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Chicken Curry with potatoes on a plate with rice and vegetables with a glass of water on the side

25+ Traditional Pakistani Dishes, Including Instant Pot Pakistani Chicken Curry

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This Pakistani-style Instant Pot Chicken Curry includes bone-in chicken and potatoes and requires just 30 minutes of *total* prep time! Plus, check out 24 other Traditional Pakistani dishes in this roundup!
Cuisine Indian, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free, Halal
Keyword pakistani dishes, traditional pakistani dishes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 12 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 4 servings
Calories 328



  • 1 medium onion roughly chopped to fit in food processor
  • 1 medium or 2 small tomatoes (140-160 g) roughly chopped to fit in food processor
  • ¼ cup

    neutral oil

    such as avocado or grapeseed
  • 1 lb bone-in, cut up, skinless chicken (See notes for boneless) cleaned and excess skin removed
  • 3-4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1/3 inch ginger crushed
  • 1 small green chili pepper stem removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 ¼ tsp salt or to taste
  • 2 small russet potatoes (320 g) peeled and cut into large chunks

Whole spices

  • ¼ tsp whole coriander seeds optional
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 5-6 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves

Spice Powders

After cooking


  • Place the onion in a food processor and use the pulse function to chop it finely. Remove and set aside. In the same food processor, add the tomatoes and chop into a rough purée.
  • Select the high Sauté setting on the Instant Pot. Once hot, add the oil and onions and sauté until the onions turn lightly golden, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté until the raw smell disappears, about 30 seconds. Deglaze the pan with 2 tbsp of water. Add the chicken and fry it until it changes color, about 5 minutes, deglazing the pan if it starts to stick to the bottom. Add the whole spices, ground spices, salt, green chili pepper, and tomato. Sauté for 1-2 minutes, then add the potatoes along with 1 cup of water*. Mix well.
  • Cancel Sauté to turn off the Instant Pot. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Select the Pressure Cook setting and cook at high pressure for 12 minutes*. Allow the pressure to naturally release for 5 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  • Once safe to do so, open the lid and taste and adjust salt. Garnish with garam masala and cilantro. Stir gently as the potatoes will be very tender. Serve with rice, roti, or naan.


*If using boneless chicken, add 3/4 cup water and pressure cook for 6 minutes.


Calories: 328kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 14g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 821mg | Potassium: 665mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 420IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg