An Instant Pot Kidney Beans Curry with Spinach and Potatoes that requires just 10 minutes of prep, and is ready in under an hour. There is no added fat in this curry, but it's delicious and nutritious and packed with flavor and veggies. A soy-free, gluten-free, vegan recipe.
If you love kidney beans and cooking with the Instant Pot as much as I do, I have the perfect recipe for you today: my Instant Pot Kidney Beans Curry with Spinach and Potatoes.
This recipe packs more flavor and nutrition than any single dish has a right to, and the potatoes add a touch of decadence without taking away from the healthfulness of the curry.
I usually make this curry when I am multitasking, because it takes just a small amount of prep and the Instant Pot makes this a mostly hands-off cooking experience. It's a good idea to pre-soak the kidney beans for a couple of hours, simply because it helps you better determine the amount of water to add to the Instant Pot. You don't want to add too little because the curry would be too dry and could stick to the bottom of the pot. You don't want to add too much because, of course, you'd be stuck with a watery curry.
Convenience is certainly one of the most attractive features of this kidney beans curry, but it doesn't, in any way, take away from its incredible deliciousness. I add a tiny bit of vegan yogurt to the dish to make it even more flavorful and rich. Try and use rajma masala, available online and at Indian groceries, if possible. If not, use garam masala instead. Your dish will still be delicious.
If you make the Instant Pot Kidney Beans Curry with Spinach and Potatoes, be sure to come back and let me know. It has become a staple at our home.
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Instant Pot Kidney Beans Curry
- 1 ½ cups dried kidney beans (rajma)
- 1 medium onion (finely chopped)
- 4 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon grated ginger
- 2 tablespoon vegan yogurt (I use cashew yogurt, but if you want to make this nut-free, use coconut or any other nut-free yogurt)
- 1 heaping tsp ground coriander
- ½ teaspoon turmeric
- ½ to 1 teaspoon cayenne (or any red chilli powder)
- 2 tablespoon rajma masala powder (or garam masala powder)
- 2 medium tomatoes (pureed)
- 1 small bunch spinach (about 5 cups)
- 4 medium potatoes
- Salt to taste
- 2 tablespoon cilantro
- Slices of lemon
- Soak the kidney beans for two hours in enough hot water to cover by at least two inches. Drain before use.
- Add a tablespoon of water to the liner of the Instant Pot and set it to saute. Add the onions, ginger and garlic and saute for a few seconds while you prep the potatoes and spinach.
- When the onions start to turn translucent, add the vegan yogurt and saute for another minute. Add the tomato puree, turmeric, cayenne and rajma masala or garam masala and give everything a stir.
- Add the potatoes and spinach along with the drained kidney beans and mix well. Add three cups of water. Turn off the saute function, click in the Instant Pot lid, and set to the "beans" function which should set the curry to pressure cook for 30 minutes.
- Let the Instant Pot release all pressure or, if you're in a hurry, wait 10 minutes after cooking and release any remaining pressure. Open and add salt to taste and stir well. Garnish the curry with coriander leaves and squeeze in lemon, if you wish.
- Serve hot with rice, roti or naan.
Somehow I missed an important ingredient when making this delicious Holy Cow Vegan dish, Instant Pot Kidney Beans Curry with Spinach and Potatoes: CURRY
You don't need to add curry powder to every curry. That's why we have the other spices! 🙂 Happy you enjoyed it.
Have just had it for dinner! Delicious!
I recently went dairy and soy free and i Love your recipes. They are so true to Indian cuisine. I made this curry today. Since I didn’t have beans to soak, I used kidney beans from a can and used coconut milk since I didn’t have nondairy yogurt. This dish still came out wonderful!!! My 2 year old ate a bunch and I’m about to go do the same.
Very tasty and so easy to make. The only thing I would change is the amount of masala. I almost wonder if teaspoon and tablespoon were mixed up?
This was great! I used canned kidney beans and a pressure cooker. Now on my list of go to recipes.
So happy you tried, Amanda!
I can't believe how good this is with such simple ingredients. One of the best meals I've had in a kong time!
My picky, hard-to-please teenager had 3 bowls of this tonight and said “this is REALLY good!” The house smells amazing too.
This looks like a great way to do a quick rajma-chawal dinner. Can't wait to try it out in my IP!
Could I ask a favor? Could you please help adapt your gumbo recipe for the Instant Pot? I love the recipe, but I seem to spend at least an hour by the stove for it. I'm hoping the IP will help with that but I'm not sure what the best way to cook it would be.
Krithika, great idea, and I will do that.
Can you adapt this for the Slow Cooker, with tinned kidney beans, as I don't have an Instant Pot. Thanks!
Clare, absolutely. Just add all ingredients at the same time and use canned or cooked beans. You might want to check on the water a couple of times during cooking and add more if the curry gets dry.
Thanks! I am gonna give this a try 🙂