Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken Recipe

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Indian butter chicken is one of my favorite dishes. Who knew it could be so easy to recreate at home with an electric pressure cooker!

It's a keeper pressure cooker butter chicken indian curry recipe instant pot

I am definitely new to the Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker world. At first I wasn’t sure what I thought but I’m starting to love it. More recipes like this Pressure Cooker Indian Butter Chicken and I’ll be a complete convert. Right now I can say it’s growing on me and I’m committed to using it a few times a week (all 3 times last week were winners yay!).

Love this. Easy indian butter chicken recipe for pressure cooker

This Butter Chicken recipe is adapted from Pressure Cooking Today. I made enough changes to suit my cooking style and our families tastes that I thought I’d should share my tweaks but I definitely used her recipe as a starting point.

Hands down the best Instant Pot Butter Chicken Curry Recipe great weeknight dinner

Ingredients

  • 10-12 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 2.5 to 3 lbs)
  • 1 cans 28 oz diced tomatoes and juice (or I’ve also used 2 x 14.5oz cans)
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper (you can use more if you want spice this amount is flavor without spice)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch

I've made this every week since I discovered this instant pot pressure cooker indian butter chicken recipe

Directions

  1. Cut chicken into bite sized pieces (1-2 inches)
  2. Grate ginger into blender or food processor (I used my ninja), add in tomatoes and seeded jalapeno. Blend until well combined. If you don’t have a microplane you can just chop it or press it but I hate biting into ginger so I like it really small.
  3. Set your pressure cooker to saute/browning or whatever you used to do that (mine I just hit any button with the lid open) add in butter and allow to foam up.
  4. Add chicken in 2 batches flipping to just barely brown the meat. Remove and set aside in something that will preserve any juice that comes off you want that.
  5. Add cumin and paprika to the butter and stir continuously for about 20 seconds.
  6. Quickly add in tomato mixture, salt cream, yogurt, chicken and any drippings that have collected. Stir to combine everything.
  7. Close the lid and cook on for 5 minutes. Since we’ve been sauteing it shouldn’t take long to come to pressure before it starts counting the 5 minutes.
  8. Allow to natural release (basically don’t do anything after the timer goes off) for 10 minutes. Then do a quick release.
  9. Remove about 2 TBS of liquid from the pot and mix with cornstarch.
  10. Stir back into the pot along with the garam masala.
  11. Turn on saute or equivalent, bring to a boil and allow the curry to thicken to your liking.
  12. Add any additional salt according to your tastes and serve over rice or with naan or both!

we love this and make it all the time so fast great for weeknight meals butter chicken indian curry recipe

Now I don’t have an Instant Pot brand pressure cooker but it should work the same way regardless of which you have. When I bought mine I didn’t realize there was such a hype about one brand. But it has done the job fine and it’s been easy enough after the initial learning curve to “translate” instant pot recipes.

If you want to watch me cook this live and ask questions or just hang out and chat while I cook join me 1/16/2017 live on the Rae Gun Ramblings Facebook at 4 pm EST.

My new go to weeknight chicken dinner recipe. Indian butter chicken recipe for the pressure cooker instant pot

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DIY Valentine’s Day Crafting Projects and Block Party

Did you know that Valentine’s Day is just a month away??  It’s going to be here before we know it and I’m sure that I will be scrambling to get things down before I know it :).  So to help you stay ahead of the game, here are some great Valentine’s Day crafting projects. 
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 It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Rae Gun Ramblings Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By PollyBite Size Biggie!  Be sure to check out all of our blogs, because we’ve been up to some fun things lately.

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Lemony Snicket Quotes DIY Bottle Cap Necklaces

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I love a good quote about reading and Lemony Snicket Quotes are some of the best!

lemony snicket necklace DIY crafting tutorial

I’m super excited that A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket is getting another chance this time on Netflix. I really liked the movie version I thought it was gorgeous and got the wacky quirkiness of the books.

Easiest way to make upcycled bottle Cap necklaces and Lemony Snicket quotes

I read a bunch of the books which I think are lots of fun for your young reader. A lot of silliness and adventure. And there are tons of them. I didn’t get through all of them because I just don’t do middle grade (or this might be younger even, chapter books?) that well and like most book series for this age group the stories are pretty formulaic but they are still fun.

DIY book nerd necklaces. Cute upcycled bottle cap craft tutorial

So I’m excited for the new life and to celebrate I thought I’d pull together some of my favorite book and reading related Lemony Snicket quote because there are tons. And of course I had to make a couple into some bookish necklaces because I can’t pass up a good book quote necklace!

What You Need

What to Do

  1. Print and punch out your images.
  2. Glue image into your bottle cap and allow to dry 1 hour.
  3. Add a thick layer of dimensional magic and let dry at least 3 hours.
  4. Glue a necklace bail or pin back onto the bottle cap!

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I just love how these turned out! In the past we used to do Resin Bottle Cap pins and necklaces but I love that this technique is SO fast, simple and you don’t have to mix a huge batch of resin. You could easily just make one at a time.

DIY Lemony Snicket Quote necklaces with video tutorial

I had such a hard time choosing between all the awesome bookish Lemony Snicket quotes I thought I would share a few of the runners up!

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Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket

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I hope you’ll try making your own bottle cap necklaces. They really are super easy and fun! I’m sharing this as a part of a fun blog hop. Check out these other great Lemony Snicket Recipes and Crafts from my friends!

