Paya Instant Pot Recipe


When I was a kid we always eat Paya on special occasions. I, being the pesky little kid would always complain endlessly about it but as I grew older and my tastebuds developed, I really learned to appreciate this delicacy.

It was a real treat for the family because it would literally take my mom hours of cooking this on the stove top. She would lovingly mix the masalas and watch it bubble and boil away. It truly was a labor of love.

Now I really look forward to enjoying Paya but I’m not about the labouring over a hot stove for hours on end. Thanks to the #instantpot I can literally make the most amazing payas in about an hour.

Paya Instant Pot Recipe

This recipe is my moms originally. I just adapted it to suit an instant pot because I really had no desire to spend all day stirring the pot and having the whole house smell of paya. If you are a Paya fan, do check out this recipe and share your thoughts with me when you do. I love hearing from you.


  • 2.5 lbs mutton paya 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1 black cardamom
  • 2 tsp salt 
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 2 tablespoons garlic paste
  • 1 table spoon ginger paste 
  • 1 tablespoon green chilipaste 
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 tsp garam masala 
  • 2 tspcumin powder
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
  • 2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp anise seed 
  • 1.5 cups fried onions 


  • Sauté the mutton paya with 2 bayleaves and 1 black cardamom, salt to taste and 1/2 tsp turmeric powder. Add 6-8cups of water and pressure cook for 40 minutes 
    Natural release 
  • Remove the paya into another bowl and put  the insert back intothe instant pot and turn on the sauté mode and add 2 tbsp oil 
  • Now add 2 tablespoons garlic paste, 1 tablespoon ginger paste and 1tablespoon green chili paste 
    2 tsp garam masala 
    2 tsp cumin powder
    2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder
    2 tsp coriander powder
    1/2 tsp turmeric powder
    1 tsp ginger powder
    1 tsp anise seed 
    Cook for a minute or two then add 1/4 cup water and cook till the oilcomes to the top
  • Add additional salt to taste and the fried onions
  • Cook till the oil comes to the top and then add 1/2 cup of yogurt mixed well with 1 cup of hot water 
  • Keep cooking till oil comes to the top and then pressure cook for 7 minutes more
    Natural release. 
  • Serve with chopped cilantro, sliced ginger and lemon and of course hot, fluffy naan.


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