Instant Pot Easy Aloo Baingan Masala (Indian Potatoes and Eggplant)

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Aloo baingan masala is a hearty vegetarian Indian dish made up of spiced potatoes and eggplant. It’s so simple to make and delicious too!

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

Aloo baingan masala is a dish where potatoes and eggplant are cooked in a tasty spiced onion tomato sauce. It sounds like it takes a while to make but you can actually have the whole thing done in 15 minutes – from prep to placing it onto the dinner table. Really! With a 4 minute cook time and no need to wait for pressure to release, this dish is an absolute breeze to make. As long as you’ve got my pre-made onion masala ready to go that is!

Okay, okay before you say “I knew there was a catch” just hear me out! If you spend a bit of time making a batch of onion masala one day, you will save you SO much time when it comes to cooking Indian recipes! This is how a lot of Indian people are able to cook Indian dishes daily. This is our way of “meal prepping.” We make a batch of masala and cook up fresh meals in minutes. Plus, it’s so easy to make onion masala in an Instant Pot.

I’m sharing everything you need to know about this magic masala in an onion masala series that I’m sharing on the blog this month. This recipe for aloo baingan is part of the series! Check out this post to learn all about the series. The gist: I’m sharing recipes that call for exact amounts of onion masala to help make Indian cooking easier for you on a daily basis.

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

There are many different ways to make aloo baingan – you can play with the spices as well as the texture of the dish. It’s kind of amazing how this dish can really vary in flavor. For example, I have a delicious achari aloo baingan recipe which is made without tomatoes and with completely different spices. I also use whole small eggplants in that recipe so the texture is different too.

This recipe for aloo baingan is more like a sabzi that you’d scoop up with an Indian flatbread though you can certainly serve it with basmati rice too. It has some gravy but it’s not a super soupy curry. The eggplant is soft and mashed which means that every bit of it is full of flavor and the potatoes are cooked until perfectly tender. If you’ve ever had bharta before, it’s sort of like that but with potatoes. You’ll love it!

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

I feel like there are certain veggies that soak up flavor extraordinarily well and potatoes and eggplants are certainly on that list (along with cauliflower of course). This dish requires minimal effort (again, as long as you have the masala ready to go) and makes for a perfect and healthy weeknight meal. The potatoes add body to the dish and also make it more filling.

If you make this dish, I’d love to hear what you think! And be sure to check out all of my other onion masala recipes as well!

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

Instant Pot Aloo Baingan Masala

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Servings 4 -5

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Instructions
 

  • Press the sauté button then add the oil and allow it a minute to heat up. Once the oil is hot, add the cumin seeds and serrano pepper to the pot. When the cumin seeds turn brown, add the remaining ingredients (I don't even bother mixing).
  • Secure lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 4 minutes at high pressure.
  • Open the valve to quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Mix well, garnish with cilantro and serve.

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  1. Moshe says

    I don’t have instant pot and I’m not very familiar with it. If I read this recipe correctly you’re getting perfectly cooked potatoes and eggplants in just a few minutes? Also saw one of your Daal recipes and it said 7 minutes – I usually cook lentils an hour or so to make soup. Am I missing something here? Or is Instant Pot the next big thing I need for my kitchen? We’re a vegetarian family so I’m very interested in the ability to make veggie dishes quickly.

    Thanks for a great food blog!

  2. Christine says

    Unfortunately, this didn’t work…the Instant Pot (6 quart) gave the burn message right after it came to pressure. I had thought 1/4 cup of water would not be enough (usually, instant pot instructions insist on 2 cups liquid), so I doubled it to 1/2 cup, still with skepticism. Indeed, when I opened the pot, it was burned on the bottom. I noticed your recipe for the similar Aloo Matar calls for 1 1/2 cups water. I’ll try that next time.

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Christine, I’m sorry that it burned for you! I’m surprised that it burned with a half cup of water. I’m not sure why that happened – the valve was closed and the silicone ring on properly, right?

    • Debbie Finkelstein says

      5 stars
      The first time I made this I also got a burn signal. I realized that it was because I stirred it and some of the ingredients stuck. The next time I followed Ashley’s instructions and didn’t stir. It didn’t burn at all. I just stirred well when it was finished. I’ve made it a few times since then and never again got a burn signal. Love this dish!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Steph, I haven’t tried with a low carb veggie but this is a tough one. Radish will definitely alter the flavor and while cauliflower won’t change the flavor as much, the texture will be different. If I had to choose between the two, I’d vote cauli. I’m also wondering how parsnip would do – that might be a good replacement actually. Let me know how it goes if you try with one of these, very curious!

  3. Lila Moran says

    Hi! I am excited to try this recipe, but I currently have a bunch of small eggplants in the fridge. Is it ok to use these instead of the larger one? If so, would you make any changes? Thank you!

