Karahi Chicken
I have to thank one of my readers, Saira, for helping me with this recipe, which is fast and, with that lovely tomato ginger sauce, absolutely delicious. She mentioned it once in my Facebook group as something her mother used to make that she really missed eating. I started to play with the recipe. After one or two tries where I missed the mark, she pronounced this recipe a success. This is a staple dish in Pakistan. Karahi means “wok,” but you certainly do not need to make it in a wok. ACTIVE TIME: 10 minutes FUNCTION: Sauté; Pressure/Manual (High) TOTAL TIME: 25 minutes Dietary Considerations: Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Nut-Free, Soy-Free, Dairy-Free, Low-Carb
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time
Servings Prep Time
6servings 10minutes
Cook Time
  • 2tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2cup minced or grated fresh ginger
  • 1 1/2pounds bonelessskinless chicken thighs, cut into 4 pieces each
  • 14.5oz diced tomatoes1 can undrained
  • 1tsp ground cumin
  • 2tsp garam masala
  • 1tsp salt
  • 1/2 – 1tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 – 3tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • fresh gingercut into julienne, for serving
  1. Select SAUTÉ on the Instant Pot. When the pot is hot, add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the minced ginger. Cook, stirring, until it starts to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Select CANCEL. Add the chicken, tomatoes with their juices, cumin, 1 teaspoon of the garam masala, the salt, and the cayenne. Stir to combine.
  2. Secure the lid on the pot. Close the pressure-release valve. Select MANUAL or PRESSURE COOK and set the pot at HIGH pressure for 5 minutes. At the end of the cooking time, allow the pot to sit undisturbed for 10 minutes, then release any remaining pressure.
  3. Stir in the cilantro, lemon juice, remaining 1 teaspoon garam masala, and the julienned ginger and serve.
Recipe Notes

• That really is 1/2 cup fresh ginger—that is not a typo. Do not use ground ginger in this dish. You want to cut the ginger quite small. I made coins, then I made julienne, then I minced them. You want to do this so you don’t get a huge chunk of ginger in any one bite. #trusturvashi
• You can use 2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes, but if you do that, add 1/4 cup water, just in case your tomatoes aren’t juicy enough.
• Omit the cilantro if you hate it. You can substitute parsley if you’d like.