Instant Pot Palak Mushroom

Mushrooms cooked in a spiced spinach curry, this Palak Mushroom is an easy one-pot dish which gets done quickly for a weeknight meal. 

This Palak Mushroom

** is vegan and gluten-free.

✔easy one-pot dish which is great to make on weekdays.

✔pairs well with rice or any other grain.

✔makes a hearty and comforting meal.

✔is perfect for those who are on a low-carb diet as well. 

This dish is mildly spiced and finished with cashew cream. The cashews makes the curry thick and give it that little sweet taste which perfectly balances out the spinach.


  • ▢1/4 cup whole cashews raw & unsalted, 37 grams, soaked in hot water
  • ▢340 grams spinach I used two 6 oz baby spinach bags
  • ▢1 large tomato 178 grams or 2 medium tomatoes, quartered
  • ▢5 large garlic cloves divided, 3 whole and 2 chopped
  • ▢1 inch ginger roughly chopped
  • ▢1 green chili
  • ▢3/4 cup water 6 oz, or as needed, divided
  • ▢8 oz white mushrooms sliced
  • ▢1 medium red onion 160 grams, chopped
  • ▢1 tablespoon oil 15 ml, I used avocado oil
  • ▢1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ▢1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • ▢1/4 teaspoon red chili powder skip for less heat
  • ▢1/2-3/4 teaspoon salt adjust to taste
  • ▢1 teaspoon kasuri methi crushed, dried fenugreek leaves
  • ▢lemon juice to taste


  • Soak cashews in hot water for 15-20 minutes while you work on rest of the recipe. 
  • cashews in water in a pan
  • To a blender, add the washed spinach leaves along with chopped tomato, 3 garlic cloves, 1-inch ginger and 1 green chili. Add little water and blend to a smooth paste. I added around 1/4 cup water here to help it blend. Set this aside
  • .green color paste in a blender
  • Press the saute button on the Instant Pot, once it displays hot, add the oil and then add the bay leaf and add the remaining 2 garlic cloves (chopped). Saute for 30 seconds or so until garlic starts changing color.
  • bay leaf and garlic being sautéed in oil
  • Then add the chopped onion and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until the onions soften
  • .onion, bay leaf being sautéed in oil
  • Add the pureed spinach-tomato-ginger-garlic paste to the pot now and give a stir. Then add the spices- coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric and red chili powder. Also add the salt and cook the spices for 30 seconds.
  • ground spices added to green color puree
  • Add in the sliced mushrooms, and then add 1/2 cup water and stir. Close the pot with the lid and press the manual or pressure cook button. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes with the pressure valve in the sealing position. Let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes and then release the remaining pressure manually.
  • mushrooms in spinach curry
  • Meanwhile, drain the water from the soaked cashews and then transfer them to a blender along with 3-4 tablespoons water and blend to a smooth cashew paste
  • .white color paste in a blender
  • Once the pressure is released manually after 5 minutes, open the lid and then add in the prepared cashew paste and stir. You can press sauté and let the curry simmer for 1 minutes on sauté after adding the cashew paste. You can adjust the consistency of the curry at this point if you want and add more water
  • .cashew cream being added to spinach puree
  • Add in the crushed kasuri methi and stir. Finally squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Enjoy Palak mushroom with roti or rice!
  • hand showing crushed kasuri methi

Stove-top Instructions

  • Follow the same steps by soaking cashews. Blanch the spinach first for 2-3 minutes until the leaves wilt and then transfer it to a blender along with tomatoes, 3 garlic, ginger, green chili and blend to a paste. Heat a pan on medium heat, add oil and then follow the same steps until cooking the onions. Then add the sliced mushrooms and cook until the mushrooms dry out (they will release a lot of moisture initially). Then add the pureed spinach-tomato mixture and the spices. Stir for 1 minute. Then add 1/2 cup water (or as needed) and cover and cook for 6 to 7 minutes on medium-low heat. Add cashew cream, kasuri methi and lemon juice finally and serve.
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