your preferred stove-top, or microwave recipe for making rice, and replace the water with coconut milk.

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Serve with Beet Coconut Stir Fry

Coconut Beets Recipe, #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty I like to serve this dish with a side of vegetables. You can serve it with a salad too. As for sides, you can pick any sides that you like, like green beans, carrots, or, peas and corn. I serve this meal with a side of Beet Coconut Stir Fry. Yup! turns out too much of coconut is a good thing for me. I simply saute the chopped beets with some coconut oil or olive oil, mustard seeds, coconut flakes, salt and some Indian spices. It takes only 4-6 minutes to make this delicious side.

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Chicken and Vegetable Skewers with Lemon Rice

Chicken and Vegetable skewers are one of my favorite things to make. I love meals where I can take care of the protein and vegetables in one-shot. Depending on my family’s mood, we eat it with a garden salad, or with toasted Pitas and Hummus, and of course, one of our favorite combinations is with delicious and fragrant Lemon Rice!  These skewers make for great finger foods for entertaining as well!

Chicken Skewers & Vegetables with Lemon Rice, made in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. A delicious complete meal that comes together in under 30 minutes. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #Chicken #grill #kebab Weeknight Friendly Meal

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Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos

3 ingredient instant pot salsa chicken, pressure cooker salsa chicken by Spice Cravings. If there was ever a contest for the EASIEST CHICKEN TACO RECIPE EVER, this recipe for 3-ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken would win hands down! The only prep I do is open a packet of chicken, taco Seasoning and a jar of Salsa. I pressure cook the chicken, shred it and load it on to soft warm corn tortillas! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

This is the Quickest Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos recipe ever! Juicy and fall-apart tender chicken seasoned with Mexican chili powder, smoked paprika and earthy cumin, soaked in sweet and tangy salsa, folded in a fire grilled corn tortilla, now that’s a recipe for a party in your mouth! Another pressure cooking wonder where dinner is on the table in under 30 minutes.

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 I love Tacos!

I have to admit that I’m addicted to Tacos! Give it to me in any form, warm, cold, deep-fried, char-grilled, with any kind of meat, any kind of toppings and I’ll be happy. But this recipe is ever so simple that if dinner got any easier, I’d have to call it take-out. These Pulled Chicken Fajita Tacos can be easily transformed into Pulled Chicken Fajita Sliders for game day parties as well. This recipe can be made low-carb, by switching the tortillas with lettuce cups, my husband loves those. Continue Reading…

Keema Matar | Spicy Ground Meat with peas

Keema Matar or Keema Mutter, is an Indian dish where minced meat (Keema) is simmered with warm Indian spices (garam masala) and finished by sautéing with Green Peas (Matar).

This dish, like many meat dishes in the northern part of India, is said to have Persian roots and was brought to India by the Mughals.  The simplicity and ease of this dish makes it a weeknight wonder, and it’s elegance makes it an entertaining classic.   Folklore has it that during the Mughal period, the royals used to serve it on special occasions.
Minced meat simmered with Indian spices and green peas, by Spice Cravings. Keema Matar is an Indian dish where minced meat (Keema) is simmered with warm Indian spices (garam masala) and finished by sautéing with Green Peas (Matar). #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian
Its easy to customize this recipe to your style and taste.   You can add your ground meat of choice- chicken, turkey, beef or lamb.  You can substitute peas with potatoes and you have yourself another classic from the book called “Keema Aloo” (Minced meat with potatoes).  This is a semi-dry dish and can be enjoyed with Naan, pita bread or with simple basmati rice.

Minced meat simmered with Indian spices and green peas, by Spice Cravings. Keema Matar is an Indian dish where minced meat (Keema) is simmered with warm Indian spices (garam masala) and finished by sautéing with Green Peas (Matar). #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

Stove Top Instructions

Keema Matar can be made in a skillet, in a sauce pan or in a pressure cooker.   In the video above, I made this using my electric pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO.  Making this on the stove-top is a breeze.

