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Kashmiri Tamatar Palak Nadru – Instant Pot Spinach and Lotus Stem

Coated in tomato and spices, this Kashmiri Tamatar Palak Nadru – Instant Pot Spinach and Lotus Stem is a delicious easy side dish to pair with your next special meal.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian, Kashmiri
Servings 5


  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1/2 tsp asafoetida  (heeng)
  • 1 pound baby spinach (454 grams) (10 cups)
  • 1 and 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 and 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder (cayenne pepper)
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin  (jeera powder)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tomatoes, medium, pureed (1 and 3/4 cup pureed)
  • 3 cups lotus stem (frozen, no need to thaw)
  • 1/2 tsp  kashmiri tikki masala    (optional)



  • 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 are using regular spinach then chop the spinach finely.
  • Puree the tomatoes in a blender and set them aside.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot. When the oil is hot, add in asafoetida, and chopped spinach. Let the spinach sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, keep stirring intermittently. The spinach should shrivel. Keep stirring intermittently to prevent the spinach from sticking to the pot. Furthermore, add in salt, Kashmiri chili powder, ground cumin, ¼ cup water, and stir well.
  • 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.
  • Add in pureed tomatoes and let them sauté for about 2 to 3 minutes until the raw tomato odor is eliminated.
  • Add the lotus stem, secure the lid on the pot and pressure cook for 2 minutes. When cooking is complete, use quick release to depressurize. Open the lid. Top with veri masala.
  • Transfer the cooked spinach and lotus stem to a serving bowl.
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