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3 qt Mini Duo/ Desserts & Drinks/ Instant Pot Magic

Easy Mulled Wine / Gluhwein Recipe

On a cold winter evening, there is nothing better than curling up in front of the fireplace with a warm cup of tea, except, with a cup of hot Mulled Wine!

Mulled Wine Gluhwein recipe Instant Pot I use one medium orange with its peel and juice to add a slight citrus and tart flavor, and add whole spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise.  Then, I add a bottle of dry red wine and let it steam and take on the flavors of the syrup. This way the alcohol doesn’t burn off and the wine gets infused with the wonderful flavors of citrus and spices. Many recipes use apple cider, but I feel that changes the flavor too much for my taste.

Smart Tip: I pierce the cloves into the orange peels, so that its easy to pick them out later.  Instead, you can use a spice cloth/cheese cloth to keep the cloves & star anise together and easily fish them out before serving.

Mulled wine is best made with the a full bodied red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon, but you can use any good dry red wine that you like.  Save your expensive reserved wines for later though, and use a relatively inexpensive wine for this recipe, since its flavor gets modified completely.   I wouldn’t ever use ‘Cooking Wine’ in this, or any recipe for that matter. For an extra kick in the end, you can spike it with a shot of dark Rum, whiskey, bourbon, or Grand Marnier. This is totally optional, but, I personally prefer a small shot of Grand Marnier in my cup. It boosts the orange flavor and gives this drink a great rich flavor.

Important Tip# 1: The key to making Mulled Wine is to not ever boil it.  Alcohol boils at a lower temperature than water so you really have to watch the heat.  For that reason, I use boiling water to dissolve the sugar and infuse the spices in the beginning and then let it cool down to a warm temperature before adding the wine.

Important Tip #2: When you switch to the ‘Keep Warm’ mode, fish out the orange peels, star anise and cinnamon. This prevents the wine from getting overpowered by these spices, and sometimes, the spices can cause a slight bitter after-taste if left in there too long.

Mulled Wine Gluhwein recipe Instant PotYou can make this recipe on the stove-top too. But, you have to watch it like a hawk since you don’t want to over-heat your wine.  I used an Instant Pot in its SAUTE mode to make the Mulled wine, and later switched it to ‘Keep warm’ mode, so that it stays warm for my guests throughout the party.  I would not recommend using the pressure cooking mode for this recipe, since the temperature for pressure cooking will burn off all the alcohol. I prefer using the Instant Pot for this recipe, simply because I can follow the recipe on the SAUTE setting without having to monitor it continuously, AND, I can keep it warm without the stove being on, which is avoidable when I’m entertaining guests.

It’s very easy to scale this recipe. Simply double-up the ingredients and follow the instructions. The boiling time for the sugar syrup may go up by a minute or two due to increase in quantity. The rest of the time remains about the same. Feel free to taste in between and adjust the flavors to your taste (Chef’s privileges;-)

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Instant Pot Magic

Great Gifts for your Instant Potheads!

Gifts-Accessories- Instant Pot and Kitchen

If you’re looking for gift ideas for your beloved ‘Potheads‘, here are some Instant Pot accessories and more, that will be cherished by them.

These are some of my most used accessories with my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. I use my Instant Pot for making cheesecakes, hard boiled eggs, pot-in-pot cooking, steaming vegetables and cooking a variety of Indian and popular global cuisines. Check out some of my Instant Pot recipes here.

I have elaborated on these accessories and how I use them in different recipes on this Instant Pot FAQ and Info page here. So, here are the product links to these Must-Haves, that’ll make for a great holiday gift for your loved one! These links are direct Amazon links, which means if you purchase something by clicking on on these links, I get a small commission, like a few cents, at no extra cost to you. These small commissions are pretty tiny, but I hope they’ll help me cover the cost of running this blog someday:-) 

So check out some great HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS here!

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

Chicken & Vegetable Skewers with Lemon Rice

Chicken-Skewers-and-Lemon-Rice- Instant Pot / Pressure CookerChicken 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!