Here’s how:

  1. Start by heating a skillet on medium high heat. When it’s heated (about 30 seconds to a minute), add oil and add chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute.
  2. Add salt and all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. Adding water makes it easier to stir and blend the tomato paste. Stir and sauté for 30 seconds.
  4. Add 1/2 cup water and ground meat. Adding the water with the meat helps in incorporating the spice mix with the meat. Use a wooden spoon or a tall spatula to break the meat it into smaller chunks. Mix it well.
  5. Cover the skillet. Reduce heat to “Medium” and cook for 15 minutes, stirring once in between. If using ground chicken, adjust cooking time to 10 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid, turn on the heat to Medium-high and add frozen or fresh peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes , till the extra liquid evaporates and peas cook through. Turn off the heat. Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro and you’re done!

Dishes with Keema Matar

I use this recipe as a base to many fusion dishes in my home. We love making Indian Sloppy Joes with it, or wrap it in a tortilla, add some cabbage slaw and make a Keema Matar Wrap, and my kids’ favorite twist to this is Keema Quesadillas! Check out the the recipe for these delicious quesadillas here. Another great option is Keema Naan Pizza. It is simply delicious. I like to cut it up in pieces and serve it as appetizers for cocktails or big parties too!

Keema Matar (spicy ground meat with peas)

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 25 minutes Total

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground meat (chicken, turkey, lamb, beef)
  • 3/4-1 cup frozen peas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste (1/2 inch ginger + 3 cloves garlic)
  • 1 small onion, fine chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Turmeric Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garam Masala
  • 3 teaspoons Coriander Powder
  • 1 teaspoons Ground Cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon Red Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Paprika
  • 3 tablespoons Tomato Paste (I love the tubes)
  • 3/4 cup water to be added in 2 parts
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish

Instructions

1

Finely chop onion and ginger-garlic. Turn on the Instant Pot DUO on Sauté. Wait 30 seconds for it to warm up. Add oil and chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. Sauté for a minute.

2

Add salt and all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds. Add 1/4 cup water and 3 tablespoons of tomato paste. (Adding water makes it easier to stir and blend the tomato paste.) Stir and sauté for 30 seconds.

3

Add 1/2 cup water and ground meat. Adding the water with the meat helps in incorporating the spice mix with the meat. Use a wooden spoon or a tall spatula to break the meat it into smaller chunks. Mix it well.

4

Close the lid. Set valve to Sealing. Cook on Manual for 10 minutes and then release the pressure manually (QR). If using ground chicken or turkey, reduce the cook time to 8 minutes.

5

Open the lid, turn Instant pot on Saute. Add frozen or fresh peas. Sauté for 1-2 minutes till the extra liquid evaporates and peas cook through. Turn off the IP. Stir in some fresh chopped cilantro and you're done!

Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/Pilaf in Instant Pot

Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/Pilaf is my healthy twist on a popular Indian classic, Vegetable Biryani! This recipe is an adaptation of my go-to Biryani recipe. Biryani is a popular Indian rice casserole, where long grain basmati rice is cooked with meat or vegetables in Indian spices. I use the same recipe, but replace Basmati rice with Quinoa. I add vegetables and paneer (Indian cottage cheese), adding more protein and vitamins to this dish. Fresh herbs like mint and cilantro add a fresh and floral contrast to the earthy flavors of  Biryani Masala. Nuts like almonds and cashews add richness and texture to the rice. I serve it with a side of Cucumber Raita (Yogurt dip), and enjoy a healthy and complete meal in less than 20 minutes.

Even though my family’s love for the classic biryani stands intact, this dish is my effort to introduce a healthier Biryani recipe, so we can enjoy is more often. And the result is simply delicious. It’s quick to make, cooks at lightning speed in my Instant Pot, so a big one-pot weeknight hit in my family!

Quionoa vegetable biryani.   A healthy twist to your everyday vegetarian biryani by Spice Cravings.  Quinoa Vegetable Biryani/Pilaf is my healthy twist on a popular Indian classic, Vegetable Biryani! I replace rice with Quinoa in this recipe.  #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot  #recipes #easyrecipe  #cuisine  #30minutemeal  #instagood #foodphotography #tasty  #indian

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Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot

If you’re looking for an easy, comforting and delicious vegetarian chili recipe, you’re going to love this Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot! Super healthy and creamy black beans are simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies. I season this chili with taco seasoning and a couple of teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder. Surprised? The bitterness and smokiness of the cocoa powder actually balances the acidity of tomatoes in this chili really well.  I add a dash of fresh lime juice, sprinkle some cheese on top and dive right in!

