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Easy Instant Pot Curry with Black Eyed Peas

Wanted to share my secret short-cut recipe for making any lentil/beans curry in the Instant Pot.
Many of my non-Indian friends LOVE Indian food but are often intimidated by the vast number of ingredients and spices that go into making these dishes. As I was writing up a few recipes for my neighbor, I noticed that they all have a lot in common!
So here you go.
My favorite Instant Pot recipe for LOBIA BEANS CURRY 
  • In saute mode, add some oil
  • When its hot, add 1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 bay leaf and stir fry for a min or so
  • Blend together a small chopped onion, 1/2 inch piece of ginger, garlic cloves and green chili (optional)
  • Add this to the hot oil
  • Let it cook for a couple of min
  • Blend together 2 large tomatoes and add this to the IP
  • Add salt, and a tsp each of turmeric powder, kashmiri chili powder and garam masala (Magic Trio)
  • Add in the overnight soaked beans of your choice. I used Lobia or Black Eyed Peas soaked overnight and rinsed 
  • Add water - enough to covet the beans and some more (I usually eye ball the water based on how much gravy I want)
  • Close the IP and cook in Bean mode for 20 min and NR
  • Garnish with fresh chopped cilantro and juice of half a lime
  • Serve with hot rotis or rice!

Please note that cook times vary from bean to bean :) 

Again, there are many many methods of making Indian curries with different ingredients, but I find this to be the quickest, yet most effective method of bringing out the different flavors.
Hope you give it a try!