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Looking for vegetarian recipes to make in your Instant Pot? Then this collection of fast and easy Indian curries, biryanis & side dishes is perfect for you!
Instant Pot has been a boon for time-pressed families who can now have healthy and delicious meals without slaving in the kitchen for hours.
For vegetarians who rely on pulses for their protein, cooking in the Instant Pot has been a game-changer. The beans cook evenly to your desired doneness – without having to watch over it. And most diced potatoes cook in two minutes!
That’s why many call Instant Pot a game-changer.
Even if you are not a vegetarian, but like to go meatless from time to time, you’ll love this extensive collection of 30+ Instant Pot recipes. I am sure you’ll find quite a few recipes that you and your family will enjoy!
Here are my top favorite Indian Instant Pot vegetarian recipes sorted by rice dishes, curries, and side dishes.
Aromatic Jeera Rice (Cumin rice)
Jeera rice – One whiff of this aromatic, fluffy basmati rice tempered with cumin seeds is enough to get your taste buds tingling. Learn how to make this flavorful rice in ten minutes or less.
A wholesome and nutritious meal – Moong dal khichdi made from rice and moong dal (split lentils) is comfort food at its best. This one-pot, 5-ingredient meal is easy on your stomach and is perfect for all ages.
Delicious, finger-licking dal and curry recipes made quickly in the Instant Pot.
Instant Pot Dal Makhani Recipe
Restaurant-Style Dal Makhani – You've got to try this creamy delicious lentil curry that graces the menus of Indian restaurants worldwide. Learn how to replicate the flavors of this traditionally slow-cooked curry quickly in an Instant Pot
Punjabi Chana Masala (Choley) popularly known as the Indian Chickpea Curry in the US is a robustly flavored curry that can be quickly put together when cooked in a traditional pressure cooker or an Instant Pot.
This simple and easy Palak Paneer (saag paneer) recipe is a healthier take on the popular restaurant-style spinach and cottage cheese curry. Learn how to make it quickly using an Instant Pot or stovetop.
Sambar or Sambhar is a tangy and mildly spicy lentil-vegetable stew from the southern part of India. It is a staple in most South Indian homes and is served alongside idlis or dosas for breakfast or with rice for lunch/dinner.
This recipe for Dal Fry is very close to my heart because it comes from my mom’s kitchen. This is my humble attempt to recreate the hearty and lip-smacking dal my mom makes in an Instant Pot. Stovetop recipe is included as well.
Easy Indian side dishes that you can make in Instant Pot
These side dishes are easy to make and are perfect for busy weeknights.
Aloo Gobhi Recipe
Aloo Gobi is a vegan and gluten-free dish that is an eternal favorite at all Indian restaurants across the globe. Learn how to make this Punjabi-style cauliflower and potato curry in less than 30 minutes using an Instant Pot or over the stovetop.
Aloo Recipe – This classic Indian Potato recipe is this easy and quick side dish that is perfect for those who are new to Indian cooking. Pair with rice and dal to make a complete meal or savor it with rotis or pooris
Jeera Aloo Recipe – Made by sauteeing potatoes (aloo) in a tempering of olive oil and cumin (jeera) seeds, this simple yet delicious side dish is perfect for those who are new to Indian cooking. Pair with rice and dal to make a complete meal.
This easy and delicious Punjabi style Dum Aloo gravy is perfect for families who want to savor this lovely dish without spending hours in the kitchen. Leverage your pressure cooker and make it in about 30-minutes.
Beans poriyal is a South-Indian way of stir frying green beans with a minimal amount of spices and freshly grated coconut. For those who like their vegetables with a bit of crunch, you’ve to check out this recipe on how to make Beans poriyal in an Instant Pot.
This flavorful sukha kala chana (dry black chickpeas) dish tastes divine when served with pooris and sheera. While it is often served as prasad (religious offering) it makes for an easy side dish on busy weeknights.
Hi! I am Anu - former Project Manager, now a full-time blogger. I love simplifying Indian food recipes without using highly processed ingredients. My goal is to inspire you to cook at home by sharing easy recipes that you can quickly make in your Instant Pot (or stovetop).