This Instant Pot Keto Vegetarian Butter Chicken with Soy Curls recipe has all of the flavors of the famous Two Sleevers Butter Chicken recipe–in a flavorful vegetarian version. An easy Instant Pot Vegetarian recipe that I hope you guys enjoy.
Vegetarian Butter Chicken
How would you like to make an Indian, Keto, vegetarian meal in your Instant Pot in less than 25 minutes? This Instant Pot Vegetarian Butter Chicken recipe will fit the bill.
WHAT EXACTLY ARE WE USING IN PLACE OF CHICKEN IN THIS INSTANT POT VEGETARIAN BUTTER CHICKEN RECIPE?
Soy curls, that’s what.
So many people have asked me to create a vegetarian version of my butter chicken and while I keep meaning to, something or the other comes up instead. I know you can simply add paneer later, and I’ve suggested this to a lot of people. But tonight I made this with soy curls which I got from Amazon.
Several people have raved about soy curls in the vegetarian groups I’m in, and I thought I’d try it out. I’ve never used them before but all the recipes I read said you should soak them for 10 minutes in hot water first. In an Instant Pot though, I’m not sure why this would be needed.
Wouldn’t the soy curls just hydrate during cooking? I thought it was time to test that hypothesis. Sure enough, the curls can just be poured in dry and they are well-hydrated and plump when finished.
This recipe for vegetarian butter chicken is a little different from the butter chicken as it will definitely not make extra sauce. You will also need to add some water, to hydrate the curls and to provide enough cooking liquid to come to pressure.
Additionally, there’s no good way to purée the sauce since you can’t take out the soy curls easily. But it works anyway. The recipes steps are even simpler:
- Pour everything into the Instant Pot
- Cook at high pressure for 6 minutes, NPR for 10, release remaining pressure
- Add cream and butter
- Serve with rice, cauli rice, naan, or cucumber shreds as I did
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This Instant Pot Keto Vegetarian Butter "Chicken" with Soy Curls recipe has all of the flavors of the famous Twosleevers Butter chicken recipe--in a flavorful vegetarian version.
- 4 ounces butter cut into cubes (use coconut oil if dairy free)
- 4 ounces heavy cream (use full-fat coconut milk if dairy free)
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- ¼-1/2 c chopped cilantro
- Put in tomatoes, soy curls, water and spices and cook at high pressure for 6 minutes. Allow it to release pressure naturally for 10 minutes, and then release remaining pressure.
Turn your Instant Pot on Sauté, and add the butter and cream (or substitutes) and allow them to melt while mixing. Use the back of your spoon to crush any large tomato pieces.
- Mix in the remaining 1 teaspoon of garam masala and cilantro, and serve.
I am not a registered dietician or nutritionist. Nutritional information is provided a courtesy, and can vary depending on the exact ingredients you use.