Here’s a list of Pakistani Instant Pot recipes that are easy-to-make, healthy (I count real food as healthy), and 100% delicious!

15+ Pakistani Instant Pot Recipes

This roundup includes a beautiful mix of tested-and-perfected Instant Pot recipes: mostly curries, a couple of pulao recipes, and one of my favorite desserts. Most of these are common household Pakistani and North Indian recipes, though I’ve included a couple of mainstream ones (I couldn’t leave Butter Chicken out with a clear conscience). This is a growing list, so I’d recommend you bookmark it for whenever you need Instant Pot inspiration.

Before we begin, here’s the Instant Pot I use to make all these recipes: (affiliate link) If you are still on the fence about it, I hope this recipe roundup will convince you that you can’t live without one! If you’re new to the Instant Pot or just want to learn how to use it for Indian & Pakistani cooking, please check out my guide on How To Use The Instant Pot For Indian And Pakistani Cooking.

If you try any of these recipes, I’d love for you to leave a comment on the recipe and let me know how you liked it! If you’re on Instagram, snap a photo and tag me so I can see. I always love hearing from you!

Easy Pakistani Instant Pot Recipes

Instant Pot Pakistani-style Haleem made with beef and grains in a white bowl with wooden spoon and garnishing

Easy Pakistani Haleem Recipe (Instant Pot)

4.97 (27 ratings)
This Pakistani-style Haleem recipe is authentic, full of classic flavor, and the perfect consistency…Yet easy to achieve in the Instant Pot.
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Lentil Dal in a plate

Instant Pot Whole Masoor Dal (Brown Lentil Curry)

5 (8 ratings)
Whole Masoor Dal (Brown Lentil Curry) recipe made quick and easy in the Instant Pot. This is a no-soak (unless you want to), dump-and-go recipe you can make using any brown lentils. Healthy and flavorful with only 15 minutes of total hands-on time! Naturally vegetarian and vegan optional.
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The BEST Instant Pot Kheer

The BEST Instant Pot Kheer

5 (40 ratings)
This Instant Pot Kheer (Pakistani & Indian Rice Pudding) recipe has the classic flavor of old-fashioned kheer without the fuss. This is a restaurant-inspired recipe that's been rigorously tested and perfected until I can confidently call it the BEST Instant Pot kheer.
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Easy Instant Pot Keema

5 (11 ratings)
This Instant Pot Keema (Ground Beef Curry) is quick and easy to prepare and full of traditional flavor. It requires simple ingredients and has no whole spices to bite into, which makes it incredibly versatile and perfect for as a filling for samosas, puff pastry, and more. This recipe also includes instructions on how to adapt it to the stovetop.
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Sarson Ka Saag with a dollop of butter on a plate with spoons and makai ki roti on the side

Easy Sarson Ka Saag (Instant Pot & Stovetop)

4.93 (14 ratings)
This Easy Instant Pot Sarson Ka Saag recipe is made in the Authentic Indian and Pakistani (Punjabi) style but in half the time! Stovetop instructions included. Vegetarian/Vegan optional!
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Holding a plate of chana dal with a spoon in it

Instant Pot Pakistani Chana Dal

5 (16 ratings)
This is an easy Pakistani Chana Dal made in the Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker). Chana Dal (or Split Chickpeas) are cooked with spices and given a simple tadka for an easy dinner. Naturally gluten-free and Vegan optional.
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Plate of Maash Ki Dal (Urad Dal) with cucumbers and carrots garnished with sliced onions, green chilies and cilantro beside a plate of roti.

Pakistani Urad Dal (Maash Ki Dal)

5 (24 ratings)
Maash ki Dal, or sukhi (dry) split urad dal, may not be mainstream, but it's beloved by all who've tried it. This recipe makes it in the traditional Pakistani and Punjabi way – dry, as in firm, but cooked through – and adorned with delicate slivers of ginger and warming green chili peppers.
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A white plate with Shami Kebab alongside a bowl of raita, lemon wedge and garnished with mint leaves.

