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3 qt Mini Duo/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Punjabi Kadhi Chawal – Yogurt Curry with Rice (Instant Pot) Pot-in-Pot)

Punjabi-Kadhi-chawal, yogurt curry with rice, instant potKadhi Chawal  is an all-time favorite, comfort food in many Punjabi homes. It’s a traditional dish from the northern region of India (Punjab), in which a yogurt and chickpeas-flour based curry, called Kadhi, and chickpeas-flour fritters, called Pakoras, is served over aromatic basmati rice! There are several variations of this dish all over northern India, but this recipe is close to my heart, as it’s been passed on through many generations in my family.

No-Fry-pakora-10Even though the recipe for Kadhi Chawal is  fairly generic, everyone has their own spin on it. My grandmother always cooked the kadhi and pakoras in mustard oil. My mom substitutes mustard oil with ghee, and also adds chopped onions to her pakoras, and sliced onions in the kadhi. I customized it further and started adding chopped spinach to my pakoras in addition to the shallots/onions. I also started pan-frying the pakoras versus deep-frying them. This is my quick and healthy twist on this family favorite. Here’s the detailed recipe for No-Fry Pakoras (Fritters).

Stove-top Recipe: In the video above, I have made this recipe in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot, but this recipe can be made on the stove-top too. Here’s how: Continue Reading…

Condiments & Accompaniments/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

No-Fry Onion-Spinach Pakora (Gluten-Free No-Fry Indian Fritters)

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No-Fry-Pakora-Fritters, Garam Masala KitchenCrispy, golden brown and irresistible, Onion-Spinach Pakoras or Fritters, are an extremely popular snack in Indian cuisine. Pakoras are basically fritters where onions, or other vegetables, are coated in a chickpeas flour or gram flour batter, seasoned with Indian spices and deep-fried. They are a popular street food as well as a great tea-time snack, especially during the monsoons. As with any popular food item, there are a zillion variations of this recipe. Pakoras are typically served with sweet & spicy condiments like ketchup, cilantro chutney or Date-Imli chutney.

No fry pakoras, fritters, garam masala kitchenSince the batter is made with chick-pea or gram flour, this recipe is gluten-free and, it doesn’t call for any dairy products, making it dairy- free too. While nothing beats the deep-fried golden brown crunch of pakoras, I like to make healthier versions of my family’s most enjoyed recipes. So, I decided to pan-fry them instead of deep-frying, using this Stuffed Pancake Pan.  The key to making them crispy is putting the right amount of oil to pan-fry them . Not only are they really delicious and crispy, they are also much easier to make vs. the traditional method. I don’t have to set up the deep-frying wok, heat the oil, nor do I have to later clean up all that. Making Pakoras in this pan is as simple as making pancakes! Seriously! Using this method, making pakoras for Punjabi Kadhi is super easy.  I use this pan to make my No-Fry Dahi Bhalle too!

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Vegetable Puffs Recipe

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala Kitchen

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala KitchenWarm, flaky and crispy on the outside, buttery and delicious from within, these Vegetables Puffs are great as a tea-time snack, or, as a lunch surprise for kids!  Making these is ever so simple.  A healthy assortment of vegetables is tossed in an aromatic Indian masala and stuffed inside a golden-brown baked puff pastry shell.  These puffs can be easily customized with your choice of filling- sweet or savory.  Using store-bought pastry dough makes this a weeknight treat for me.

 

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala KitchenI make this recipe with store-bought puff pastry shells. These ‘pre-shaped’ shells are pretty versatile and can be used for both, sweet and savory dishes. It is really easy to put these puffs together. Simply bake the shells in the oven as per package directions. Prepare your filling and then stuff the filling in the shells- that’s it!

Tip for a flaky Puff pastry: Keep the pastry dough cold. Remove from refrigerator just before baking. This ensured a flaky pastry. Softer or room temperature dough, doesn’t puff up and tends to becomes too dense.

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala KitchenFor this recipe, I make a mixed vegetable filling in a Fry-pan or Skillet on the stove -top, or my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. I combine assorted vegetables like bell pepper, frozen peas, frozen corn, gold potatoes and cook them with aromatics and Indian spices.  I like to add paneer to this mix. It not only adds protein to the dish, but the creamy paneer goes really well with the flaky puff pastry. I use this filling to make Vegetable Panini too.

