Instant Pot® Vegan Korma

Ingredients

  • 1red onion, quartered, divided
  • 1green bird’s eye chile pepper, stemmed
  • ½ cup water, divided
  • ¼ cup raw cashews
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger
  • 5 eaches whole cloves
  • 3 eaches green cardamom pods
  • 1black cardamom pod
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • ¼ teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ inch cinnamon stick
  • ¼ cup light vegetable oil
  • 8 ¾ ounces cauliflower, cut into large pieces
  • 5 ¼ ounces broccoli, cut into large pieces
  • 2 eaches tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • 1 cup canned chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained with liquid reserved
  • 1carrot, sliced
  • 1red bird’s eye chile pepper, chopped
  • ½ tablespoon garam masala
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 cup baby spinach leaves
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  • ½ cup vegan yogurt
  • 2 ounces roasted cashews, chopped
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Blend 1/4 of the onion, green chile pepper, 1/4 cup water, cashews, garlic, tomato paste, and ginger together in an electric blender, adding extra water if necessary, until paste is creamy and has the consistency of a pesto. Set aside.

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  • Step 2

    Combine cloves, green and black cardamom pods, bay leaf, cumin seeds, peppercorns, coriander, and cinnamon in a mortar. Smash using a pestle to break open spices slightly, 3 to 4 times. Thinly slice remaining onion quarters.

  • Step 3

    Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add smashed spice mixture and toast until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour in oil followed by cauliflower, broccoli, tomatoes, chickpeas, carrot, red chile pepper, garam masala, turmeric, chili powder, and cashew pesto. Stir. Cancel the Saute function. Close and lock the lid.

  • Step 4

    Select high pressure according to manufacturer’s instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for pressure to build.

  • Step 5

    Release pressure using the natural-release method according to manufacturer’s instructions, 10 to 40 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid. Stir in spinach and mix to help wilt. Stir in coconut milk and yogurt. Mix and serve with roasted cashews and cilantro on top.

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