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Chicken Korma Instant Pot Recipe

instant pot chicken korma

Chicken Korma Instant Pot Recipe

This dish, also known as Shahi Chicken Korma, is a royal entree typically served on special occasions. A korma is a mildly spiced curry that calls for dried fruit (raisins) and nuts. For this recipe, the creaminess comes from well-blended cashews. This gives the sauce a thick, rich feel and flavor.
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Servings 4 servings
Cuisine Indian


Onion Tomato Mixture

  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1- inch ginger roughly chopped
  • ½ Serrano pepper or green chili roughly chopped
  • 1 tomato roughly chopped

Creamy Cashew Sauce

  • ½ cup cashews
  • ½ cup water

  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup golden raisins
  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds


  • 1 ½ pounds skinless and boneless chicken thighs cut into quarters
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon dried fenugreek leaves kasoori methi
  • Cilantro garnish


  • To make the onion tomato mixture, add the onion, garlic, ginger, Serrano pepper and tomato to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  • Prepare the cashew sauce by adding the cashews and ½ cup water to a blender and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • Press the sauté button and add ghee, ¼ cup of cashews and golden raisins. Stir-fry until the cashews begin to turn golden. Remove the cashews and raisins and set aside to use as a garnish.
  • Add cumin seeds and once they begin to brown, add the blended onion and tomato mixture. Stir-fry for 8-10 minutes, or until the onion and tomato mixture has thickened.
  • Add the spices, stir, then add the chicken and mix well.
  • Pour 1 cup of water into the pot.
  • Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 10 minutes at high pressure.
  • Open the valve to quick release any remaining pressure.
  • Press the sauté button, add the blended cashew sauce and fenugreek leaves and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Garnish with cilantro, ghee-coated cashews and raisins.



  • I always suggest gathering the ingredients before you begin cooking. Putting all of the ground spices together in a bowl will make the cooking process go much faster/smoother.
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