Weeknight Black bean chili in Instant Pot, pressure cooker chili, by Spice Cravings. This Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies, and seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Easiest Chili Recipe Everr!

My family loves chili! We make a gazillion versions of it , and use it in another gazillion ways. This one’s straight out of our weeknight chili collection. With a 5-minute prep, which includes opening 4 cans, putting this chili together is a breeze! Possibilities are endless with this dish. You can swap the beans with your favorite kind, add your favorite toppings- sour cream, cheese, jalapeños, spring onions, avocados and enjoy it as-is, or, use it as a topping for some amazing Chili Nachos, or, mix it with rice, wrap it in a tortilla and you have a Bean & Chili Burrito. During football season, you will always find a version of this on my table, every Sunday!

Weeknight Black bean chili in Instant Pot, pressure cooker chili, by Spice Cravings. This Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies, and seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Great for Potlucks & Picnics

Black Bean Chili also makes for a great potluck and picnic dish. It’s vegetarian, gluten-free, so you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions. If you skip the cheese, you can make it vegan too.

For potlucks, I make this chili in my Instant Pot, cover it and take the whole pot along. I turn on the SAUTE mode to warm it up and serve it right out of the pot, it cannot get easier than that. I take all the toppings and put them along side the pot, this way people can customize their bowl the way they like it.

When I’m taking it for a picnic, I make this chili slightly thicker, more like a dip consistency. I pour it in an aluminum casserole dish, top it with dices onions and Mild Pickled Jalapeño. I top that with good layer of shredded Mexican blend cheese and serve it as a dip with Tortilla chips. It’s a big hit every single time.

Weeknight Black bean chili in Instant Pot, pressure cooker chili, by Spice Cravings. This Weeknight Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot has creamy black beans simmered in vegetable broth with sweet diced tomatoes, and fire roasted green chilies, and seasoned with taco seasoning and unsweetened cocoa powder! #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Stove-Top Instructions for Black Bean Chili:

This Chili can be made on the stove-top as well. Take a deep sauce pan or a stock-pot. Turn ON the flame at medium-high. Add olive oil, onions, green pepper and sauté for 1 minute. Then, add seasoning mix and stir for 30 seconds, this wakes up the spices. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. Let the chili start bubbling. At that point, cover the pan with a lid, reduce the flame to medium and simmer for 15-20 minutes.

Remove the lid, check for seasoning. Cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings- cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados, tortilla chips etc.

Using Dried/Uncooked Beans:

Rinse your preferred brand of dried beans, about 1 cup and soak them in 3 cups of water . I like to soak them overnight. Throw away the water in which they were soaked and rinse well. Follow the recipe and press BEAN mode for 20-22 minutes for Black Beans and 25 mins for Kidney/Pinto beans. Wait for the pressure to release naturally (NPR).

More Chili Recipes from my Kitchen:

Instant Pot Chicken-Chili

Instant Pot Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili- Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

White Chicken Chili

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Black Bean Chili in Instant Pot

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 8 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

1

Heat Instant Pot on SAUTE till it reads HOT. Add olive oil, onions, green pepper and sauté for 1 minute. Add seasoning mix and stir for 30 seconds, this wakes up the spices. Add all remaining ingredients and stir. Close lid, vent set to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL (High) for 8 minutes, NPR or QR after 10 minutes. If you're short on time, you can dump all ingredients in and set the timer.

2

Open the lid, check for salt. Cool for 5 minutes. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings- cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocados, tortilla chips etc.

Notes

I use Trader Joe's Taco Seasoning mix. It is a bit on the spicier side. If you want to make it mild, you can substitute with: 2 tbsp chili powder, 1 t​sp paprika, ​1/2 tsp salt,​ 1 tsp cumin, ​1​ tsp coriander powder, 1.5 tbsp red wine vinegar, 1 tsp​ brown sugar.

