Instant Pot Chicken Curry - Mom's recipe
2 T. coconut oil
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 inch piece fresh ginger, roughly chopped
12 garlic cloves
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
1/2 cup fresh mint
2 T. water
4 lbs. chicken pieces, with bone and without
1/2 cup onion, diced
1 T. salt
1 cup water
2 T. coconut oil, divided
2 cups red onion, chopped
3/4 cup dry unsweetened grated coconut
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
2 T. red chili powder
2 T. garam masala
1 T. cumin powder
1 T. coriander powder
1 teaspoon salt
Making the Curry Paste
In a medium pan, heat 1 T. of oil and add diced onions and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently until the onion turns golden brown. Add coconut and cook for another 5 minutes. Turn off stove and allow to cool.
Once cooled, add the onion mixture to a blender. Add 1/2 cup water and blend to make a smooth paste. Return this paste back to the pan.
Add remaining 1 T. oil. Cook this paste on medium high until the oil starts to separate from the sides. Add the remaining spices; turmeric, chili powder garam masala, cumin powder, coriander powder and salt. Cook this mixture for 1 minute, stirring frequently so the curry paste does not stick to the pan. Set aside.
Cooking the Chicken
In a small blender, make a fine paste of ginger, garlic, cilantro and mint. Add 2 T. water to make a smooth paste. Set aside.
Turn on Instant Pot to Sauté mode and heat oil. Add asafoetida and turmeric powder.
Carefully add the ginger/garlic/cilantro/mint paste to the oil. Saute for a minute.
Add chicken pieces, onions and salt. Mix well, coating the chicken with the spices. Add 1 cup water and mix well.
Put the lid on the Instant Pot with pressure valve to sealing. Set on Hi for 8 minutes.
Open the Instant Pot after 10 minutes - natural pressure release. Add the curry paste (onion/coconut mixture) and gently fold in the cooked chicken.
Set the Instant Pot back on Saute and bring the chicken mixture to a boil. Turn Instant Pot off.
Garnish with cilantro. Enjoy with hot rice, warm chapati and/or naan.