Instant Pot Kashmiri Keema Aloo Matar / Instant Pot Minced Turkey Potato and Peas Curry


Instant Pot Kashmiri Keema Aloo Matar / Instant Pot Minced Turkey Potato and Peas Curry

I love Kashmiri food. Most Kashmiri food is cooked with ground fennel, and ground ginger. I personally love the taste of ground fennel in food. It is very flavorful and aromatic. Fennel has several health benefits: It helps in digestion, reduces bloating, and heartburn. This minced turkey recipe is my attempt to create a fusion recipe. I have combined Kashmiri spices and also added onions and tomatoes. Traditional Kashmiri recipes don’t use onions and tomatoes. However, for this particular recipe the onions and tomatoes add texture and flavor. I will post the authentic Kashmiri turkey recipe without onions and tomatoes soon as well.
Keema aloo mattar is very easy to make in the instant pot and is very flavorful. It can be eaten with roti, naan (Indian flatbread), or rice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6




  • Wash and chop the onions, and puree the tomatoes. Wash, peel and chop the potatoes.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and adjust to normal.
  • Add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot, add cardamoms, bay leaf, and cloves.
  • Then add cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter add the onions. Sauté until the onions turn golden. Keep stirring in order to prevent them from burning.
  • Then add red chili powder, water, and stir. Let it sauté for about 1 minute.
  • Add ground fennel, ground ginger, salt, ground turmeric, ground cumin, and stir.
  • Add pureed tomatoes and stir. Let them sauté for 3 to 4 minutes. This step enables the tomatoes to cook and get the raw tomato odor out.
  • Add ground turkey and crush it with the back of a spoon. Keep doing it in order to prevent lumps from forming. Stir continually.
  • Then add the potatoes, peas, and stir. Make sure nothing is stuck to the bottom of the pot and scrape the bottom of the pot well. Add 1 cup water and mix.
  • Press cancel.
  • Secure the lid on the pot.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 8 minutes.
  • Once cooking is complete, use a quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Open the lid and add dried fenugreek leaves.
  • There will be some gravy. If you want the keema/turkey to be completely dry then select sauté and let the gravy evaporate. It should take about 4 to 5 minutes. Keep stirring so that the turkey doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot. I personally like some gravy in it since we eat it with rice.
  • Transfer in a serving bowl immediately. Discard the bay leaf.


  • Serve hot with steamed rice, naan (Indian flatbread) or roti.


  • On a scale of 1 to 5, I would place this at a level 3.5 in terms of spice levels. You can modify the red chili powder as per you heat tolerance.
  • This recipe has been tried on the 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • You can use any ground turkey meat. I typically use 85 percent lean turkey meat (Jennie-O brand).
  • Ground cayenne pepper and red chili powder can be used interchangeably as both of them make the dish spicy. So if you don’t have red chili powder you can use cayenne pepper instead.
  • The whole spices (cardamom pods, cloves, bay leaf, can be discarded, they don’t need to be consumed).
Keyword Aloo, Instant Pot, Instant Pot Keema, Instant Pot Turkey, Instant Pot Turkey Curry, Kashmiri Keema Aloo Mattar, Keema Aloo Mattar, Turkey
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My name is Shilpa Tiku. I am a foodie and love experimenting with different cuisines. Originally a Kashmiri, born in Mumbai and currently live in Dallas.

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October 27, 2020 12:05 pm

We recently wanted something else to do with our ground turkey and found a recipe for this dish. While it was ok, it was basic and missing something. In my search for something better I found this recipe and decided to give it a try! We had lots of Indian spices and I liked the traditional method of using the whole spices in oil. The flavors in here did NOT disappoint! I did use Indian red chili which is much spicier so I cut that waaaaay back. I considered removing a star because I had it all ready to go… Read more »

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October 28, 2020 9:52 am
Reply to  Alisha

Hi Alisha, Thank You for such a detailed post. Truly appreciate it. Glad you liked the recipe 🙂 Sorry you got a burn notice. It could most likely be because the canned tomatoes since the texture is generally thicker than the pureed tomatoes at home. Glad you added water and it worked out. Stay safe and healthy.

November 5, 2020 3:20 am

5 stars
Me again. Love it. Used good quality potato’s and standard beef mince.

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November 5, 2020 1:06 pm
Reply to  Jennifer

Yay. Thank You again Jen. So glad you are coming back and even modifying the recipes. Love it!

November 6, 2020 12:37 am
Reply to  Fast Curries

I don’t think Turkey is as popular here as over there. But yeah it was nice to just come home from work and heat it up. We are so lucky to have access to all these beautiful spices. If we can organise a mutual time to video call me and I want you to show me how I can organise them. I have just about everyone except mace I reckon. Email me.

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