This meal is super quick to put together too, which makes it very weeknight friendly. I buy pre-cut chicken from Trader Joe’s. Rinse and soak my basmati rice while I prep the vegetables. Dice up some onions, bell peppers and zucchini. Make a marinade with greek yogurt and dry spices. Toss chicken and veggies in the marinade and thread them onto bamboo skewers. I typically end up broiling these skewers, simply due to a texture preference. I have elaborated more on that in the next paragraph. Simultaneously, set the rice in my Instant Pot. In the end, this meal is at the table in under 30 minutes. I serve this with a Garden Salad with a lemon vinaigrette or a Greek salad sometimes.

Chicken-Skewers-and-Lemon-Rice- Instant Pot / Pressure CookerDifferent cooking techniques result in different textures for the Chicken and Vegetable skewers. How you cook them is entirely your preference. I have for you 3 ways you can cook your skewers, and here’s what to expect from a texture standpoint. If you grill them or broil them in the oven, there is subtle char-broiled flavor that gets infused in the chicken and vegetables. The vegetables get cooked, but not all the way through and still retain their crunch. If you cook your skewers in the pressure cooker along with the Lemon rice, the chicken will be super moist and the vegetables will be tender, more like a steamed texture. You can choose vegetables that take a longer time cook, like turnips, carrots, potato cubes instead. My family prefers grilling or broiling them.

To make an all-vegetarian version of this dish, you can substitute chicken cubes with Paneer cubes or Extra-Firm Tofu cubes. Follow the recipe and marination process. If grilling them, reduce the time to 2-3 minutes per side, flipping them once. Continue Reading…

3 qt Mini Duo/ Beginners / Weeknight/ Condiments & Sides/ Fill-it, Shut-it, Forget-it/ Instant Pot Magic

Brown Rice in Instant Pot

Brown Jasmine rice is a variety of long grain rice originally grown in Thailand. It is one of the popular varieties of rice due to its nutty flavor and floral aroma. When cooked, it has a little bite to it. It pairs very well with most curries and grilled meats. Brown rice tends to be a healthier choice than white rice since it doesn’t go through the milling process to make it white. Since it retains its ‘brown’ husk, it also ends up retaining fiber and many essential nutrients. It’s often recommended to people following a low-carb or a low calorie diet.

Everyone likes their rice a certain way. Almost every culture has their unique way of eating it. So, the end result can wary between a sticky texture to firm kernels. Which is why cooking time and water-to-rice ratio is different for everyone. The time and ratio is different for a short-grain brown rice. So you see, one size doesn’t fit all here!

I did many experiments with cooking times and water ratios to find the perfect combination for Jasmine Brown rice. I found that Basmati Rice had similar results. Here is what I realized:

  • My family likes our rice to be in between soft and firm. So, the ratio of 1 cup rice to 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water + 1 teaspoon ghee/oil, Manual (High) 22 minutes, NPR, works best for us. We typically eat our rice with curries or stir-frys.
  • If you like your rice more firm than soft, then a 1: 1 ratio, Manual (High) 20 minutes, NPR.
  • If you like your rice more soft and fluffy, 1:1.25 ratio,Manual (High) 22 minutes, NPR.

Brown Jasmine Rice in Instant Pot

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 22 minutes, NPR


  • 1 cup brown jasmine rice
  • 1 cup water (+2 tablespoons for softer texture)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil



Turn on Instant Pot. Add rice, water, salt and oil. Stir. Close the lid. Set valve to 'Sealing'. Press MANUAL (High) for 22 minutes.


Wait for natural pressure release (NPR). Open lid. Fluff rice with a fork.

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

Quinoa Poha (Quinoa Vegetable Pilaf)

Poha is a popular Indian vegetarian breakfast and snack recipe. This breakfast staple from the state of Maharashtra (western India), is traditionally made with Flattened dry rice, called Poha. The flattened rice is rinsed with water a few times to rehydrate it and then cooked with potatoes, plenty of onions, peanuts and spices.

In this recipe, I have substituted flattened rice with Quinoa, adding protein and fiber to this already nutritious dish. A simple seasoning of mustard seeds, curry leaves and a few basic spices, makes it ideal for breakfast or a snack. I personally prefer cashews in this recipe , but you can add peanuts or almonds too. I finish this dish with chopped cilantro, a dash of sugar and a squeeze of lime. My kids are huge Poha fans, so the real test in my house was when I served the Quinoa Poha to them. They absolutely loved it and took it for lunch the next day!