Easy Shami Kebab (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

4.92 (36 ratings)
Shami kebabs are tender patties made with beef and (yellow split peas) along with onion, herbs and spices. This recipe includes Instant Pot and stovetop instructions! Naturally gluten-free!
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Chicken Curry with potatoes on a plate with rice and vegetables with a glass of water on the side

Instant Pot Pakistani Chicken Curry

5 (19 ratings)
This Pakistani-style Instant Pot Chicken Curry includes bone-in chicken and potatoes and requires just 30 minutes of *total* prep time! This is an easy recipe with simple ingredients, minimal chopping, and no complicated steps!
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Easy Instant Pot Nihari

Easy Instant Pot Nihari (Pakistani Beef Stew)

5 (30 ratings)
This Instant Pot Nihari recipe takes 30 minutes of prep time but does not compromise on the authentic taste of this traditional Pakistani Beef Stew! Layers of flavor in every bite!
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Instant Pot Chicken Pulao in a bowl garnished with cilantro.

Instant Pot Chicken Pulao

4.9 (39 ratings)
This quick and easy Instant Pot Chicken Pulao recipe requires just 25 minutes of prep time and results in tender boneless chicken and perfectly cooked rice.
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Authentic Kadhi Pakora on a speckled plate with tadka made of cumin seeds, red chili, and cilantro on top

Kadhi Pakora (Instant Pot and Stovetop)

5 (15 ratings)
This is a classic Punjabi-style Kadhi Pakora recipe with Instant Pot and Stovetop instructions. This recipe uses accessible ingredients and has a shortened cook time but remains true to the flavors of traditional Pakistani and North Indian Kadhi. The recipe as-is makes a large batch (8-10 servings), or enough for a crowd. Adjust servings to 4 to halve the recipe.
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Instant Pot Keema Lobia (Ground Beef and Black Eyed Peas Curry)

5 (3 ratings)
This spicy and delectable Instant Pot Keema Lobia curry comes together quickly and easily and has a unique, homestyle Punjabi taste.
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Instant Pot Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

Easy Instant Pot Carrot Halwa (Gajar ka Halwa)

5 (13 ratings)
This authentic Instant Pot Carrot Halwa recipe is made in the traditional Pakistani & Indian style but without hours of active time over the stove. So comforting, naturally gluten-free, and only requires 6 ingredients!
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A white bowl filled with Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal, Basmati rice, ribbon of cucumber, sliced carrots and radishes and a lemon wedge.

Instant Pot Red Lentil Dal

5 (12 ratings)
This Instant Pot Split Red Lentil (Masoor) Dal curry is a quick, easy, and authentic Pakistani/North Indian-style dal recipe. It's naturally gluten-free, vegetarian (or optional vegan), and cooks within minutes!
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Bowl of Instant Pot Goat and Bell Pepper Curry garnished with cilantro on top of a white plate with naan and lemon wedges.

Instant Pot Goat Curry

5 (2 ratings)
This easy Instant Pot Goat and Bell Pepper curry is a Pakistani-style mutton recipe that requires little prep time and minimal ingredients you probably have on hand! It’s perfectly spiced, a little tart, and full of flavor.
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Easy Instant Pot Chana Pulao

Instant Pot Pakistani Chana Pulao (Chickpea Pilaf) – 20-minute prep!

4.96 (48 ratings)
This Instant Pot Pakistani Chana Pulao is easy, flavorful, and it takes less than 20 minutes of total prep time! Perfect for a weeknight dinner yet elegant enough for guests. Naturally gluten-free and vegetarian! 
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Instant Pot Butter Chicken Side

Instant Pot Butter Chicken (Easy and Authentic)

5 (28 ratings)
This tried-and-tested restaurant-style Instant Pot Butter Chicken recipe is easy to prepare yet yields authentic, deep flavor and tender chicken!
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Pakistani Beef Curry (Stew) in a bowl on top of a plate with naan

Easy Instant Pot Pakistani Beef Curry (Stew)

5 (26 ratings)
This Instant Pot Pakistani Beef Curry, or stew, is an easy recipe in which boneless beef stew meat is cooked alongside yogurt and whole spices. Also called Istu, or Ishto, this is a deeply flavorful yet healthy, dump-and-go Instant Pot beef recipe.
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Instant Pot Pakistani-style Haleem made with beef and grains in a white bowl with wooden spoon and garnishing
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15+ Easy Pakistani Instant Pot Recipes including Easy Pakistani Haleem Recipe (Instant Pot)

This Pakistani-style Haleem recipe is authentic, full of classic flavor, and the perfect consistency…Yet easy to achieve in the Instant Pot.