Serving suggestion: I make these puffs as appetizers, or as tea-time snacks, and, they make for great school lunches for kids too. I keep switching the filling though. I serve them as-is, or with tomato ketchup, Sriracha or cilantro chutney. There are endless possibilities for the filling. Some of the common ones in my home are:

  1. Pizza puffs: I saute sausage, onions and peppers with Italian seasoning. Add a couple of teaspoons of marinara sauce to the baked shells, add sausage mix, top it with mozzarella cheese and garnish with basil.
  2. Parmesan Mushroom & Peas Puffs: Saute crimini mushrooms in olive oil, salt and pepper. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and cook till mushrooms are nice and brown. Add thawed peas to this mix. Turn off the flame and mix in some grated parmesan cheese. Stuff the baked shells. The remaining heat from the mushrooms melts the parmesan cheese and binds the mix really well. Garnish with chopped parsley.
  3. Keema Puffs: I make keema (ground meat) using this recipe: Keema Mutter. Bake the shells and fill them with the keema mix. Garnish with chopped cilantro!
  4. Berries & Cream: Sprinkle some sugar and zest of a lemon on mixed berries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and blueberries.  Toss well. Sprinkle some sugar on the pastry before baking. Bake shells and cool them for 10 minutes. Stuff the berries in the shells, and top with sweetened whipped cream.

Here’s how easy it is to make these Vegetable Puffs:

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala Kitchen

Place cold pastry shell on baking sheet

Vegetable Puffs Recipe-Garam Masala Kitchen

Bake as per package directions

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Remove the center caps

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Stuff with filling

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Quinoa-Veggie Burger Patties (Quinoa-Veggie Tikki)

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki, instant pot quinoa

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki, instant pot quinoaCrispy on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside, here’s a delicious vegetarian twist to your classic hamburgers… Quinoa Veggie Burger!  

I developed this recipe accidentally. Once, I had plenty leftovers for Quinoa Veggie Pilaf  from the previous night, and neither of us felt like having Pilaf again. My kids were in the mood for ‘burgers’. So, I took the leftover Pilaf, which had potatoes and peas, mashed the potatoes well, added some shredded cheese (for binding) and chopped cilantro, formed them into tight 1/2-inch thick patties, dusted them with AP flour, and pan-fried them till they were crispy brown. I have to tell you, that this is the tastiest leftover-hack I have ever done, if I may say so myself.

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki, instant pot quinoaServing Suggestions: You can serve these patties with your favorite choice of burger buns– sesame, honey-wheat, potato buns or any other flavor you prefer. In terms of condiments, we love these with Sriracha-Mayo (recipe in ingredients section) and some spicy arugula. If my husband and I are watching our carbs, we have these bun-less, with a large arugula & cucumber salad. They are so satisfying in flavor, that we don’t miss the bun! They are a great make-ahead vegetarian choices for a BBQ party too! You can prepare the quinoa, or even make the patties, a day before and refrigerate them. On the day off, take them out an hour before cooking.

Quinoa-Veggie Burgers Tikki, instant pot quinoaAdd-ons: This a very kid-friendly recipe, that is Mom & Dad-approved!  Kids love burgers! The amount of nutrition that you can sneak in to these patties, is a work of a genius. Quinoa and cheese add a good amount of protein and the veggies give the “green balance” to these patties. I keep switching the veggies in this recipe and add chopped spinach, frozen corn, shredded carrots, shredded zucchini, so you can easily customize this recipe to your preferences. Smart Tip: If you’re adding more than one freshly grated vegetable, you may want to add 1 tbsp. of cornflour, or 1 egg, so that the patties bind easily. Continue Reading…

3 qt Mini Duo/ Condiments & Accompaniments/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Easy Tzatziki Sauce- A Great Party Dip

Tzatziki sauce dip, Instant Pot yogurt, Garam Masala KitchenTzatziki is a creamy and delicious Mediterranean sauce or a dip that is seasoned with salt, lime juice, garlic and in some cases, paprika! It’s a great party dip, which can be made very easily and ahead of time. You can pair it with assorted vegetables like cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, peppers,  carrots, snow peas etc. You can even cut up pita bread in four or more slices, and use that for dipping as well.

Tzatziki is typically made with Greek yogurt, which is a thicker yogurt as compared to the regular one. But feel free to use any yogurt that you like. If your yogurt isn’t thick to begin with, be sure to squeeze out the extra juice from the grated cucumber. I make this dip a lot with my homemade yogurt that I make in my pressure cooker, Instant Pot. The consistency of my homemade yogurt is in between of a greek yogurt and regular one, so, using two paper towels,  I squeeze out some juices from the grated cucumber and the result is perfect!

This is how simple it is to put it together:

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Plain Yogurt

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Grated cucumber

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Chopped mint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lime juice

Tzatziki sauce dip, Instant Pot yogurt, Garam Masala Kitchen

Garlic and spices

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Mix together and Done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Greek recipes, garam masala kitchenI always make Tzatziki sauce whenever I make Chicken Shawarma. I make a greek salad and humus, get some store-bought Pita bread and we enjoy our Greek Feast! My kids love dipping their Shawarma wrap in the Tzatziki!