Toor Dal Tadka (Split Pigeon Peas Soup)

Toor Dal, also known as Arhar Dal or split yellow pigeon peas, is probably the most popular lentil all over India.  It’s a staple for many households and is made daily in some homes.  There is something about this light and flavorful lentil, that places it among the soul foods in Indian cuisine.
Toor Dal tadka, Split Pigeon pea soup, lentil soup, Instant Pot Soup by Spice Cravings. Toor Dal, also known as Arhar Dal or split yellow pigeon peas, is the most popular lentil all over India. Made with mustard seeds, onions and curry leaves. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian

I love to dress it up with a tadka (tempering) made with mustard seeds, onions and curry leaves.  I love the crunch and the zing this tempering adds to this creamy dal.  This recipe is a combination of my mom’s, and my mother-in-law’s- best of both worlds!  Have it like a soup or with steamed rice, or with a slice of toasted french bread.  I bet this will become one of your go-to meals!

I have adapted this recipe for the Instant Pot here, but this can be made on a stove-top as well as a regular pressure cooker. Check out details in “notes” section.

Rice Pairings

We pair toor daal with several different rice, although traditionally in India, its paired with Basmati rice.

Jeera Rice or Cumin Rice, is a popular Indian side dish where delicious and aromatic basmati rice is cooked with the nutty and earthy cumin seeds. It is one of the most popular accompaniment with Indian curries. Quick and easy recipe by Spice Cravings. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #basmati #riceCumin Rice Brown Jasmine Rice in Instant PotBrown Jasmin Rice

Toor Dal Tadka (Split Pigeon Peas Soup)

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup toor dal , rinsed and soaked in warm water (split pigeon peas)
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil/ghee/butter (I use a combination)
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 pinch asafoetida
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste (1/2 inch ginger + 3 cloves garlic crushed or ground)
  • 1 small onion sliced or chopped
  • 1 green chili (optional)
  • 6-8 curry leaves (or 2 kaffir lime leaves)
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder (adjust to your spice level)
  • 1/2 teaspoon amchur (dry mango powder)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Instructions

1

Rinse and soak lentils in hot water while you prepare tempering. Turn Instant Pot on SAUTE. Wait 30 seconds for it to heat up. Add oil, asafoetida (heeng) and mustard seeds, wait for them to sizzle. Add chopped onion, curry leaves and a green chili. Sauté for 30-45 seconds, till the onion turns pink. Remove the onion mix in a bowl.

2

Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for 30 seconds. Add diced tomato and sauté for another 30 seconds. Add salt and all dry spices and sauté for 30 seconds. Add strained lentils, 2 cups water and stir well. Close the lid. Set vent to SEALING. Hit MANUAL for 4 minutes. (If you prefer a mushy texture, set the time to 6-7 minutes)

3

Wait for NPR (natural pressure release). Open the lid after the pin drops. Add the tempering and the chopped cilantro and stir. Enjoy warm!

Notes

Stove top: Follow steps 1 and 2 in a sauce pan or a dutch oven. Cook the lentil for 15 minutes on Medium heat, covered. Continue with step 3. Indian Pressure Cooker: Follow steps 1 and 2. Close the lid of the pressure cooker. Cook on high-heat till 1 whistle and then reduce to medium heat and cook for 5 minutes. Wait for pressure to release naturally before opening. Continue with step 3.

20-Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

My 20-minute Chicken Tortilla Soup is pure comfort in a bowl for my family. It has a perfect harmony of flavors. With an intense earthy flavor from the chili powder and cumin, smokiness from the paprika, zing from the lime juice, all that combines with soft tender chicken, creamy beans and sweet corn.  This super easy and delicious soup is the perfect finale to any day!

Chicken Tortilla Soup, Chicken Taco soup in instant pot by Spice Cravings. This 20-minute Chicken Tortilla Soup instant pot recipe combines the flavors of chili powder, cumin, lime juice, & paprika, with tender chicken, beans, & sweet corn.  #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty

Chicken Tortilla Soup:

Chicken Tortilla Soup is a Mexican traditional soup, where the broth is simmered with tomato, onions, garlic and spices.  You sprinkle fried tortilla chips before serving.  This simple, 20 minute, one-pot version is my go-to recipe at the end of a long day.   I just put all the ingredients in and turn the Instant Pot on.  I call it a fill-it, shut-it, forget-it meal!