In this video, I have adapted this recipe to the Instant Pot, but you can easily make it on the stove-top as well. Check out the Notes section for the stove-top instructions.

Quinoa Poha

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Serves: 3 Cooking Time: Prep: 5 mins, IP Cook: 1 min


  • 1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed in a mesh sieve
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated or chopped fine (or 1/2 teaspoon dry ginger powder)
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin (about 3/4 cup)
  • 1 medium gold potato, cubed into 1/4 inch pieces (about 3/4 cup)
  • 2 green chilies (optional)
  • 6-8 curry leaves (or 1 kaffir lime leaf)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon ketchup (optional, but highly recommended)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • juice of half a lime



Prep the ingredients. Slice onion, peel and cube potatoes, grate or finely chop ginger. Rinse the quinoa in a mesh sieve, it removes the bitter coating on the quinoa beads. Turn Instant Pot on Sauté. When it's hot, add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard start spluttering, add grated ginger, onions, green chili, cubed potatoes and curry leaves. Saute for 1 minute.


Add cashews, all dry spices, frozen peas, quinoa, water and ketchup. Stir well. Close lid. Set valve to 'Sealing' mode. Cook on MANUAL (High) for 1 minute.


Open lid after natural pressure release or quick release after 15 minutes. Fluff the quinoa with a fork. Add chopped cilantro, sugar (optional) and lime juice. Stir with the fork and serve warm.


Stove-top: In a sauce pan, follow step 1 & 2, but don't add peas yet. Add 1/2 cup quinoa with 1 cup water. Stir and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes. Add peas, cover and continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes in the pan. Garnish with cilantro, sugar and lime. Serve warm.
(You may need to adjust the cooking time based on your brand of quinoa.)

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

Achaari Paneer Biryani in Instant Pot

This dish brings together the best of both worlds- Achaari Paneer and Biryani. Achaari paneer is a popular Indian vegetarian dish where paneer cubes (Indian cottage cheese), are cooked with pickling spices, giving the dish a subtle pickle-like zing. Biryani, on the other hand is flavorful rice cooked with spiced meat or vegetables. In this dish, I merged these two favorites and created Achaari Paneer Biryani!

This dish is milder than your average vegetable biryani, so if you want to bump up the spice level, increase the garam masala and by another teaspoon. This quick and easy, super delicious meal has become one of our weeknight staples! Add more vegetables to it, like carrots, beans, potato, and you have yourself a delicious Vegetable & Paneer Biryani! This biryani can be enjoyed with raita (yoghurt dip), or with a quick onion relish made by mixing together sliced onions, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper and cayenne!

In this video, I’ve made this Biryani in my 3 Qt Instant Pot, but it can be made in any pressure cooker, or on the stove-top too. Check out Notes section, for stove-top details.

Achaari Paneer Biryani in Instant Pot

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20


  • 1 paneer block- 10oz.
  • 1 cup basmati rice or any long grain rice, rinsed & soaked for 20 minutes in warm water
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • 2 teaspoon Panchpuran (Indian five-spice blend-fennel, cumin, fenugreek, nigella, mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 3 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 2-3 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon chaat masala
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar, or juice of 1/2 a lime
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 medium onion, sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne



Prep: Slice onion and bell pepper, cube paneer and keep aside. Rinse rice and soak in warm water for 20 minutes.


Turn on Instant pot on SAUTE. When hot, add oil. Add panch phoran seeds and sauté for 30 seconds. Add ginger-garlic paste and sauté for another 30 seconds. Add chopped tomatoes followed by all dry spices and stir. Add onion, bell pepper and vinegar. Stir and sauté for 1 minute. Add drained rice, paneer, water and stir well. Close lid. Vent set to SEALING. Cook on MANUAL for 6 minutes.


Open lid after natural pressure release (NPR), fluff rice gently with a fork. Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro.


