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Balti Chicken Curry in Instant Pot

Easy-to-make balti chicken is a mild, flavorful, and delicious curry served in a steel wok-like bowl called 'balti'. This hearty one-pot chicken curry is made with minimal spices and is unique and different from regular Indian curries.
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Author: Shilpa
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken bone-in, skinless (approximately 1 kg)
  • ¼ cup oil
  • 1-2 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 10 cashew
  • 2-3 large onions (approximately 3 cups) finely chopped
  • 2 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 medium tomatoes chopped
  • ½ cup yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 2 tablespoon coriander leaves (cilantro)
  • ½ cup water

Instructions

Prep:

  • Wash and clean the chicken.
  • Grind the cashew into a smooth paste using little water.
  • To this, add yogurt, chili powder, garam masala, and salt. Blend well and set it aside.

Making the curry:

  • Set the Instant Pot to saute mode and add oil.
  • Add cumin seeds and bay leaf.
  • Add onion, ginger, and garlic. Saute until the onion is light brown (4-5 minutes).
  • Add the tomatoes and saute until the tomatoes soften (2-3 minutes).
  • Add the chicken pieces and saute for one minute.
  • Add the yogurt mixture and mix well. Saute for one more minute.
  • Add ½ cup of water and mix well. Deglaze the pot.
  • Secure the IP lid and set it to pressure cook mode for 5 minutes.
  • Do a natural release of pressure for 10 minutes, then do a quick release.
  • Add cilantro and mix well. Serve with roti, naan or rice.

Video

Notes

See the tips section above for useful tips to make this dish.
Nutrition Facts
Balti Chicken Curry in Instant Pot
Amount per Serving
Calories
311
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
22
g
34
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Trans Fat
 
1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
11
g
Cholesterol
 
57
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
74
mg
3
%
Potassium
 
423
mg
12
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
5
g
6
%
Protein
 
16
g
32
%
Vitamin A
 
578
IU
12
%
Vitamin C
 
13
mg
16
%
Calcium
 
65
mg
7
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.