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.

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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!

For the regular Chicken Vindaloo Recipe, click HERE.

Stove-Top Recipe:

I like to make this curry in a pressure cooker, but it is very easy to make it on the stove-top too. Here’s how:

  1. Soak dry chillies in 1/2 cup hot water. Keep aside for 10 minutes. Heat a large sauce pot/pasta pot over medium-high heat. Add oil and heat for 30 seconds. Add onions and sauté for 2 minutes, till soft and translucent. Remove from pan and cool for 5 minutes.
  2. In a Blender, add sautéd onions, re-hydrated red chillies with their liquid, vinegar, ginger, garlic, all dry spices, salt and coconut milk. Purée into a smooth paste.
  3. Add spice purée and chicken thighs to the sauce pot and saute for 2-3 minutes. Add, 1/2 cup water and mix well. When the liquid comes to a boil, cover with a lid. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, till the spice mix has turned into a smooth curry. Stir once or twice in between to prevent the sauce from burning at the bottom of the pan.
  4. Add the cubed carrots and cauliflower florets to the pan. Mix well. Cover the pan and cook for another 5-7 minutes. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve. Enjoy!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

Note About Using Chilies:

Even though this recipe uses chilies as a base, the curry is not too spicy. The dried red chilies that I have used in this recipe are more for flavor and color, than spice. If you prefer a milder flavor, de-seed the dry chilies before soaking them in water, OR, use half the quantity of chilies along with 1 tablespoon paprika powder.

Some more Low-Carb dishes from my kitchen:

Tandoori Chicken Recipe

Tandoori Chicken

Instant pot paneer butter masala, instant pot paneer makhani

Paneer Butter Masala

 Thai Massaman Curry

Thai Massaman Curry

Korean pickled cucumber

Korean Chicken

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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
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (with cream)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil/butter/ghee
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 1 carrot cubed
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets

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.

2

In a Blender, add sautéd onions, re-hydrated red chillies with their liquid, vinegar and ginger, garlic, all dry spices, salt and coconut milk. 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).

4

Add cubed carrots and cauliflower florets in the curry. Mix well. Cook on Manual (high-pressure) for 2 minutes. Do a quick release (QR) and open the lid. Garnish with chopped cilantro and serve. Enjoy!

 

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Alison
    May 15, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    When do you add the vinegar and garlic/ginger? Your recipe is missing it somewhere I think.

    • Reply
      aneeshasg
      May 15, 2018 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Alison, sorry about that. You add it to the blender along with sautéd onions, re-hydrated chillies, dry spices, salt and sugar. Then Purée into a smooth paste. Thanks for pointing it out, I have fixed the recipe and will re-vamp this post soon. Hope you enjoy this Vindaloo recipe.

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