I’ve been using my electric pressure cooker (Instant Pot) recently and I love the all-in-one options it provides. From Indian to International, Soups to Curries, Yogurt to Desserts, the Instant Pot makes it simple, consistent and delicious. Use of my stove and pots and pans are much lesser these days! This below recipe is for Cauliflower soup. With very little butter/oil, and no dairy, the soup still is creamy, velvety and scrumptious, and one of my favs!
1 large head cauliflower – broken down to florets
1 large red onion, diced to chunks
2 green chillies- slit open (optional, if you prefer no heat)
5 cloves of garlic
1″ piece ginger – rough chopped
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1 tbsp butter (optional)
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tsp kosher salt (lesser if using fine table salt)
InstantPot/Electric Pressure Cooker Method:
Set the pressure cooker to sauté mode. (if your using a stove top, just use a soup pot or dutch oven for all the below steps)
Add butter + olive oil. In about 10 seconds butter will begin to melt. Add garlic, ginger, chillies, sauté for 20 seconds, add chopped onions. Sauté for about 3 minutes. Add rosemary, cumin and coriander powder, sauté for until the onions have softened, even a bit roasted.
Add cauliflower florets, salt and mix together. Let sit in sauté mode for 2 minutes. Fill water just enough to submerge the florets.
Turn off sauté mode.
Put the lid on, seal vent, set to manual high pressure 8 minutes. As you can see from my pics, since it was a large cauliflower, in the pot I had veggies + water almost filling the 9 cup mark in the inside pot.
FYI: To reach the pressure and start the 8 min cooking, it took almost 11 more minutes.
Once manual 8 mins is complete, let natural release for 10 more minutes , then QR.
If your using a stove top, you would follow the same steps of adding liquid water/stock, cover and simmer for at least 35-40 mins, till the veggies are tender.
I used a vitamix to blend the soup. You could just use a hand blender to blend in the pot, or use any regular blender. I am a vitamix groupie, it makes the creamiest textured soups without any dairy additions.
Serve with a dash of lemon juice, and some chopped cilantro and enjoy deliciously velvety soup!