You can customize it by making it plain, or by adding your choice of vegetables, meat and your favorite toppings- sour cream, shredded cheese and of course- Tortilla chips!

Stove-Top Recipe:

You can cook this easy soup on the stove-top too.  Follow the same instructions and simmer the soup, covered for 20 minutes.  I like to make variations of this soup and add vegetables to make it more hearty and healthy for my family.

20 Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, sliced through the middle (around 1 pound)
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 2-3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • Optional Add-ons
  • 1 zucchini, cubed
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • Garnish:
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

Instructions

1

Prep: Chop garlic and vegetables. Slice Chicken breast into 2. I find the chicken to be more flavorful this way.

2

Turn on Instant Pot on Sauté. Wait 30 seconds for it to heat. Add oil, onions and garlic. Sauté for 1 minute.

3

Add all the vegetables, broth, beans, corn, tomato paste, spices and chicken breasts. Stir well. Close the lid, set vent to "sealing". Cook on Manual (high pressure) for 6 minutes.

4

Let pressure release naturally, take out chicken breasts and shred them using two forks. Put them back in the soup. Add chopped cilantro, squeeze of a lime and top with your favorite toppings- cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Chicken Vindaloo Keto in Instant Pot

Chicken Vindaloo Keto is a keto friendly variation of this popular Indian curry dish from the western coast of India. It’s a local adaptation of the Portuguese dish, carne de vinha d’alhos, which literally means, meat marinated in wine and garlic. There are many variations of this curry across the Goan region. A Vindaloo curry is traditionally prepared with pork, but it is versatile enough to be made with lamb, goat, beef or chicken.

Low-Carb Chicken Vindaloo, Chicken Vindaloo Keto in Instant Pot by Spice Cravings. Chicken Vindaloo Keto is a variation of the popular Indian curry dish from the west coast of India. Adaptation of Portuguese dish, carne de vinha d'alhos. #food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #curry #indian

Chicken Vindaloo Keto version:

Keto is short for Ketogenic. Ketogenic diet is a fairly popular low-carb-high-fat diet which reduces your carb intake to a minimum. So, pretty much all grains are off-limits. While I don’t follow a strict Ketogenic diet, I do however, try my best to prepare low-carb meals for my husband and me, that are satisfying, and more importantly, don’t leave us feeling deprived 🙂  This variation of Chicken Vindaloo Keto is my take on this slow-cooked classic. It’s a simplified recipe using the  Instant Pot, my programmable pressure cooker.

The chicken curry by itself is low-carb. The challenge for me was that we could not longer enjoy this with rice or naan. So, I had to turn it into a stew, with added vegetables for extra fiber and taste.  I added carrots and cauliflower to the curry towards the end of the cooking process. It not only added flavor and fiber, but also left me more satisfied eating a bowl of this delicious vindaloo stew. The best part about this easy recipe is that it gets ready in under 30 minutes! Continue Reading…

Chicken Vindaloo in Instant Pot

Chicken Vindaloo is a popular Indian chicken curry dish from the western coast.  It’s a local adaptation of the Portuguese dish, carne de vinha d’alhos, which literally means, meat marinated in wine and garlic.  How can you go wrong with that!

Chicken Vindaloo is a​n extremely​ popular Indian chicken curry from the western coast. It's a local adaptation of the Portuguese dish, ​Carne de vinha d'alhos, which literally ​means​, meat marinated in wine and garlic​. How can you go wrong with that!​ ​​ ​#food #foodie #foodblogger #delicious #recipe #instantpot #recipes #easyrecipe #cuisine #30minutemeal #instagood #foodphotography #tasty #indian #curry​ #chicken​ #glutenfree #lowcarb

 

Traditional Vindaloo Recipe

Traditionally this recipe was prepared with pork.  Locals from the Konkani region in Goa,  prepare a marinade by pureeing together pre-soaked dried red chillies, local Goan wine called Feni, tamarind paste, fresh garlic and ginger and toasted Indian garam masala.  They marinate the meat in this mix for a few hours.  Then, they cook the pork in this marinade, till it forms a rich curry.

