This pressure cooker chicken curry is our favourite go-to recipe when we crave for a chicken curry on a weekday.
Thinly sliced onions sauteed with cumin and fennel seeds followed by chilli, garlic, and ginger for the flavourful curry base. And all the magic happens when we cook chicken with this curry base in a pressure cooker. To summarise, it is a delicious chicken curry made in a pressure cooker with ease!
Pressure cooker memories
There will be hardly any kitchens in India without a pressure cooker. My mom, who is from the generation of empowered Indian kitchens with gas stoves, exhaust fans, and smokeless wood stoves has an arsenal of pressure cookers in many sizes and shapes. I have seen her mom, my grandmother, use them too. But I don’t think that was her main utensil. Her kitchen had a lot more firewood to use. A lot of cooking was done on woodfire stoves with brass and iron utensils. Whereas my mom, when my parents were living in a more urban setting, preferred the efficiencies* and precision offered by the pressure cookers.
We also got one when we got married and moved into our new home. We use it almost every day – it can be used to make rice, to cook lentils, chickpeas, or meat, or even a biriyani!
For most dishes, the finishing touches are done outside the cooker. But in this chicken curry, everything happens inside the pressure cooker. We will start by sauteeing spices and onions in oil (without pressure cooking) to make the curry base. We’ll then add chicken and pressure cook, which will be followed by simmering and garnishing. If this is not magic, what is!
Scroll down and check out the step-by-step recipe. If you are looking for more pressure cooker recipes, I have one here – Pressure Cooker Mutton Biriyani. It is a winner, and you don’t have to try hard! If you liked this pressure cooker chicken curry, I recommend checking out the following recipes as well.
*Intrigued by the science behind pressure cookers? Check out this beautifully written piece explaining it all, here.