Here’s an easy, low carb, high protein chicken curry that cooks in under 15 minutes in your Instant Pot or Pressure cooker. So there’s this slow cooker chicken curry that’s my favorite way to make and eat chicken curry. But It takes a little planning ahead and I’m not always good at planning dinner 4-8 hours ahead. My other issue with the slow cooker is that it often overcooks chicken or requires you to monitor at 3-4 hours. But every time I’ve tried to make this in the pressure cooker, the yogurt separates and curdles and you get a greasy layer and clumps. Not very appetizing. I know I can add the yogurt later, but I can taste the difference between yogurt added later, vs. things cooked in yogurt, which now has spices and flavor infused into it. So I wanted to come up with a way to make this work in the pressure cooker.
I’ve been looking at the soup button, and reading up on it. It said it doesn’t allow things to come to a hard boil. Okay, but would that help with not curdling yogurt? So ensued a very fun and very geeky discussion on the FB IP forum. Between thinking out loud on that thread, getting feedback from others on it, and contemplating further, I figured the only way to know for sure, was to try it.
Turns out, it takes more than just the soup button. Typically when we cook with yogurt in India it’s not unusual for us to put in a little chick pea flour into the yogurt, or add a little flour. I read up on this and realized that there are probably four key things to make this work:
- Beat/whip the yogurt well to ensure it doesn’t separate
- Use full fat yogurt to lessen chances of separation
- Use at least 1 tablespoon of corn starch to 1 cup of yogurt (although I used more in this recipe as it was my first try)
- Use the Soup button on your Instant pot which heats slowly at first, allowing the cornstarch to thicken the yogurt
Perhaps only 1 or 2 of these points made the real difference but I don’t know which one. So for now, do all four things if you want results like mine. I’ll experiment some other day with variations.
- 1 onion peeled & quartered
- 2 Tablespoons ginger garlic paste (or use 1 tablespoon each of minced ginger, and garlic)
- 2 tomatoes , quartered
- ½ cup greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoon corn starch
- I teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoons cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons turmeric
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- 1/4 c water
- 1.5 pounds chicken thighs, boneless, skinless (if using other pieces of chicken, adjust times per cooking charts)
- 10 ounces spinach
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
In a food processor or blender, blend together everything except the chicken and the spinach and I teaspoons of garam masala.
Place chicken in large pieces in the pressure cooker, and pour over the yummy-smelling sauce you just made.
Set your pressure cooker to SOUP for 8 minutes, and allow it release pressure naturally, about 10 minutes.
Open up and remove the chicken. Meanwhile, turn the pot on to Sauté on MEDIUM.
Chop up the spinach and add it to the sauce. Chop the chicken into smaller pieces, and add back in. Allow the sauce to simmer and thicken with the lid off, and the spinach to cook down.
Add 1 teaspoon garam masala at this point to add fragrance and flavor to the dish.
Serve with rice, cauliflower rice, naan, or with mashed potatoes for an unusual combination.