This Aloo Matar made in Instant Pot is delicious and very easy to put together. It is perfect for your weekday meal or weekend indulgence.
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Place the inner pot inside the Instant Pot. Plug it in. Press Saute Mode and set it on HIGH for 20 minutes.
Once the screen displays HOT, add oil to it. Add Cumin seeds and saute for 30 seconds.
Now add finely chopped onions to the pot. Cook for about 3 minutes till onions are pinish golden in color. TIP - Cover the onions while cooking to speed up the process. It helps the onions sweat bit faster. Do saute in between to avoid burning at the bottom.
Once the onions are done, add tomatoes + ginger + green chili to the pot. Stir well. Now add all the spices as mentioned. Give it a good stir again. Cover with a lid and cook for about 7-8 minutes till tomatoes are soft and cooked.
Now add potatoes and peas and coat well with the tomato onion base. Add 1 cup water to the pot. Stir again. Place lid and close it. Make sure the valve is on SEALING. Press Pressure cook mode and set for 2 minutes.
Once the timer goes off, do QPR (quick pressure release). Add chopped cilantro and stir it delicately.
Aloo Matar is done and you can serve it with Naan or Rice.
To cut down the heat, skip the green chili or use less amount of red chili powder and garam masala.
You can also add some fresh heavy cream or whipped yogurt to make it creamy.
Also, this curry is more rustic. To make it a smooth curry, you may blend the onion tomato paste with an immersion blender before adding potatoes and peas.