Anupy Singla, author of the new cookbook Instant Pot Indian

Anupy’s new cookbook Instant Pot Indian, now on shelves and available everywhere books are sold.


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Murg Makhani

Butter Chicken

It took me more than two dozen tries to perfect this dish in the Instant Pot and get to the point where my family prefers it over the restaurant version. Making it at home means that you don’t have to overload it with butter or cream, so you can feel less guilty about eating it and feeding it to your family.

 3 Quart
Yield4–6 servings
Warm up8 mins
Cook15 mins
Cool down10 mins NR + MR
Total time33 mins
Ingredients3 Quart
ghee or unsalted butter (dairy or alternative)4 Tbsp
green cardamom pods, lightly crushed (keep the husks)1
black cardamom pods (no need to crush)1
cloves, finely ground6
cassia leaves (or bay leaves)1 (or 2)
almond flour1/4 cup
turmeric powder1/2 tsp
yellow or red onions, puréed1 small
piece of ginger, puréed1 (2-inch)
cloves of garlic, puréed6
fresh Thai or serrano chiles, stems removed, thinly sliced2–4
garam masala2 tsp
ground cumin2 tsp
red chile powder or cayenne pepper2 tsp
paprika (unsmoked)2 tsp
light brown sugar2 tsp
salt1 Tbsp
water1/4 cup
boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces2 lb
tomatoes, puréed1 medium
unsalted tomato paste1 Tbsp
half-and-half or heavy cream (dairy or alternative)1/4 cup
chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish2 Tbsp

1. Place the inner pot in your Instant Pot. Select the SAUTE setting and adjust to NORMAL. When the indicator flashes HOT, add the ghee, green and black cardamom, cloves, and cassia or bay leaves. Stir and cook for
1 minute.

2. Add the flour. Stir and cook for 40 seconds. You can also add ½ cup of ground blanched almonds or use all-purpose or quinoa flour instead.

3. Add the turmeric. Stir and cook for 30 seconds.

4. Add the onions. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

5. Add the ginger, garlic, and fresh chiles. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

6. Add the garam masala, cumin, red chile powder, paprika, brown sugar, and salt. Stir and cook for 1 minute.

7. Press CANCEL. Carefully remove the inner pot and place on a heat-resistant surface. Once cool enough to handle, transfer the contents to a bowl. Scrape the bottom to loosen anything stuck—use a tablespoon of water and warm the pot on the SAUTE setting to help deglaze if needed.

8. Return the inner pot to the base. Add the water and then place a trivet in the pot. Place the chicken on the trivet and then add the mixture from Step 7 on top of the chicken. Do NOT stir.

9. Add the tomatoes and tomato paste. Again, do not stir—the key is to prevent the tomatoes from touching the bottom during the cooking process.

10. Lock the lid into place and make sure the pressure release valve is set to the sealing position (upwards). Press the PRESSURE COOK button and then press the PRESSURE LEVEL button until the panel reads LOW. Adjust the cook time to 15 minutes.

11. Once the cooking is complete, release the pressure naturally for 10 minutes. Then manually release any remaining pressure, press CANCEL, and remove the lid. Let the dish cool for 2–3 minutes and then remove the trivet with tongs and stir until all the chicken is coated. Remove and discard the green cardamom husks, the black cardamom, and cassia or bay leaves or leave them in for flavor and eat around them. All the other spices are edible. Add the cream and stir. The cream holds up better once the dish cools slightly.Garnish with the cilantro and serve with basmati rice or Indian bread like rotior naan.

NOTE: This recipe features measurements for the 3 Quart size Instant Pot. Instructions and measurements for the 6 Quart and 8 Quart Instant Pot sizes can be found in Instant Pot Indian.

Reprinted with permission from Instant Pot Indian by Anupy Singla, Agate, April 2023.