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Kashmiri Palak Curry: Instant Pot Spinach

Easy pressure-cooked spinach! The finest and easiest way to cook delicious fresh spinach. This Kashmiri Palak Curry: Instant Pot Spinach is the ideal side dish to pair with your next meal.
Prep Time 1 min
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 11 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Indian Food, Kashmiri Food, North Indian Food
Servings 5


  • Pressure Cooker




  • Firstly, rinse the baby spinach well in cold water. There is no need to chop it. We will blend it later. Additionally, you can use regular spinach instead of baby spinach. If you don’t have an immersion blender then chop the spinach finely, while using regular or baby spinach.


  • Select sauté on the Instant Pot. Add in oil to the pot. Further, add in asafoetida.
  • Next in 30 seconds, add in spinach and stir well. Let the spinach sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, keep stirring intermittently. Moreover, the spinach should shrivel.
  • Once it shrivels, add in ground fennel, ground ginger, ground cumin, Kashmiri chili powder, salt and 1/2 cup water. Stir well.
  • Press cancel. Secure the lid on the pot and select manual/high pressure for 3 minutes. When done quick release the pressure. 
  • Open the lid and add using an immersion blender coarsely blend the spinach for a few seconds. Also, don’t blend it super fine. It needs to have some texture. If you don’t have an immersion blender  you can use a potato masher or the back of a ladle.
  • Furthermore, add in the serrano peppers. This recipe calls for the dish to be slightly flowy, not super dry. If you want it too less watery you can select sauté and the water evaporate for a few minutes. But i like it with a little gravy.
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy with steamed rice or roti.
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