Ingredients 

Lentils and Rice

Whole Spices

  • 2-3 dried bay leaves
  • 1-2 black cardamom pods
  • 2-3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2-3 green cardamom pods, leave whole or remove seeds and grind into a powder using a mortar and pestle
  • 4-5 whole cloves, leave whole or grind into a powder using a mortar and pestle

For the Instant Pot

  • 2 (~300 g) small onions or 1 large, cut into eights
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 inch piece ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup neutral oil such as grapeseed or canola
  • 2 tbsp ghee
  • 1 lb beef stew meat, cut into 1 – 1 ½ inch cubes
  • 2 (~250 g) medium tomatoes, quartered
  • 1-2 green chili peppers, stems removed and sliced
  • 1 tbsp haleem masala powder, homemade (see post for recipe) or store-bought
  • 1-2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 3/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 1/2 – 2 3/4 tsp table salt or sea salt, start with 2 1/4 tsp if using store-bought haleem masala
  • 2 tbsp whole milk yogurt
  • 3 cups water

After Cooking

For the Tadka (Tempering) – Optional

  • 1 (~85 g) small or half medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2-3 tbsp ghee or oil

Garnishing

Instructions 

  • In a medium bowl, combine the lentils and rice and rinse a few times until the water runs clear. Fill the bowl with warm water and allow to soak. Set aside.
  • Place the onion, garlic, and ginger in a food processor and pulse to chop finely (but not blend).
  • Turn Instant Pot on Sauté mode and set to More. Once hot, add oil, ghee, and chopped onion mixture. Sauté for about 8-10 minutes, until the onions are lightly golden. While the onions are sautéing, add all the spices listed under Whole Spices.
  • Add the meat and sauté until the color of the meat changes (~5 minutes). Meanwhile, pulse to chop the tomatoes and green chilies in the food processor. Set aside.
  • Add the spices (haleem masala, red chili flakes, and turmeric) and salt and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the chopped tomato mixture and yogurt along with 3 cups of water.
  • Drain the soaked lentils and rice and add it to the Instant Pot. Mix to combine. Cancel Sauté. Cover the Instant Pot and set the valve to Sealing. Select the Meat/Stew Setting to set the pressure time to 45 minutes.
  • Allow the pressure to naturally release for at least 5 minutes, and then manually release the remaining pressure. Open the pot, and use a slotted spoon and tong to remove the beef pieces and add them to the food processor. Discard any large whole spices (the bay leaves, cinnamon stick, etc.) as they come up. Pulse to process the beef until it is just shredded and stringy but not smooth (7-8 pulses).
  • Use an immersion blender to blend the dal until smooth. (You can also blend in the food processor after shredding the beef.) Turn the Instant Pot on to Sauté mode and set to Less.
  • Add the shredded beef and rolled oats and stir. Sauté for 3-5 minutes to cook this mixture down. Once the haleem starts bubbling, cancel sauté and cover with a lid.
  • Select Slow Cook and set to More. Allow to cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 20-30 minutes (See Note 1). The haleem is done once a 'laced' consistency is achieved. (See Note 2) If the haleem thickens too much, add 1/2-1 cup boiling water and continue to stir. Add the garam masala and black pepper and stir to mix.

Tadka (Optional Step)

  • In a medium skillet, heat ghee or oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (~5-6 min). Stir more cautiously toward the end because you want them the deep brown color but not burnt.
  • Pour the tadka over the haleem. Garnish and serve with more garnishing on the side.

Video

Notes

Note 1: I like to go back and forth between Sauté – Less and Slow Cook – More. If using Sauté – Less, stir constantly to prevent bubbling. If you have the time, I suggest letting it Slow cook – More even longer, up to 4 hours. Add water to thin out as necessary. 
Note 2: If you lift your spoon and drop the haleem, it shouldn’t drop like a soup or curry, but like a thick batter or paste with the shreds of the haleem lingering from the spoon.
Calories: 385kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 25g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 61mg, Sodium: 68mg, Potassium: 515mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 495IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 82mg, Iron: 4mg