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Instant Pot Kale Stir Fry

Indian style kale stir fry with shallots prepared in Instant Pot.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: rice accompaniment, sides
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Instant Pot Kale Stir Fry
Servings: 4
Calories: 84kcal
Author: Srividhya G



Prep Work

  • Wash the kale and remove the hard stems if any.
  • Peel the shallots and chop them.


  • Set the Instant Pot in sauté mode. And once it’s hot, add the oil.
  • Then add the mustard seeds and cumin seeds.
  • As they start to splutter add the chopped shallots and cook it for a couple of minutes.
  • Now add the kale, turmeric powder, and half the salt.
  • Sprinkle some water and mix well. (I know it hard to mix 10 oz. Kale in that pot. Just mix as much as you can)
  • Now change the Instant Pot mode to Manual / Pressure Cook mode and set the cooking time for 1 minute. 
  • Once the steaming is done and as soon as the IP beeps, quickly and carefully release the pressure.
  • Once the pressure is all gone, open the lid and set it to saute mode again.
  • Now add the remaining salt and red chili powder and mix well.
  • Let it cook in saute mode for 2 to 3 minutes, and that’s it.
  • Healthy Kale stir fry is ready.


  • Stove Top Method: Heat a pan or kadai and add oil. Once the oil is hot, do the tempering and add the kale and dry spices. Sprinkle water and cover and cook for 2 minutes until the kale shrinks and become tender. Make you are stirring it frequently. Then remove the lid and cook until the water is all evaporated.
  • Instead of red chili powder, dried red chilies can be used too. For this measure, 3 to 4 red chilies would be sufficient.
  • You can add the salt after the steaming process. When I first tried this in IP, I added salt and spices before steaming and realized that it didn’t mix properly. So I started to follow this way.
  • Two to three cloves of garlic can be included too.
  • Spices of your choice can be added. For my kale chips, I added sambar powder, so for this stir fry, you can add curry powder or sambar powder. This recipe is just a basic version.
  • Adjust salt and spice as per your preference.


Calories: 84kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 618mg | Potassium: 470mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7167IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 2mg