INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN CURRY
FOR THE MARINATE
1 whole (3 lbs.) chicken cut into small pieces
1 1/2 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
2 teaspoon coriander powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 teaspoon red chili powder; adjust to taste
2 tablespoon oil
salt to taste
FOR TOMATO PUREE
1 medium tomato
2-3 green chili; adjust to taste
FOR THE CURRY
1 medium red or yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon ghee or oil
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
3-4 whole cloves
3-4 whole green cardamom
1 teaspoon garam masala; adjust to taste
1 teaspoon ginger-garlic paste
Freshly squeezed lemon juice; adjust to taste
Handful of fresh cilantro, chopped
INSTANT POT CHICKEN CURRY
STEP 1: MARINATE THE CHICKEN
Using a paper towel, pat dry the chicken to get rid of any excess moisture.
In a large bowl, combine yogurt, ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, oil, lemon juice, salt to taste.
Add chicken pieces and turn to coat. Marinate for 30 minutes or overnight.
PREPARE THE SAUCE [MASALA]
In a blender jar, add chopped tomatoes, green chili and make a puree. Keep it aside.
Turn Instant Pot to sauté (more) and heat the oil.
Add cumin seeds, whole cloves, whole green cardamom, cinnamon stick, bay leaf. Sauté for 10-15 seconds.
Next add onions, pinch of salt and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until the onions turn light brown. Stir at regular intervals.
Now add ginger-garlic paste, sauté for 30 seconds.
Add tomato puree, sauté for 3-5 minutes. Cook the sauce until the oil starts to separates. Stir at regular intervals.
ADD MARINATED CHICKEN; PRESSURE COOK
Add the chicken, sauté for 3-5 minutes. Stir the chicken few times.
Add 1-2 tablespoon of water and deglaze the pot.
Note: There will be enough liquid to build the pressure and cook the chicken. Do not add too much water.
Close the Instant Pot lid, vent sealed. Pressure cook (high) for 10 minutes. Allow 10 minutes of natural pressure release.
ENJOY MOM’S CHICKEN CURRY
[Optional] Turn ON sauté (more), simmer the curry for 2-3 minutes or until desired consistency.
Sprinkle some garam masala, lemon juice, and handful of fresh cilantro. Serve with some Basmati Rice, roti or naan. Enjoy!