Instant Pot Turmeric Pork Curry

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recipe by Chandra Ram

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 1mins
  • Serves icon
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When I was a kid, coconut was the gateway for me to try just about any Indian dish, and I firmly believe that rule applies to adults, too. This recipe is perfect for people who are afraid to try Indian food; it’s gently spiced, creamy and impossible not to love. I serve it over rice so I can soak up every bit of the sauce.

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recipe updated Jun 12, 2020


  • Pork shoulder icon
    Pork shoulder
    2¾ cups
  • Coconut oil icon
    Coconut oil
    3 tbsp (44ml)
  • Onion icon
    2 (280g)
  • Kosher salt icon
    Kosher salt
    2 tsp (about 6g)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    2 tsp (4g)
  • Ground turmeric icon
    Ground turmeric
    1 tbsp (7g)
  • Kashmiri chili powder icon
    Kashmiri chili powder
    about ½ tsp (1g)
  • Ginger icon
    about ¼ cup (22g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
  • Curry leaves icon
    Curry leaves
  • Green thai chile icon
    Green thai chile
    30g (30g)
  • Water icon
    ½ cup (120ml)
  • Coconut milk icon
    Coconut milk
    397ml (1¾ cups)
  • Cilantro icon
    about ½ cup (14g)


  • kCook icon Wooden spoon
  • kCook icon Instant Pot
  • kCook icon Inner pot

Step preview

  1. Pre-heat until hot - Sauté, More
  2. Add coconut oil to the inner pot
  3. Heat until shimmering - approx 1 min
  4. Add onion to the inner pot
  5. Cook until softened while stirring occasionally - approx 4 min
  6. Add kosher salt, ground cumin, ground turmeric and kashmiri chili powder to the inner pot
  7. Cook until fragrant - approx 1 min
  8. Add ginger, garlic clove, curry leaves and green Thai chile to the inner pot
  9. Cook until fragrant - approx 2 min
  10. Stir water into the inner pot
  11. Stir coconut milk and pork shoulder into the inner pot
  12. Close and lock the lid and turn the steam release handle to Sealing
  13. Pressure cook - Manual, High, 30 min
  14. Natural release - 5 min
  15. Quick release
  16. Cancel - Keep warm
  17. Pre-heat - Sauté, Less
  18. Simmer until thickened - approx 3 min
  19. Stir cilantro into the inner pot
  20. Serve
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