 

 

 

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Condiments & Accompaniments/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Lemon Rice in Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Instant pot Lemon-Rice Pressure cooker Lemon Rice– fluffy grains of aromatic Basmati rice, flavored with mustard seeds and fresh lemon juice- this satisfying side is the perfect accompaniment to any protein you’re making.

Lemon rice pairs very well with Indian, middle-eastern or Greek entrees. I like to serve it with grilled chicken and vegetables, or with Lamb Chops, Salmon Tikki, Chicken Kebab etc. Pair it with a side of grilled or oven-roasted vegetables and you have a perfectly balanced meal in under 30 minutes.

Options: I like to make this recipe with long grain Basmati Rice, but this can work with Jasmine Rice as well. This recipe is traditionally made with split black gram lentils (urad), but sometimes, I skip that and add chopped cashews or almonds instead and it turns out great.

I usually make Lemon rice in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot 6 Qt, but this dish can be made on the stove-top too. Here are the instructions:

Stove-Top: Rinse rice 2-3 times till the water runs clear. Drain and keep aside. Do the same with split lentils. Heat a sauce pot on medium-high heat. Wait till it’s hot, and add ghee/butter or oil. Add mustard seeds and split black gram lentils (urad). When the mustard seeds splutter, add green chilis, drained rice and spices. Add fried onions (optional). Saute for 1 minutes. Add water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, cover the pan and cook for 10-12 minutes. Turn off the heat, open lid, fluff up the rice with a fork. Add fresh lemon juice and mix well. That’s it! Continue Reading…

Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Vegetarian

Quick Ravioli Lasagna (Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker)

Instant Pot Lasagna Ravioli LasagnaLasagna used to be a weekend dish for me, until, I made this weeknight twist on the classic- Quick Ravioli Lasagna. I call it Lazy Lasagna, because the only prep I need to do, is buy store-bought fresh Ravioli, cheese and marinara sauce. I assemble the lasagna and cook it in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO. And just like that, we have a delicious dinner ready, in a little over 30 minutes, with minimal effort. 

Pasta sauce- Garam Masala KitchenI often doctor the store bought marinara sauce and add veggies and ground meat to it. I make a big batch of this sauce and keep it in the freezer. It comes in handy to make lasagnas, a simple pasta dinner, base sauce for a quick pizza, or even for making my meatball subs for dinner or parties. But in this recipe, you can use your favorite brand of marinara sauce. 

Instant Pot Lasagna Ravioli LasagnaI use a spring-form pan for this recipe. I make it in my Instant Pot DUO and it fits a 7-inch spring form pan. After cooking, you can release the spring-form and cut the lasagna like a pie. You can also make it in any oven-safe baking dish that you have.

Traditionally, Lasagna refers to a dish made with several layers of a flat noodle pasta with tomato or cream based sauces and other ingredients, such as meats, cheese or vegetables. When I make a traditional Lasagna, I typically make two kinds of  fillings. One layer of filling is  sautéed spinach & crimini mushrooms with onions, garlic, and Italian seasoning.  The second layer is browned ground meat and spicy Italian sausage, or, if I am making a vegetarian Lasagna, then I oven-roast red and yellow bell-peppers, fennel and onions. I use store-bought marinara sauce  and Barilla’s no-boil lasagna noodles for layering. 55 minutes or so in the oven, and we have ourselves a pan of delicious lasagna. I use this recipe a lot whenever I am entertaining a big crowd. 

When making the Quick Ravioli Lasagna, I use spinach & ricotta ravioli, but you can customize it and use your favorite flavor of ravioli. This recipe can be adjusted to make individual portions too. You can use 8 oz ramekins cups in the Instant pot.

Oven Recipe for Ravioli Lasagna: If you want to make this recipe in the oven, follow all steps from 1-5. Preheat oven to 400F. Place the lasagna pan on the middle rack and bake for 40-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the raviolis and your oven strength. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.  Continue Reading…

3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Aloo Gobi- Spiced Potato and Cauliflower – Instant Pot /Stir-Fry

Instant Pot Aloo-Gobi Pressure CookerAloo Gobi or Gobhi Aloo is a popular dry vegetarian side dish from north-Indian cuisine. Aloo gobi is made with Aloo (potatoes) and gobi (cauliflower) cooked with fresh ginger-garlic and seasoned with warm Indian spices and stir-fried.

Aloo Gobi and Bhindi (Spiced Okra stir-fry) are my kids’ favorite side dishes to have in an Indian meal. I make two versions of it. One is a light stir-fry with cumin seeds, green chilies and Indian spices, and this version, where I make a light onion-tomato gravy and cook the potatoes and cauliflower florets in it. Both versions are simple and come together in under 10 minutes.

Stove-Top recipe for a Light Stir-Fry: I take a heavy bottom stir-fry pan.

