The hardest part about cooking Indian food is all the prep work, and the endless amount of dishes that are left to wash afterwards. For me, by the time I finish making Indian food for dinner, cleaning up and finding time to eat, I’m exhausted and can’t even enjoy the meal. Luckily, if you own an Instant Pot you can save yourself a lot of time by cooking things all at once, in a single pot with very limited babysitting.
To make a simple daal, shaak/subji and rice can be fairly quick in the Instant Pot once you get the hang of it. The method is the same for most shaaks/subji’s. When I’m making these three items, I use the sauté mode using the base of my pot and use the pot in pot method to cook multiple items at a time. I use this method and switch out the vegetables to make various shaaks/subji’s.
Here is a quick guide to making shaaks/subji’s, daal and rice in the Instant Pot. You can switch out the veggies and modify the vagaar/tadka per your own recipe. The shaak/subji pictured below is cabbage also known as Kobi (nu shaak) in Gujarati. You can add potatoes or other vegetables to this per your own recipe but the guide below will provide you with the appropriate cooking times, along with which settings to use on your Instant Pot to make a quick, healthy Indian meal.
How to use the Instant Pot sauté mode & pot in pot method to make Indian Daal, Shaak/Subji and rice –
Select SAUTE on your Instant Pot
Select ADJUST and click until the red light is on NORMAL. You will see the red light move from LESS, NORMAL or MORE with each click.
Give the pot a minute to warm and burn off any water that may be in the pot
Add in oil, once your oil is warm add the remaining of your sauté mode ingredient such as rai, hing, etc.
Add in your raw daal & at least 1 cup of water (more if you want it more liquified, but not less otherwise the base will burn).
Take a separate stove friendly pot, and do a normal vagaar/tadka for your shaak/subji. There is no need to use a stove friendly pot if you don’t plan to warm it up again on the stove.
Once your shaak/subji tadka is ready add in the vegetables, spices and water if needed