Instant Onion Pickle: Mix together all ingredients under "Instant Onion Pickle". Refrigerate for 10 minutes. Ready to serve!


STOVE TOP: In a deep sauce pan or a wide skillet, follow all instructions. Add 1.5 cups water and cook covered for 8 minutes on medium heat.

3 qt Mini Duo/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb/ Under 30 minutes

No-Cream Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala in Instant Pot

Chicken Tikka Masala is a super popular Indian dish, where juicy grilled pieces of chicken are served in a creamy spicy tomato gravy. This is the British cousin of the popular Punjabi dish called Butter Chicken. Rumor has it that it is among the most popular dishes in United Kingdom. It is hard to find an Indian restaurant in the world, that doesn’t have this classic on it’s menu, and if you find one that doesn’t, don’t eat there:-)

Traditionally, the chicken is marinated and grilled in a clay oven called “Tandoor”. The gravy is made with fresh tomatoes, onions, fresh ginger-garlic and lots of garam masala. The gravy is finished with cream to balance the warmth of the spices, which makes it a delicacy. This is one of my children’s favorite dish. So, to make an everyday, low calorie version of this dish, I substitute heavy cream with greek yogurt! The result is so spectacularly similar to the traditional version, I promise, you won’t miss the cream and you won’t have to hit the gym after this. Chicken Tikka Masala is best enjoyed with Zeera Rice (Cumin rice), or Butter Naan!

In this video, I have made this recipe in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot. If you marinate the meat and follow all steps, this dish will be ready in about 40-45 minutes from start to finish. You start by marinating the meat, takes 5 minutes to put it together and about 15 minutes in the fridge. In the meantime, you finish the sautéing and pureeing process of the sauce. The start the IP timer for 6 minutes, it takes about 10 minutes for it to come to pressure and then 5 minutes cooling time after it’s done, so about 21 minutes. If you’re skipping the marination process, you can make this dish in under 30 minutes, from start to finish. Simply add an extra teaspoon of Garam Masala to the sauce to compensate for the flavors in the marinade.

I have made this recipe many times in my Hawkins pressure cooker, as well as on the stove-top. Check out the Notes section for details on that.

No-Cream Skinny Chicken Tikka Masala in Instant Pot

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Serves: 4-6 Cooking Time: 30 minutes total (no marination), 45 minutes (with marination)


  • MARINADE for chicken:
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs (fat trimmed) OR boneless skinless breast
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste (3/4 inch piece of ginger + 2 cloves of garlic)
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • Juice of 1 lime

  • SAUCE:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tablespoon butter/ghee (If using one of the two- 2 tbsp.)
  • 1 medium onion, coarsely chopped/sliced
  • 1 green chili (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger-garlic paste (3/4 inch piece of ginger + 2 cloves of garlic)
  • 4 medium size tomatoes, diced, or, one 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 12-15 cashews
  • 3 tablespoons plain full-fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish



Prep: Prepare the marinade for the chicken by combining ginger-garlic paste, garam masala, coriander, cumin, turmeric, cayenne, salt, lime juice and yogurt. Pour it in a bowl, or a gallon size ziplock bag (for easy clean-up), and toss the chicken in it, till well coated. Refrigerate for 15 minutes- overnight. If you don't have the time for that, leave it till you prep the sauce.


Turn IP on SAUTE. When the display reads "hot", about 30 seconds, add olive oil + butter/ghee. Add chicken, grilling one minute on each side. The chicken will be raw at this point- in this step we're sealing the marinade flavors. Remove chicken and keep aside.


For making sauce, add onion, tomato, green chili, ginger-garlic and sauté for one minute. Add garam masala, coriander, cumin, salt, paprika, turmeric and sauté for 30 seconds. Add 12-15 cashews and stir. Turn off IP. Transfer onion mix to a blender, cool for 5 minutes and blend into a smooth sauce.


Meanwhile, cut chicken into bite-size pieces.Add yogurt to the cooled sauce and blend again. Add sauce back in IP along with chicken and 1/4 cup water (skip the water if you used canned diced tomatoes). Close lid. Vent set to SEALING. MANUAL (hi-press) for 6 minutes. Open lid after natural pressure release or QR after 5 minutes. If the tomatoes were tart to begin with, you may want to add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to balance flavors (optional). Garnish with chopped cilantro. Enjoy Chicken Tikka Masala with Cumin Rice (Zeera Rice) or Garlic or Butter Naan!


