Instant Pot Tempeh and Kale Curry

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What Started it all:
Tempeh, Kale, black pepper, instant pot

This delicious and nutritious Indian-inspired curry combines the earthy flavors of tempeh and the vibrant taste of kale, all brought together with a medley of spices. Cooking this in an Instant Pot ensures a quick and easy meal that’s perfect for a weeknight dinner.


  • 200g tempeh, cubed
  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-inch piece of ginger, grated
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 tsp black pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. Prepare the Instant Pot: Set the Instant Pot to 'Sauté' mode and add the olive oil. Allow it to heat up for a minute.
  2. Cook the Aromatics: Add the cumin seeds and let them sizzle for about 30 seconds until fragrant. Then add the chopped onion, garlic, and ginger. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  3. Add the Tomatoes and Spices: Add the chopped tomatoes to the pot and cook until they start to break down, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in the turmeric powder, coriander powder, black pepper, and salt. Cook for another minute to let the spices bloom.
  4. Add Tempeh and Kale: Add the cubed tempeh and chopped kale to the pot. Stir well to coat them with the spice mixture.
  5. Add Liquid: Pour in the coconut milk and vegetable broth. Stir to combine all the ingredients.
  6. Pressure Cook: Close the Instant Pot lid and set the valve to 'Sealing'. Select the 'Pressure Cook' or 'Manual' mode and set the timer for 5 minutes on high pressure.
  7. Release Pressure: Once the cooking time is up, let the pressure release naturally for 5 minutes, then carefully do a quick release.
  8. Finish and Serve: Open the lid and stir in the garam masala. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

This Instant Pot Tempeh and Kale Curry is a perfect blend of flavors and textures, offering a wholesome and satisfying meal. Serve it with basmati rice or naan for a complete Indian dining experience. Enjoy the richness of the spices and the health benefits of tempeh and kale in every bite!

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