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Instant Pot Kashmiri Aloo / Instant Pot Spicy Potatoes

This potato recipe is normally made on birthdays in our family. Kashmiri Pandits eat these potatoes with yellow rice. Yellow rice is typically made on birthdays or auspicious occasions. It is made with salt, turmeric, and ghee. Kashmiri Pandits share the yellow rice with neighbors and use if for pooja.
This potato recipe tastes great with rice. It is very easy to make in an Instant Pot . No onions or tomatoes are used in this recipe.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • Pressure Cooker




  • Wash, peel, and chop the potatoes. Cut each potato into 8 pieces. It translates into approximately 2 and 1/4 cups of washed, peeled, and chopped potatoes.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot.
  • Add oil to the pot.
  • When oil is hot (in about 30 seconds), add asafoetida, and cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds splutter, add the potatoes and stir well. Let the potatoes saute for about 6 minutes so that they get cooked slightly. Keep stirring to prevent them from sticking to the base of the pot. Then add Kashmiri chili powder, with 1/4 water, and stir.
  • In about one minute, add ground fennel, ground ginger, ground turmeric, ground cumin, and salt. Stir well.
  • Add the remaining 3/4 cup water. Stir well.
  • Press cancel.
  • Secure the lid on the pot and close the pressure-release valve.
  • Select manual and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, use quick pressure release to depressurize.
  • Transfer the potatoes into a serving bowl. 


  • Serve hot over cooked white steamed rice or yellow rice.
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