30 minute version: If you are in a rush, you can skip Step 1 and add the diced chicken pieces straight to the sauce and pressure cook the same way. Simply add an extra teaspoon of Garam Masala to the sauce to compensate for the flavors in the marinade.

HAWKINS Pressure cooker: Follow all instructions till step 3 in the pressure cooker. In Step 4, pressure cook for 7-8 minutes on medium-high flame after the first whistle. STOVE-TOP: Follow all instructions in a deep skillet or a stock-pot. In Step 4, cook for 12-15 minutes, covered, till the chicken is cooked through.

3 qt Mini Duo/ Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb

Fall-Off-The-Bone Pork Ribs – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker / Oven

Summertime means BBQ time in our home. One of our all-time favorite BBQ dishes is Pork ribs! This smoky, sticky, juicy, fall-off-the-bone-tender goodness is a crowd pleaser for sure. But, who says you need a grill to make them? And who says, you can’t make them in Winter?

In our home, I’m the cook and my husband is the mixologist, so our territories are pretty clear when we’re entertaining or cooking for our family- I am in charge of the food and he makes some wicked good drinks, which can easily make another blog someday:-) But, when it comes to Pork Ribs, he’s the guy you want to talk to. BBQ Pork Ribs are probably one of his favorite foods to cook and eat. He has tried out some of the best southern BBQ places, has gone up to chefs and asked for their recipes. In the end, he came up with a cocktail of all recipes and made this version.  In my husband’s easy Instant Pot 6Qt (electrical pressure-cooker) version, the ribs are cooked to perfection in the pressure cooker, then coated with BBQ sauce and finished off in the oven broiler (or BBQ grill), for the ultimate Pork Ribs ever!  This recipe is pretty easy to double for entertaining, as shown in the video!

The best part about this one-pot wonder – he had no mess to clean and was out in the backyard, grilling chicken and corn and sipping his signature Mojito, while the Instant Pot 6Qt was at work!

Tip: We like our ribs really fall-off-the-bone, so the 30 minutes MANUAL time works for us. But if you’d like them less tender than that, you can reduce the cooking time to 26-28 minutes. Another way to keep ribs intact is to leave the membrane as-is. The membrane keeps the rack together.

This recipe can also be made entirely in the oven- Here’s how:

Oven recipe: Follow step 1. When you’re done with step 1. Turn ON the oven at 400°F. Wrap the ribs in heavy-duty foil so that the juices don’t leak. Cook for 90 minutes. Remove from the oven and continue with step 3. Enjoy!

There are times when he makes his own BBQ sauce. But these days there are so many great tasting store-bought sauces out there, that it’s a legit shortcut that save you so much time and the result is still lip-smacking good. Our current favorite is the Trader Joe’s TJ’s Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce. It’s so good on chicken too!

Fall-Off-The-Bone Pork Ribs- Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker or Stove

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: Prep: 7 minutes; Cooking: 30 minutes + 4 minutes broil




In a bowl, mix together all ingredients listed under "Dry Rub". Line a tray with aluminum foil and lay the ribs upside down. Using a paper towel, remove the thin membrane at the back of the ribs, as shown in the video. This step is optional. Coat the ribs liberally with the dry rub. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour.


Turn on the Instant Pot (pressure cooker). Pour in the water, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Coil the ribs around to fit in the pot. Close the lid. Turn pressure knob to SEALING mode. Cook on MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (high-pressure) for 30 minutes. (28 minutes if you don't prefer fall-off-the bone)


Wait 10 minutes before releasing the pressure (NPR 10), or, release the pressure instantly by turning the knob to VENTING mode (QR-quick release- yup, it works too). Using tongs, remove the ribs and place them on a foil lined baking sheet. Coat them with your favorite barbecue sauce. Adjust the top rack of the oven to the second level grooves. Place the baking sheet, cook in BROIL mode, for 2-5 minutes on the presentation side (oven temperatures may differ so its best to start watching after 2 minutes). This step can alternatively be done on the BBQ grill for the same time.

