Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Instant Pot Winners

Instant Pot Coconut Chicken Curry

4 servings


5 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time


1 tablespoon Ghee or Oil

1 teaspoon Cumin seeds (Jeera) (optional)

1 cup Onions (yellow diced)

1/2 tablespoon Ginger (paste or grated)

1/2 tablespoon Garlic (paste or minced)

1 cup Tomato puree (canned or blend 2 tomatoes to make a puree *)

1 pound Chicken thighs (skinless and boneless, cut into 1-1.5 inch pieces.)

1/4 cup Water

1 cup Coconut Milk (canned, full-fat, unsweetened)

1 teaspoon Garam Masala

1 tablespoon Lime juice

Cilantro (to garnish)

1 teaspoon Ground Cumin (Jeera powder)

1/2 teaspoon Ground Turmeric (Haldi powder)

1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder (or paprika, adjust to taste)

1 teaspoon Coriander powder (Dhaniya powder)

1 teaspoon Salt

I added some carrots and cauliflower after sautéing the chicken and it was yummy!

Note: I think would be better with coconut shreds too :)


Start the instant pot in Sauté mode and let it heat. Add ghee (or oil), and then add cumin seeds. Let them sizzle for 30 seconds.

Add onions, ginger and garlic paste. Sauté for about 3 minutes until the onions turn golden brown.

Add tomato puree and spices. Mix and let it sauté for 2-3 minutes. (If your instant pot is prone to burn, then skip this step and add the tomato puree after sautéing the chicken and adding water. Do not stir.)

Add chicken pieces to the pot. Stir and saute the chicken for about 3-4 minutes. Do not skip this step, as it adds lots of flavor to the curry.

Add the water and stir. Press cancel and close lid with the vent in sealing position.

Start the instant pot in Manual or Pressure cook mode on high pressure for 4 minutes.

When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually and open the lid.

Stir in the coconut milk, garam masala and let it simmer on sauté mode for 4-5 minutes or until the sauce is thickened (see notes to thicken sauce).

Stir in the lime juice and garnish with cilantro. Coconut Chicken Curry is ready to be served. Enjoy over basmati rice or with naan.


Serving Size



497 kcal

Total Fat

41 g

Saturated Fat

22 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat



111 mg


714 mg

Total Carbohydrate

14 g

Dietary Fiber

2 g

Total Sugars

5 g


22 g

4 servings


5 minutes

active time

30 minutes

total time
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