Variations of the Vindaloo Recipe

There are many variations of this dish like Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Vindaloo.  One can follow the same process and cook it with Lamb, Chicken or Beef.   I have adapted this recipe to make Chicken Vindaloo, which my families adores.  With a few tweaks in the recipe, I have turned this into a weeknight-friendly recipe that can be made in under 30 minutes.

Before finalizing this recipe, I tried a few batches where I browned the chicken pieces before adding in the sauce, but I didn’t notice any major difference in taste. So, now I skip the browning process when making this dish with chicken.   When I make Lamb Vindaloo using this recipe, I do brown the lamb pieces for 3-4 minutes before pressure cooking them.  It adds a depth of flavor to the curry.

My Instant Pot Recipe for Chicken Vindaloo

This is my simplified take, an Instant Pot version of this slow-cooked classic.  I substitute red wine vinegar for the local Goan wine and tamarind paste.  Red wine vinegar has a nice sweet, tart and sharp flavor, which is a close match to the Goan wine, Feni.  It also provides a subtle tart flavor, which I would otherwise get from tamarind paste.   I use local dried asian chillies, rehydrate them and blend with sautéed onions, ginger, garlic and vinegar.  Towards the end of the cooking process, I add a pinch of sugar or a splash of coconut milk, which balances the flavors and elevates the flavors of this curry.

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Common Misconceptions about Vindaloo Recipe

There are two common misconceptions about the Vindaloo recipe.

  • The first is that it’s a spicy curry.  The recipe for a typical Vindaloo curry includes pureeing a handful of dried chilies, but these chilies are more for flavor and color rather than spice, kind of like paprika.  The end flavors are ‘earthy and aromatic spicy’, not ‘hot spicy’.  However, if you want to make it spicy, you can always increase the quantity of chilies, or, add a pinch or two of cayenne.
  • The second confusion is caused by many restaurants, by adding potato in this curry.  The Hindi word for potato is “aloo”, which coincidently rhymes with “Vindaloo”.  There is no connection between potatoes and a vindaloo curry.  But, when you order this dish at your local Indian restaurant, chances are, it’ll have potato cubes too.

Serving Suggestion for Chicken Vindaloo

I serve Chicken Vindaloo  with Cumin Rice or with toasted french bread. If you’re eating a low-Carb or a Keto diet,  Keto Version  will be a perfect dish for you.  I combine the delicious flavors of this recipe,  add cauliflower and carrots, and make a stew-like meal out of it.  I don’t miss the rice or naan, and it tastes divine by itself!

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Chicken Vindaloo in Instant Pot

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless Chicken thighs
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 4-6 whole red dried chillies
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic crushed (1/2 inch ginger + 3 cloves garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala powder
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil/butter/ghee
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

1

Soak dry chillies in 1/2 cup hot water. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Turn ON Instant pot on sauté mode. Add oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add onions and sauté for 2 minutes, till soft. Turn off the Instant Pot. Cool onions for 5 minutes.

2

Transfer the onions in a blender, add re-hydrated red chillies with their liquid, ginger-garlic paste, red wine vinegar, all dry spices, salt and sugar. Purée into a smooth paste.

3

Turn ON Instant pot. Add spice purée, 1/2 cup water, chicken thighs and mix well. Close the lid, turn the vent to sealing position. Cook on Manual (high-pressure) for 6 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally (NR). Serve with steamed rice or toasted french bread. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Even though this recipe uses chilies as a base, the curry is not too spicy. It has the flavor from the chilies, not that much heat. If you prefer a milder flavor, de-seed the dry chilies before soaking them in water, OR, do half the chilies along with 1 tablespoon paprika powder.
  • For chicken, I tried browning the meat before adding in the sauce, but didn't notice any major difference. So, I skip the browning process when making this dish with chicken. I do that when I'm making this with lamb though.