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Must Read Books You Might Have Missed

So many books so little time. But if you’re looking for some really good ones I thought I would share my must read books you might have missed. And I thought it’d be fun if you shared yours too!

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Every year I love to look back on the books I have read and just see what I read and what stands out and I love to see what other people’s favorites were. I normally fill Perpetual Page Turner’s Year End Survey but I find it to be a little daunting in it’s entirety and it’s focused on book bloggers.

So I thought I’d do a condensed kind of round up and invite you to share what your reading highlights were in the comments feel free to answer all or just a few of the questions. I’ll be going live on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST to share my answers! I use Goodreads to keep track of my books although I tend to update it in batches (I’m way better at posting my reads on Instagram and my Currently Reading page). If you’re on good reads this is my account we can be friends!

MUST Read books of 2016

I’ll fill this out and update the post with my answers tomorrow but I’d love you to join Debra from Housewife Eclectic and me on Facebook tomorrow 11 AM MST as we discuss our book highlights from the year!

How many books did you read in 2016?

  • 79 books total
  • 27,297 pages total

What were the top 5 books you read?

Name an author you’re glad you discovered in 2016.

What book(s) did you find yourself recommending the most this year?

  • pretty much the ones in my top 5 list

What book was recommended TO YOU the most this year? Did you read it?

Did any book make you angry or frustrated?

  • Edenbrook – so annoyed the whole time by the characters decisions and actions
  • Finding Audrey – I liked the book but I found the mom to be super stressful

What was the most surprising book (good or bad)?

What kid book was most read in your house if you live with kids?

Was there a book you can’t believe you waited to long to finally read?

What books did you want to read but just didn’t get to it?

  • I had Furthermore checked out forever but never got to it
  • I still haven’t gotten to about half of my Owlcrate books but I’m excited to

Anything else notable?

  • I read quite a number of books with kids with disabilities and mental illnesses represented and I liked that. I think books really help you see the world from other peoples perspective so I applaud the authors for doing that and doing it in a way that is not trite or patronizing.
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I loved it. Also loved the Fantastic Beast movie but haven’t read the screenplay.
  • I went and saw Cassandra Clare one of my FAAAAAAVVVVVOOORIIITTTE authors when she was in town for her Lady Midnight tour which I loved (both the book and the signing)

So what are YOUR must read books from 2016. I love adding to my To Read list! And don’t forget tomorrow at 11AM MST well be having virtual book club on Facebook to discuss reading highlights of last year!

 

DIY Quilts and Blanket Tutorials and Block Party

Here in my part of central Washington it’s been below freezing for WEEKS…and we’ve got more snow coming down today.  All I want to do is curl up in a quilt with a mug of hot cocoa until it warms up a little.  So I thought I’d share some quilty inspiration, especially since lots of us are getting back to some of our bigger quilt ambitions since the holidays are over.
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DIY Disney Princess Countdown Crafts

Going to Disneyland? These adorable DIY Disney Princess countdown crafts will make the wait bearable.

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I’m so jealous, my sister gave the nieces a trip to Disneyland as their big gift for Christmas this year. I will for sure be making them new DIY Disney Princess Dresses last trip I made Princess Jasmine, Belle, Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Snow White for me!  but to kick the trip prep off they wanted to make a fun craft.

Because the anticipation is just as fun we decided to do some cute Disney Princess countdown calendars. They each picked a different character and we made them live on my FB page. You can watch the replay here.

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For even more Disney Characters Countdown Chains my friend Tiffany has tons of options! Shes’ got the classics like Goofy and Donald Duck, Finding Dori, and more!

Fun right? Let me know if anyone knows where that princess picture is from. It’s all over pinterest but as an uploaded image and no link :(

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Fun Food Recipes Crafts and Block Party

Happy New Year! I thought we’d celebrate with a lot of fun food ideas.

Fun food crafts recipes and more

Whether you’re looking for a DIY food inspired project for the kids or an unusual snack here’s some good ones!

Lollipop Cookies | 3D Food Printing | Gold Fish Nuggets | Orange Felt Food

Toucan Treat | Felt Sandwich | S’mores Cookies | Princess Leia Cupcakes

Fajita Cups | Caramel Cashew Clusters | Polar Bear Marshmallows | Crispy Crack Pretzel Snacks

Loom Knit Hat (looks like Ice Cream to me) | Felt Food | Tortilla Snowflakes | Pinwheel Cookies

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Marissa here from Rae Gun Ramblings. I’ve been sick most of the last few weeks but I’m finally on the mend so I am all the more excited for the New Year. I’m just ready to get going you know?

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DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Remember those giant dolls? Well they aren’t pirates any more, I made them the cutest (and easiest) Elves Costumes!

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I apologize for the super long video. I’ve been sick and now the little one is sick so I didn’t have a chance to edit it down and I thought eep Christmas is SOOON I just need to share this. But I hope to come back and replace this FB LIVE replay with a bare bones tutorial version!

Speaking of FB live if you don’t already know I go live twice a week usually sharing some kind of sewing or crafting project and every once in a while cooking :) You can catch me on the Rae Gun Ramblings page Mondays at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 1 PM EST.

Supplies

The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.

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What to Do

  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

Boy Elf Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

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Girl Elf Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you’re good to go.

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