Insta Pot Butternut Squash Pasta

Pasta cooked in butternut squash sauce in 10 minutes, vegan friendly, only 1 pot to clean, you can feed bunch of ppl , nutrients from butternut squash and taste so good. With all this advantages it’s a deal to grab for intelligent,smart ppl. Alright , I just tried my hands on to develop some marketing skill. Jokes apart, this dish is really good.

You can also make on stove top.

Here’s the link to recipe:

https://carameltintedlife.com/instant-pot-butternut-squash-pasta/

  • Sautéed chopped red onion, garlic ,Italian seasoning in insta pot for 2 minutes in coconut oil.
  • Add water or stock. Throw chopped butternut squash. I took time to peel, chop whole butternut squash using my new big knife.
  • Pressure cook for 4 minutes. Release manually. And mash squash.
  • Add pasta, more water , spinach, salt.
  • Pressure cook for 5 minutes and release naturally.
  • While it’s cooking soak some raw cashews in water. And then blend to purée.
  • Open insta pot, put it on sauté mode and add cashew purée to make pasta creamy . You can also add some whole roasted cashews at the end to make it exotic.
  • Sprinkle some crushed red pepper if you like spicy.
  • Serve with additional cheese if you like or skip to keep it vegan.
  • With a side of soup, makes a good ,fun meal
  • Good for kid’s lunch.
  • Do you know we need more vitamin A in winter? Butternut squash ,spinach will provide vitamin A.
  • Use good quality pasta to make it more nutrient rich. I hardly eat pasta so just used regular ones.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Vegan Ragda Pattice

Everyone or should I say health conscious ppl are trying to be gluten free and vegan. Have been realizing lot of Indian recipes can be vegan and gluten free with just few changes.

  • Ragda is made of dry white peas. Insta pot here will do the job.
  • Pattice is made of potatoes.
  • We top with date, tamarind sauce and coriander chutney, onion, tomatoes.
  • Skip sev and yogurt on top. Sev is made of besan so gluten free but unless you make at home , you don’t know what all it is made if. Without it, it still taste good and very feeling because of peas.
    We have to make things work for us instead of complaining. Isn’t it?
    Enjoy!

Insta Pot Rajasthani Dal Dhokli

Dal dhokli is another good candidate for Insta pot. You can make in just 1 pot and it’s easy. There are many videos and recipes for this online. I used 1 cup mung dal with skin , 1 tbsp Chana dal. Both soaked for 15 minutes. And it cooked in 12 minutes with natural release. Looks like you can use any dal combination but if your dal is gonna take longer to cook then first cook dal and then add dhokli. Dhokli will cook just in few minutes. Here’s few ideas for open minded ppl.

  • If you are not Indian, and want to try this recipe but don’t want to make dhokli…take lasagna sheet, break it in 1 inch pieces and cook it in dal. Very innovative, isn’t it?
    You can use any other pasta but not cheese filled. You can but I don’t know how that would taste.
    Dals are rich in protein , fiber and with insta pot they are so easy to cook. You don’t need to be Indian or have to follow Indian recipes, come up with your own.
    Generally we add ginger ,garlic , tomatoes or lemon juice in dals to make it easy to digest.
    Also this will be good for ppl with sugar problem since no extra sugar and more fiber.
    Enjoy!

Insta Pot Boiled Peanuts

Hiker friends love boiled peanuts and we call boiled peanut lovers squirrels now. So I have been making them for few years now for our hikes. Now with insta pot they are much easier to make. Here’s how I made them in 6 quarter insta pot.

  • Soak raw dry peanuts for 10-12 hrs in insta pot only with trivet that comes with it on so that they stay in water else they will float.
    Rinse and add fresh water, salt. Needs lot of salt. You can taste water and it should taste good salty. You can also add spices you like.
    Pressure cook on high for 50 mins. And let it release naturally.
    Taste and if salt is less , add more and cook for a minute and natural release again so it has time to absorb more salt.
    Fun healthy snack to relax and chit chat with friends.
    If you have green peanuts (lucky you) then no need to soak. It should be done in 25-30 minutes.
    Peanuts are gluten free. So this is vegan gluten free snack. It will keep you full for a long time too.
    Enjoy!

Protein Rich Vegan Gluten Free Khamani

Khamani is generally loaded with oil but it doesn’t need to be . You can make it healthy ,tasty and can enjoy for breakfast. Here’s my variation.

  • Soak Chana dal for 3-4 hrs . Chana dal is rich in protein and fiber.
  • Grind coarse or I just blended in magic bullet with little water. Batter should be like khaman like thick but liquid.
  • Add salt and baking soda or eno and steam for 12-15 mins.
  • Heat coconut oil and be little generous here but not too generous either. Add mustard seeds, paste of ginger and extra garlic, green chili paste . Sauté , add hing.
  • Add steamed khaman , crumble . Use potato masher if needed. If it’s too dry, sprinkle water or some kind of milk. 2-3 tbsp to make it soft and moist.
  • Add sugar, lemon juice according to your taste . Add golden raisin and cashew nuts.
  • Serve in a bowl sprinkled with flax powder , cilantro. Use shredded coconut if you have it . Or you can add some coconut butter too on top.
  • Garnish with cilantro and pomegranate seeds . Skip sev.
  • Isn’t it a good breakfast?
  • Enjoy!