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Creamy Cauliflower Curry in the Pressure Cooker

This creamy cauliflower curry has an amazing butter chicken style sauce but switches out the meat for a great vegetarian meal. You can make it in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot in a matter of minutes!

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We are so into the pressure cooker. Around Christmas I was desperate for an Instant Pot but they were sold out in basically the whole country so Will got me a Pressure King Pro instead and we’ve been making plenty of recipes in it.

Without really planning it we’ve ended up making several curries in it including pressure cooker curry with potato and aubergine and pressure cooker saag aloo. They’re both cooked in a ridiculously short amount of time and the pressure cooker locks in all that amazing curry flavour!

Creamy cauliflower curry in a pressure cooker with ladle

So let’s talk about butter chicken (chicken makhani) for a minute. It’s my all time favourite curry to order when we go out for Indian food. It’s so creamy and comforting. I originally had butter chicken at a curry restaurant near my parent’s house and theirs is still probably my favourite version.

What’s so good about this creamy cauliflower curry?

Ok, so first off, it uses a classic makhani sauce recipe which has butter as a base (and therefore is obviously a winner) followed by plenty of seasoning and flavour and is finished off with a hearty helping of double cream. Secondly, cauliflower is almost as good as chicken would be in this curry. I mean it, it’s a delicious chicken alternative and, bonus, it’s good for you! Finally, it’s made in the pressure cooker so it’s just 3 minutes until you’ve got curry ready to go.

Close up of a bowl of creamy cauliflower curry with rice and topped with nigella seeds and coriander leaves

So butter chicken always reminds me of being at home and going out for curry with my parents >>> two of my favourite things. I love how a particular recipe can remind you so vividly of a particular time or certain people, it’s one of my favourite things about food, eating and getting to share recipes right here on this blog 💕

Ingredients you need to make this pressure cooker creamy cauliflower curry:

  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Tomato Puree
  • Curry Powder
  • Coriander Powder
  • Cumin
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Turmeric
  • Chopped Tomatoes
  • Cauliflower
  • Double Cream

Keep scrolling to get the full recipe for this creamy cauliflower curry in the pressure cooker…

Overhead photo of two bowls of creamy cauliflower curry on a dark background with a knife and fork

I still eat butter chicken on a pretty regular basis since curry is one of my favourite things to get as take away. That and a little saag aloo is pretty much my dream night in. I’ve tried making butter chicken a couple of times and this sauce is just something else. Ultimate comfort food.

The cauliflower in this curry is cooked for just the right amount of time that it retains a little bite while still being cooked through and a bit creamy. It’s coated in all that creamy curry sauce and tastes amazing served with basmati rice, nigella seeds and coriander (cilantro) leaves.

Bowl of creamy cauliflower curry with rice on a hesian mat

Another thing about this recipe? It makes GREAT leftovers. Will and I pretty much always cook double portions of dinner because we need lunches for the next day. I cannot be doing with London lunchtime prices, you can easily spend well over a fiver everyday on lunch and that just seems like such a waste when I can cook something better at home!

Curry usually makes amazing leftovers because all those spices just develop more and more the longer you leave it. Making for some pretty excellent lunchtimes.

Creamy cauliflower curry in the pressure cooker with a ladle

Tips for making this creamy cauliflower curry in the pressure cooker:

  • It’s a good idea to take a look at your pressure cooker manual to see how long to cook this for. In my pressure cooker it took 3 minutes to cook the cauliflower perfectly but yours might differ slightly.
  • I’ve got really into using garlic and ginger pastes recently. They really cut down on prep time so give them a go in this recipe if you’re short on time.
  • Once you’ve released the pressure and added the cream I like to turn the saute setting back on for a minute to heat it through before serving.

Two bowls of creamy cauliflower curry with the pressure cooker in the background

Can you make this creamy cauliflower curry on the hob/stovetop?

Definitely! Just follow the steps but cook in a big pot over a medium heat. Add 200-300ml of water (about a cup) and cook until the cauliflower is tender. Once it’s finished cooking add the cream as stated in the instructions then heat through for another minute before serving.

Can you make this creamy cauliflower curry in the slow cooker?

Add all of the ingredients up until the cauliflower to your slow cooker then pour over 200ml (0.8 cups) of water and cook on medium for 4 hours. Add the cream and cook for another 15 minutes.

Creamy cauliflower curry in bowls topped with nigella seeds and coriander leaves

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Creamy Cauliflower Curry in the Pressure Cooker

This creamy cauliflower curry has an amazing butter chicken style sauce but switches out the meat for a great vegetarian meal. You can make it in the pressure cooker or Instant Pot in a matter of minutes!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 299 kcal
Author Amy

Ingredients

  • 3 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 8 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 2 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tbsp Coriander Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tbsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 tsp Turmeric
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 400g tin Chopped Tomato
  • 1 large Head of Cauliflower cut into florets
  • Water as needed
  • 200 ml Double Cream
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro to serve
  • Nigella Seeds to serve

Instructions

  1. Put your pressure cooker on the saute setting. Add the butter and let it melt then add the onion, garlic and ginger and cook for a couple of minutes.

  2. Add the tomato puree, all of the spices and the salt and stir to coat. Cook for a minutes until the spices become super aromatic then pour in the chopped tomatoes, add the cauliflower florets and add enough water to reach the minimum line in your pressure cooker.

  3. Cook on the stew setting for 3 minutes. Release the pressure then add the cream to the pot and put the saute setting back on for a minute to make sure it's hot. Serve with rice and topped with fresh coriander leaves and nigella seeds.

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Cauliflower Curry in the Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 91mg 30%
Sodium 759mg 32%
Potassium 454mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 40.8%
Vitamin C 33.1%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 15.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Creamy cauliflower curry in two bowls on hesian with a knife and fork and dark background

 

 

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Priya
    28/03/2018 at 9:51 AM

    wow! cauliflower curry looks so delicious and creamy!

    • Reply
      Amy
      30/03/2018 at 7:38 PM

      Thank you Priya 🙂

  • Reply
    Demeter
    28/03/2018 at 11:50 AM

    Okay, now you’ve totally got me craving some curry! Love how easy this is to make!

    • Reply
      Amy
      30/03/2018 at 7:38 PM

      Haha thanks Demeter!

  • Reply
    Helen of Fuss Free Flavours
    28/03/2018 at 12:37 PM

    Curried cauliflower is so delicious, and such a great combination. Making it in the pressure cooker is quick and easy, ideal for a tasty mid-weel meal.

    • Reply
      Amy
      28/03/2018 at 1:15 PM

      Thanks Helen!

  • Reply
    Danielle
    28/03/2018 at 1:13 PM

    This is the most awesome recipe. I love it. And I can’t believe how quick it is in the pressure cooker. Def gotta try!

    • Reply
      Amy
      28/03/2018 at 1:15 PM

      Thanks so much Danielle!

  • Reply
    Gloria
    28/03/2018 at 2:15 PM

    I don’t have an Instant Pot, but I do have a regular pressure cooker. I love all kinds of curries…and cauliflower is a great ingredient for sure. This looks like a flavourful and satisfying dish for sure.

    • Reply
      Amy
      30/03/2018 at 7:38 PM

      Thanks Gloria!

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