  • Heat it on medium high heat for 30 seconds. Add oil, add cumin seeds and green chilies to it. When the cumin seeds begin to splutter, add cauliflower florets and potato cubes/slices. Saute for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon cayenne. 1 teaspoon coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder and stir well. Cover the lid and cook for 4-5 minutes, or till the potatoes are cooked through.
  • Open the lid and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes, till all liquid has evaporated. Garnish with cilantro!

In the recipe below, I have cooked this dish in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot.  It took me sometime to figure out the right time to cook dry side dishes in it though. Due to the steam cooking style, I liked how it evenly cooked the veggies, but wasn’t a fan of the liquid I got towards the end of cooking. After a few batches of experimenting, I figured that for most vegetables 0-1 minute pressure cook/Manual was my magic number. So, depending on the size of your potatoes and cauliflower florets, you can set the time.

 

 

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Green Beans and Carrots (Instant Pot or Stir-fry)

Green Beans and Carrot instant pot or stir fryCrunchy green beans and carrots sautéed with mustard seeds and coconut flakes, and seasoned with salt, coriander and cayenne. This super simple and amazingly easy vegetable side-dish is a great accompaniment to many entrée.

You can switch out the beans and carrots and make this recipe with your favorite vegetables like cauliflower, peas, zucchini, broccoli, corn…. possibilities of customization are endless. In fact, I make a very similar dish following this recipe with chopped beets- Coconut Beets. The coconut flakes are optional in this recipe, but I really enjoy the slight sweet and nutty flavor that they give in this dish.

Stove-top Stir-Fry: In this video, I have made this recipe in my programmable pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO. But, making this on the stove top is as easy, and takes only 10 minutes.

  • I start off by heating a heavy bottom skillet on medium heat. Add oil and when it’s hot, add mustard seeds. When the mustard seeds start sizzling/spluttering, add chopped beans and carrots and sauté for 30 seconds.
  • Add salt and spices. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons of water and stir everything. Add unsweetened coconut flakes. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Open lid and saute for 2-4 minutes, depending on how crunchy you like your veggies. Garnish with Cilantro!

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3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Under 30 minutes/ Vegetarian

Gluten-Free Corn & Chicken Chowder

Gluten Free Corn and Chicken Chowder- instant pot, Pressure CookerCreamy, sweet, hearty and pure deliciousness in a bowl, that’s how I would describe this dish. Whoever said Chowder was a summer-time dish, probably never sat by the fireplace on a cold winter night with a bowl of Corn & Chicken Chowder!

My family loves chowder. My kids’ and husband’s favorite is Clam Chowder, and I am a huge fan of Corn Chowder. We like to make it at home, but a healthier, lighter version, that we can all enjoy without slipping into a food coma later. My husband and I are eating a lower-carb-high-protein diet these days, so I had to revisit my recipe for Summer Corn Chowder and customize it. Plus, I’ve been wanting to make a Gluten-free version for quite sometime now. Chowder is typically thickened with a roux made with flour or some sort of starch. I wanted to skip that altogether. So, I added chicken to bump up the protein in the dish. Then, I eliminated the thickening agents, and, replaced the heavy cream with half & half.  That cut down the carbs and eliminated the gluten. So beware, this is not the super thick and ultra creamy chowder that you’re used to- this is like a ‘skinny’ version of it. For a vegetarian chowder, skip the chicken and you’re set. 

Without the flour, the real challenge was how to thicken the chowder. After a few batches, I figured two things that helped me thicken the chowder. First, I blended some corn with half & half. That not only helped in thickening the broth, it also gave a big corn flavor boost to the chowder, that you would otherwise get by using corn broth. Secondly, once it was done cooking, I used my hand blender for 5 seconds and it thickened the chowder just enough for me. In the video recipe, I skipped this step too and liked that result as well.

Gluten Free Corn and Chicken Chowder- instant pot, Pressure CookerAlternatively, you can use a tablespoon of rice flour during the saute process, or, use a corn starch slurry in the end, to thicken the chowder before serving. Making a corn-flour slurry is super easy. Simply dissolve 1 tablespoon of corn starch in 3-4 tablespoons of room temperature broth/milk/water and add it to the chowder and stir for a few seconds. It thickens the chowder almost immediately.

Many times I make a lower-calorie version of this recipe by using full-fat or even 2% fat milk instead of half & half. The result is not as thick as this one, but the taste is still amazing. So, if you’re watching your calories, that’s another alternative for you.

In this recipe, I have made the Corn & Chicken Chowder in my programmable pressure cooker, the Instant Pot DUO. Instant Pot works great for soups and stews because the process of pressure cooking helps intensify the flavors resulting in a chowder that tastes like it has been simmering low and slow for hours. It helps me get away by adding less half & half than a regular recipe.

Making chowder on the stove-top is a super simple process too. Follow all the instructions listed in the recipe, till the pressure cooking part. Then cover and simmer the chowder for 10 minutes on medium heat. Open lid, add half & half and follow the remaining instructions. That’s it!

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