Masala Mac and Cheese (Indian Style Macaroni Recipe)

The good old classic with an Indian twist, masala mac and cheese is creamy, comforting, and oh-so-delicious. Made in an Instant Pot, this rich and gooey dish is perfect for the holidays, as well as family meals.

Ingredients for making Masala Mac and Cheese

Put the Instant Pot in saute mode and add olive oil. Once it heats, add onion, and saute for 3 minutes. Add ginger paste and garlic paste. Saute for one minute (steps 1 and 2). Add bell peppers, spice powders (red chilli powder and garam masala powder), kasuri methi, oregano, and salt. Mix well and saute for one more minute (steps 3 and 4).

Add 2½ cups of water and give it a good stir (step 5). Add pasta, tomato puree, and tomato ketchup. Spread the tomato puree all over the pasta. Do not stir after adding the pasta. Push the dry pasta slightly so that it is covered in liquid (steps 6 and 7). Close the lid of the Instant pot and set it to pressure cook and cook for 4 minutes -see the tips section above (step 8).

Do a quick release of the pressure and open the lid. Put the Instant Pot on saute mode on LOW (step 9). Add milk, sour cream, cheddar cheese, and gouda cheese (step 10). Keep stirring until the cheese melts and is fully incorporated - about 2-3 minutes (steps 11 and 12). Cancel saute mode and immediately take the inner pot out of the Instant Pot to avoid the pasta from cooking any further.

Top with fresh cilantro and serve warm.