Instant Pot Indian Vegetarian Recipes

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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!

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Instant Pot Vegetarian Recipes

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. 

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.

Instant Pot vegetable biryani is made by pressure cooking rice, vegetables in a spicy onion-tomato gravy to create this flavorful one-pot vegetarian meal that comes together in under 30 minutes.

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.

The delicate and mild flavored curd rice (also known as thayir sadam or yogurt rice) is a befitting finale to a sumptuous spicy meal. Learn how to make this comfort food in under 30-minutes. 

Instant Pot Lemon Rice
Flavorful, tangy & crunchy Lemon Rice from South India, made as a one-pot dish in Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. Make this Lemon Rice in less than 30 mins.

Instant Pot Paneer & Veg Biryani
Simple and authentic Vegetable & Paneer Biryani is an Indian one-pot meal with grains, vegetables, and protein. You’re going to love this flavorful dish.

Ven Pongal Recipe – This south Indian breakfast made from rice and lentils is a great way to start your day. Pair it with sambar and chutney for a complete gastronomical experience.

Instant Pot Masale Bhath
Spicy and flavor packed, Masale Bhath is an authentic rice dish from western India.This glutenfree, vegetarian dish makes a great one pot meal!

Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice (with pot-in-pot option)
Fast & Easy Pressure Cooker Coconut Rice. Perfectly cooked rice with the sweet aroma & subtle flavor of coconut milk. Vegan & gluten free side dish!

Instant Pot Curries

Delicious, finger-licking dal and curry recipes made quickly in the Instant Pot.

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

EASY Instant Pot Spinach Dal with Pot in Pot Rice
The ultimate Indian comfort food, dal and rice is so EASY using Instant Pot. Addition of spinach & cooking rice at the same time makes this a weeknight FAV #ministryofcurry #dalrice

Kadhi is a simple yogurt-based curry that will bowl you over with its sweet and sour taste. Pair with rice and a vegetable dish for a complete meal.

Instant Pot Vegetable Korma
Instant Pot Vegetable Korma – mixed vegetable curry in a cashew and coconut based sauce. Packed with so much flavor and so easy to make. Vegan & gluten-free.

Loaded with veggies and butter, Pav bhaji is one of the most loved street food in India. Learn how to make Pav bhaji in an Instant Pot or a traditional pressure cooker in about 30 minutes.

Instant Pot Aloo Saag
Aloo Saag made in the instant pot. This spinach potato curry is a one pot meal which tastes great with rice or any bread of choice. Vegan & gluten-free.

This quick & easy one-pot Punjabi rajma masala curry is super simple to make and loaded with rich and delicious flavors.

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.

Black-eyed peas curry, chawli or lobia masala is a simple yet flavorful curry that pairs well with rice and roti. This particular legume curry is my favorite food – it is healthy and satisfying.

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. 

Instant Pot Butter Paneer
Instant Pot Butter Paneer – the famous Indian Butter Paneer made in the Instant Pot! This has to the easiest butter paneer that you can make!

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.

One pot recipes are the best! That’s why you’ll love this Tadka dal (tempered dal) recipe – make it in an Instant Pot or a pressure cooker – and you’ll have your meal ready in no time.

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.

This recipe for creamy langarwali dal will steal your heart. Make sure to make a double batch because this delicious lentil curry will be gone in seconds. 

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 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. 

Instant Pot Aloo matar is a delicious potato and peas curry that you can make in 30 minutes. Serve with ghee laden rotis to make it a complete meal.

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.

Aloo methi combines stir-fried potatoes (aloo) with freshly chopped fenugreek leaves (methi) to create an aromatic and flavorful side dish that is best savored with ghee laden rotis.

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.

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