  4. Josh says

    5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe! It was top on the search results for “potatoes and eggplant instant pot” and I had the potatoes and eggplant on hand with no real plan, so it was perfect. Unfortunately I did not have onions or tomatoes on hand, but a 12 oz jar of Rogan Josh sauce with another 8 oz of water (rinsing the jar) for the right consistency did the trick. Everything was delicious I definitely want to cook again with the onion masala. The cook time and chop sizes were perfect.

  5. HL says

    Hi Ashley… I am planning to cook this tomorrow. Should I use small brinjal from Indian store or the big brinjal from Whole Foods?

  6. Christina says

    This recipe was my first attempt at using the Instant Pot. Unfortunately, I apparently did something wrong and the potatoes were hot, but not cooked after 4 minutes, then another 4 mins then 6 mins. I am using the Lux60 model. I watched a couple instruction videos and thought (after sauteeing) that I just pushed “manual” then set the time for 4 minutes. I’d like to determine what I missed in the instructions! Thanks!

  7. Sarla says

    5 stars
    Thank you made this recipes taste very yummy. Please
    I have to cook for 20 people can you tell how much eggplants and potatoes do I use
    Thank you again

  8. iain says

    5 stars
    Hi there,

    I tried this yesterday and even though I didn’t have high hopes (I’m not a big fan of aubergine, I find it comes out tasteless and watery) this was really, *really* tasty!

    Thanks for sharing.

  9. Anita Mirchandani says

    Hi! I am trying to make the onion masala.
    When I came across your other recipes such as Veg Korma or Chicken Korma, I noticed there is an onion tomato mixture portion. Can the onion masala mixture be used for this? I know that the mixture does not contain the serrano pepper.

    I was about to make a whole bunch of masala but I think I’ll wait 🙂

    • My Heart Beets says

      Anita, you can use onion masala in any recipe calling for onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic 🙂 I have several recipes that call for onion masala on the blog but not all of them do – the idea is to cook the masala, make recipes that call for it and then gain the confidence to cook any recipe whether mine or someone else’s using the masala. Hope that helps!!

  10. Michelle McIntosh says

    We just attempted to make this twice and the Instapot said BURN both times.
    The second time we added extra water and stirred well- any tips?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Michelle, are you using a 6 quart instant pot? That’s what I use to test all of my blog recipes. If you are using a larger IP, it could be that you need more liquid due to more surface area. If you can let me know more details!

  11. Sina says

    Hi Ashley. I have my frozen masala ready to go ( in cubes as you suggested) . I have potatoes and cauliflower on hand. Can I sub cauliflower for eggplant and should I add a bit more masala if I use cauliflower? Thanks! Sina

  12. Lady E says

    I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but i just wanted to say thanks for sharing it. This is my absolute favorite Indian dish. From the first time I tried it in a restaurant, I was in love. I even had this served at my wedding because I love it so much, so I can’t wait to try it! I’ve made other versions of this recipe, but I love how easy yours seems!

  13. emma says

    Hi Ashley, love your site! Just found it today and the recipes look amazing. Can you tell me if you can freeze this dish? Thanks!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Emma, I’m so glad you found my site! I can’t wait to hear what you think of the recipes! I haven’t tried freezing this particular dish but I don’t see why not – it should be just fine 🙂

  14. Cindy Tracy says

    5 stars
    This recipe was fantastic!!! I did not use the serrano chile and in making the onion masala, I used hot paprika instead of cayenne pepper, but we loved it!

  15. Rochelle says

    I made the onion masala today and want to make this dish tomorrow. What do you normally serve with it? Rice, naan?

    • My Heart Beets says

      Rochelle, you can serve it with either one 🙂 You can also make a legume dish and a side of raita (spiced yogurt) to go with it for a more complete vegetarian meal. Hope that helps!

  16. Ed Hawco says

    5 stars
    OMG, this was so good. I had my doubts, given how simple it is, and with only four minutes under pressure. But wow, it totally worked!

    I confess I added more onion masala (but I also had a pretty big eggplant) and a bit more water (about half a cup). I also stirred in a teaspoon or two of ghee at the end, because when I see this in a restaurant it’s usually a bit oily (but in a yummy way). Thanks so much for this. This, and the whole onion masala thing, have been game-changers!

  17. Anu says

    Ashley, can you let me know how to prepare this recipe without onion masala, because i dont have onion masala prepared and am planning to cook this recipe now.

  18. Maneesha says

    5 stars
    Great recipe, Ashley! I made this, and it was delicious! I usually make eggplant Gujarati style, using mustard seeds, but using the cumen was such a great change! Very easy and absolutely delicious recipe!

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