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This Instant Pot Gobi Masala or as some of you might know them as Cauliflower in Indian Spices or Instant pot Indian Cauliflower is one of my goto Indian style recipes to make using Cauliflower.
It’s super easy and actually easier to cook in InstantPot than cooking cauliflower on the stovetop as it saves so much cooking time and effort.
Back in the days, we didn’t have the concept of ‘Instant Pot’ in India or I would say even now, it’s not that popular as most of the Indian homes use ‘Pressure Cooker’ (Stovetop version).It’s been used in Indian households since generations and most of us grew up seeing our mom, grand-moms use a pressure cooker for everyday dals, meat, stews or even boil potatoes.
Hence, you won’t find tons n tons of Instant Pot Indian Recipes, but don’t worry, we are getting there and soon you’ll see tons of them.
How did I got hooked on to the Instant-Pot?
A couple of years back, I got an Instant-pot as a Diwali gift from friends and it was kept hidden in the garage till one day I finally opened that magic box 🙂
It finally became a part of our regular kitchen gadgets and that’s how I started using it more frequently.
Initially, we boiled eggs, potatoes but soon graduated to making veggies, meat or my favorite Chole (Chickpeas) – I’m adding the recipe below.
Now, the tables have turned dramatically and there are some recipes that I make ONLY in instant pot and this is one of it
This Instant Pot Gobi Masala recipe is so simple that you could even term it a #holistic meal or even healthy Indian cauliflower recipe because:
I’m adding some red chili powder to make it little spicy as we like it that way, however, you can totally skip that if need be.
Also, if you grew up in Delhi just like me, you’d know the love everyone has for ‘Gobi / Gobhi / Cauliflower’ there!
It’s an extremely popular vegetable and people can eat it every day.
So you’d see tons of varieties including this Instant Pot Gobi Masala or Cauliflower Instant Pot Recipe.
You’d definitely see it in almost every household in the winter season (when it’s produced the most).
Unlike here in the USA or other countries, cauliflower initially was available only during the winter season as it was considered to be a crop of winter.
However, now you can find cauliflower even in India (or some places in India) throughout the year.
The only difference between cauliflower in winter and all through the season is that the one available in winters (in India) is extremely tender and tastier.
Most of them are really small in size as compared to the large ones we get here.
Use a ‘Large Pan/Pot’ when cooking cauliflower as they need space to cook properly.
You ‘Do Not’ 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.
Also, ‘Add Less Water’ as the addition of too much water makes it extremely mushy … almost soupy.
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.
Now, in an Instant-Pot, you’d need to add some minimum amount of water to make it steam properly, hence I’m adding a cup of water.
However, once your Gobi is cooked and you open the pot, if you see extra water, you can:
So these were some of the tips/tricks I use to make Instant Pot Gobi Masala or anytime I make gobi/cauliflower.
Go ahead and make try this simple and flavorful Instant Pot Gobi Masala recipe or Instant Pot Gobi.
Enjoy it as your weeknight meal or even weekends and do let me know how it went.
The simple flavors make this Instant Pot Gobi masala recipe absolutely delicious and an ideal choice for a main or side dish.
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Important: Now, in an Instant-Pot, you'd need to add some minimum amount of water to make it steam properly, hence I'm adding a cup of water. However, once your Gobi is cooked and you open the pot, if you see extra water, you can:
Discard it (scoop and throw)
Lightly Saute the gobi while the instant pot is still plugged in and in saute mode. This way, you can cook most of the water making the gobi crisp.