instant pot achari chicken curry (chicken in pickling spices)

Instant Pot Achari Chicken Curry

  • Author: My Heart Beets
  • Yield: serves 4 1x
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian


This chicken curry is made with spices that are typically used to make Indian pickles, also known as achar. It’s a very flavorful and aromatic curry. Like many Indian dishes, this curry will taste even better the next day when you eat the leftovers.


  • 3 tablespoons oil of choice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger



  • 2 pounds skinless and boneless chicken thighs, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 cup fresh tomato puree (approx. ½ pound tomatoes)
  • ½ cup water
  • Cilantro, garnish


  1. Press the sauté button, add the oil and allow it to heat up for a minute. Add the cumin seeds and once they brown, add the bay leaf and onions. Stir-fry for 6-7 minutes, or until the onions begin to brown.
  2. Add garlic, ginger, spices and stir briefly. Add the chicken and give everything a good mix so that the chicken is well coated with the spices.
  3. Add the pureed tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then add the water.
  4. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  5. Naturally release pressure.
  6. Garnish with cilantro.