Instant Pot Gobi Masala – Cauliflower in Indian Spices (V+GF)

Instant Pot Gobi Masala : everyday cauliflower or gobi masala recipe that’s infused with Indian spices and extremely easy to make. The simple flavors makes this Instant Pot Gobi Masala recipe absolutely delicious and an ideal choice for a main or side dish. This recipe is Vegan + Glutenfree.


This Instant Pot Gobi Masala or as some of you might know them as Cauliflower in Indian Spices is one of my goto Indian style recipe to make Cauliflower. It’s super easy and actually easier than cooking cauliflower on the stovetop as it saves the cooking time and efforts.

I’m not a big instant-pot user as we do use something similar to it called ‘Indian pressure cooker’ in everyday cooking like daal, meat, stews or even to boil potatoes, however, there are some recipes that I make ONLY in instant pot and this is one of it.


This Instant Pot Gobi Masala recipe is infact so simple that you could even term it an #holistic meal, it involves no garlic and extremely mild spices like coriander and cumin. I’m adding red chili powder, however, you can skip that if need be.


The only thing to remember while cooking cauliflower most of the time is that you don’t want to cook them or keep stirring them for long as they mush up easily and then turn into this huge mash instead of individual florets.

So, always saute the spices + other veggies that go with it before and in the end add cauliflower. It just needs 4-5 minutes of cooking and in instant-pot, it’s even quicker.


So go ahead and make try this simple and flavorful Instant Pot Gobi Masala recipe for your weeknight meal or even weekends and do let me know how it went.


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Yields 3 Medium Cups Cauliflower

Instant Pot Gobi Masala – Cauliflower in Indian Spices (V+GF)

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

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5 based on 9 review(s)

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1 Large Cauliflower - cleaned & cut into florets or you can use those readymade florets bags

2 Tbsp Olive Oil - you can use any other light oil

1 Large Onion - finely chopped - you may use white or any other kind

1 Tsp Grated Ginger - you may use 1/2 tsp ginger powder

1 Cup Water - remove 2tbsp to make dry gobhi or use whole 1 cup to make it slightly thick

4 Tbsp Chopped Cilantro - optional


½ Tsp Turmeric Powder

1 Tsp Cumin Seeds

1 Tbsp Coriander Powder

1 Tbsp Cumin Powder

½ teaspoon Garam Masala

½ teaspoon Chili Powder


  1. Turn On the Instant Pot to Saute mode.
  2. Once hot indication is on, add oil, cumin seeds and sauté for 30 secs.
  3. Now, add onions and saute for a minute (or till onions are golden).
  4. Add all the spices and saute for 30 seconds.
  5. Now, add the cauliflower florets and saute everything evenly.
  6. Add water and put Instant Pot lid on with pressure valve to seal.
  7. Cook manually on high for 3 mins.
  8. Once the timer is off, quick release the steam or pressure valve.
  9. Add chopped cilantro. and mix evenly using a fork (the cauliflower will be tender, so please don't put much pressure or it will mash up easily).
  10. Transfer to serving dish and garnish some more with cilantro on top.
  11. Serve with choice of side.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Entree, Side
305 cal
7 g
54 g
19 g

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22 Replies to "Instant Pot Gobi Masala - Cauliflower in Indian Spices (V+GF)"

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    Sues March 2, 2018 (4:36 pm)
    I love all the flavors in this, especially from that turmeric and ginger! And I'm always looking for more great Instant Pot recipes, so I'm loving this!
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    Liz @ I Heart Vegetables March 2, 2018 (5:17 pm)
    YUM! Most of the Instant pot recipes I've seen have been meat, and since I'm a vegetarian I haven't really considered getting one. But I'd get one for this recipe alone! I LOVE gobi masala!
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    Pam Greer March 2, 2018 (5:23 pm)
    I love my Instant Pot! This recipe is going on the to-try list!
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    Joyce March 2, 2018 (5:35 pm)
    I looooooooooooooooooooove gobi masala! I can't believe these take 7 minutes! They look so fantastically browned and not overdone too! You are definitely convincing me to pull out my instapot out again! :D
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      Molly Kumar March 3, 2018 (8:50 pm)
      Hahahha, you have to try it as it's AMAZINGLY Delicious n So Quick!!!
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    Tara March 2, 2018 (6:10 pm)
    Such a great use of the instant pot! The color of that cauliflower is absolutely gorgeous. I love those spices.
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    Allison - Celebrating Sweets March 2, 2018 (7:15 pm)
    I love how easy this is! I bet it's so flavorful!
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    Lane | With Two Spoons March 2, 2018 (7:58 pm)
    YES! Cauliflower is my absolute favorite food right now! Buffalo cauliflower tacos (at home) the other night, a cauliflower burrito (at a restaurant) yesterday and now THIS! And made in my Instant Pot! I am going to make this again and again!
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    Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts March 6, 2018 (12:41 am)
    3 minutes!!!!!! Man that is a super quick side dish. I am just loving the colour on this dish!!! Also cannot believe how the cauliflower doesn't look mushy. I haven't had much luck with cauliflower in my IP. HAVE to try this!!
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      Molly Kumar March 6, 2018 (2:28 am)
      Thanks so much Claire. Try this recipe and I'm sure it would come out fine. I think the key to cauliflower is cooking/sauteeing them less when we are using an instantpot or pressure cook as they cook really fast.
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    Joan May 11, 2018 (3:53 pm)
    I am interested in making this dish, but am confused about the amount of water in the recipe. It is my understanding that you need at least a cup of water to bring to pressure, otherwise food will burn and it will not get to pressure. Could you please clarify? Thanks
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      Molly Kumar May 14, 2018 (2:21 pm)
      Hi Joan, thanks for your message and you need to add 1 cup of water. It's been updated in the post, thanks.
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    Joti May 13, 2018 (9:37 pm)
    In the ingredient list you ask for 1 cup water but in instruction only tell us to add 3 tbs.
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      Molly Kumar May 14, 2018 (2:22 pm)
      Hi Joti, thanks for your message and you need to add 1 cup of water. It's been updated in the post, thanks.
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