Instant Pot Shalgam ki Sabzi (Indian Spiced Turnips)

Instant Pot Shalgam ki Sabzi (Indian Spiced Turnips)

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


This is a North Indian recipe that’s often served during the fall and winter. Like cauliflower and potatoes, turnips also tend to absorb flavor really well. Some prefer to puree the turnips after cooking them and eat this as a mashed dish (bhartha), but I personally prefer the soft texture of cooked turnips. Serve this sabzi (cooked vegetable) with Indian flatbread.


  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • ½ Serrano pepper or green chili, minced



  • ½ cup canned tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sugar, coconut sugar or jaggery
  • 2 pounds turnips, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • Cilantro, garnish


  1. Press the sauté button then add the ghee. Once the ghee melts, add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and bay leaf to the pot. When the cumin seeds brown and and the mustard seeds begin to pop, add the onions and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until the onions soften.
  2. Add the garlic, ginger, Serrano pepper and spices and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Then add the tomato sauce, sugar, turnips, water and mix well.
  3. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 5 minutes at high pressure.
  4. Open the valve to quick release any remaining pressure.
  5. Garnish with cilantro.