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

Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Lemon Pickle in Instant Pot

Lemon Pickle or lemon preserves are perhaps one of the most popular condiments in Indian cuisine. It’s popularly known as ‘Nimbu ka Achaar’ in the north. There are endless variations of this pickle. This is my father-in-law’s super-hit family recipe, that he inherited from his grandmother! It goes great with lentils, curries, biryani, rice pilaf, stuffed flatbreads, naan. Recently, I served it with my cheese platter, along with crackers and creamy brie- it was such a hit and so many of my friends asked me for this recipe. It is now a staple on my cheese plate appetizer!

Typically, lemon pickle is made in summer by brining lemons in their own juice, salt and a blend of spices, and sugar in some variations. The pickle is then matured in sunlight and this process takes a few weeks. This is my version, except this one got ready in 30 minutes!

Best Results: This pickle tastes even more delicious as it ages. I make it and refrigerate it for a couple of weeks before taking it out. It stays good in the refrigerator for a few months at least!

In this video, I have made this pickle in my programmable pressure cooker, Instant Pot, but it can be made in a stove-top pressure cooker too by following the same directions.

Alternative Spice: If you don’t have Panch Poran spice blend, you can substitute with 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds, 1 teaspoon methi seeds (fenugreek)  and 1 teaspoon Fennel Seeds instead.
If you like your pickle more spicy and/or sweet, you can always add more during the sauté process.

Meyer Lemon Pickle instant potVariation using Meyer Lemons: Recently, I picked up a bag of gorgeous Meyer Lemons from Trader Joe’s. I decided to try this recipe using those instead. I made one change though. I was out of Panch phoran, so used mustard seeds, fennel seeds and fenugreek seeds instead. Meyer lemons are sweeter, juicier and have a thinner peel as compared to regular lemons. So, the pickle is naturally more sweeter, which was a plus 🙂 Since the peel was thinner and there was more juice and fibers in the lemon, the pickle is more like a chunky preserve, as you can see from the picture. This pickle with Meyer Lemons was a bigger hit in my house. My kids just loved it- they smeared it all over their Parantha (stuffed flat-bread) and enjoyed it! A keeper for us!

Sweet 'n' Spicy Lemon Pickle in Instant Pot

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 30 minutes




Wash and dry 6 lemons. Turn on the Instant Pot. Pour 1 cup water in the inner pot and place a trivet. Place lemons in a bowl and place on top of the trivet. Close the lid. Set the vent to Sealing position. Hit Manual (High Pressure) for 15 minutes.


In the meantime, roast the spice blend for grinding. Place spices listed under the "Roasting spices list" on a microwave safe plate and heat in microwave for 3 minutes in 30 second increments, stirring in between. Cool for 5 minutes and grind to a fine powder in a spice blender.


Wait for natural pressure release from the Instant Pot. Open lid and remove the lemons. Cut in halves and remove seeds. Turn on the Instant Pot on sauté mode and let it heat up, about 30 seconds. Add oil and mustard seeds. When mustard seeds begin to splutter, add lemons, salt, sugar and all spices. Stir well.


Continue to sauté for 4-5 minutes till the liquid reaches a jam like consistency. Turn off the Instant Pot. For best results, let the pickle rest in the refrigerator for 4-5 days before eating.

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Chicken, Seafood & Meat/ Instant Pot Magic/ Low Carb

Chicken Vindaloo Keto in Instant Pot

Chicken Vindaloo is a popular Indian 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.

This is my take on this slow-cooked classic – a simplified, Instant Pot version, low-carb version. I added carrots and cauliflower to the curry towards the end to add flavor and fiber, and you have a delicious vindaloo stew, ready in under 30 minutes!

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20


  • 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 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil/butter/ghee
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
  • 1 carrot cubed
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets



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.


In a blender, add sautéd onions, re-hydrated red chillies with their liquid, all dry spices, salt and sugar. Purée into a smooth paste.


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).


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!


You can substitute sugar for 1/4 cup coconut milk. 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 chilies along with 1 tablespoon paprika powder.