This Instant Pot Indian Potato Salad is a complete summer meal in itself. I make it ahead of time, then eat it cold straight from the fridge!
This is another post in my series of recipes sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. You can never have too many recipes for potatoes and this is one that will really impress your summer dinner guests.
What Do You Eat When It’s Hot Outside?
First I do everything possible to not heat up the house. Years ago that meant getting up and cooking in the wee hours of the morning. Now I use my Instant Pot, slow cooker, and air fryer to cook anytime and keep my house cool too!
My go to summer meal is usually something I can eat straight from the fridge. When it’s hot it’s nice to have cooling treats that are savory to go along with summer popcicles.
Sometimes that’s soy yogurt and fresh fruit, Sriracha Avocado Chickpea Salad stuffed into lettuce leaves or eaten on toast, or a big bowl of this Instant Pot Indian potato salad recipe.
Can I Make This Without an Electric Pressure Cooker?
In the recipe as written you cook the vegetables in your Instant Pot, but if you don’t have one you can cook them on the stove instead.
I like using my Instant Pot because it’s fast and doesn’t heat up your kitchen as much as using the stove would. You can get more info on Instant Pots in my Which Instant Pot is Right for You article.
Can You Make This Only Using Your Instant Pot?
I usually make part of the dressing on the stovetop, but you can just as easily rinse out your Instant Pot, dry it and saute in there instead – it’s really up to you.
Can I Make Indian Potato Salad Oil-Free?
I do use oil in this recipe to pull out more of the flavor of the whole spices and to be part of the base of the dressing. If you are oil-free just dry saute the spices. You can always mix in some vegan yogurt if the salad is a little dry.
Instant Pot Indian Potato Salad Recipe with Idaho Potatoes
This potato salad goes way beyond plain potato salad and has all the flavors you love in samosas without the bother of making pastry. It even has carrots, peas and chickpeas which make it a complete meal!
Instant Pot Ingredients:
- 2 pounds Idaho® red potatoes, cut into bite-sized pieces
- 2 cups water
- 1 cup diced carrots, I used purple carrots, but any color is fine
- 1 cup green peas, fresh or thawed frozen
- 1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas drained and rinsed
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cumins seeds
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
- 1 teaspoon minced garlic
Cilantro-Mint Chutney Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
- 1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro
- 1/2 inch knob fresh ginger, cut into pieces
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 teaspoons lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- Place the potatoes, water, and carrots into your Instant Pot and cook on manual, high pressure, for 10 minutes. Manually release the pressure and remove the lid. Add the peas and chickpeas, replace the lid and cook on manual, low pressure, for 0 minutes. Yes, I really mean zero minutes.
- Once it's done, which will be a few minutes since it will need time to come back up to pressure, release the pressure manually. Pour everything into a colander and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking. Set aside.
- Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Once hot add the cumin seeds, coriander seeds, and mustard seeds and toast until they become fragrant about 2 minutes.
- Lower the heat and add the garam masala and the minced garlic. Saute 1 minute more. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Add all the cilantro-mint chutney ingredients to a small food processor and pulse until smooth.
- In a large mixing bowl add the cooled vegetables, the cooled sauteed oil spice mixture, and the chutney, and cooked chickpeas if using, then mix well.
- You can serve it as is, or chill for at least an hour to get it nice and cold. Enjoy!
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 306Total Fat 3gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 549mgCarbohydrates 60gFiber 12gSugar 9gProtein 12g
Nutrition information is provided from nutritionix.com as a close estimate. If you have specific health issues please put the recipe information, including the exact ingredients you use, into the nutritional calculator your Dr. recommends.
Your photo shows chickpeas in it. Under one of the photos you say it has carrots, peas & chickpeas. BUT you don’t have chickpeas in the ingredients or instructions. Did you just toss in some pre-cooked or canned chickpeas? If so, at what point?
Kathy Hester says
I tossed in some pre-cooked chickpeas when I’m mixing all the cooled ingredients together. I’ve added it in the instructions.
Your instructions though say to put the chickpeas and peas in the Instant Pot when the potatoes and carrots are cooked.
Kathy Hester says
Yes, you cook them in 2 different batches because the potatoes and carrots take longer. So you cook them first, manually release the pressure and then add the cooked chickpeas and pea and cook again for zero minutes.
Let me know if I misunderstood your question.
Kirti Yadav says
Very interesting recipe, i am going to try that soon. Its like making an Dry Indian potato curry and then giving a salad twist to it.
I was frustrated making the chutney. You said to use a food processor and blend til smoother. I used my Cusinart but it didn’t get even close to smooth. So I put it all in my small Ninja 900watt blender and tried again. No luck. The mint/cilantro would spin up and stick to the sides. There was not enough liquid to wash it down to the blades. I would stop it, scrape everything down and repeat, but it didn’t work. Very frustrating. So I used what I had and finished the potato salad. Good taste but I’m not sure I’ll make it again.
Kathy Hester says
I’m so sorry the chutney gave you so much trouble. It could be that mine had extra water from rinsing them. I added into the instructions to add additional water if needed. Hopefully, that will solve the issue.
This was so good!
It seemed like 10 min may be too much, so lowered to 8, but should have lowered cooking time to 5-6 max.
The chutney came together with ease, and had a nice consistency to it.
I tossed in some tofu, cubed, to extra protein and texture.
All in all, a nice and different potato salad. Thank you!
This looks great! But I really want to make in my slow cooker….might experiment? Thanks Kathy!