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Instant Pot Swiss Chard Saag in white bowl

Swiss Chard Saag

  • Author: Beth
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Indian


Instant Pot Swiss Chard Saag is a savory, quick and easy way to prepare this delicious green side dish. Delicious with any curry or korma, and a great color contrast!  It only takes a few minutes to prep the vegetables and saute them before letting the Instant Pot do the rest.



  • 1 tablespoon ghee
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger

Spice mixture

    • 12 teaspoons salt, to taste
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1/81/4 teaspoon cayenne, adjust to taste
    • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 bunches (about 1 1/2 pounds) Rainbow Chard, rinsed, thick leaf midribs removed and torn or chopped
  • Ghee (or butter), for serving


  1. Press the “saute” button on the Instant Pot and add the ghee.
  2. Once it melts, add the onion to the pot and stir-fry for 3 minutes until just turning golden.
  3. Add the garlic and ginger and cook for another minute.
  4. Stir the spices into the pot and stir-fry for 1 minute until the vegetables are coated.
  5. Add the swiss chard by handfuls, stirring until each part wilts a little and leaves room for more until it’s all added and coated with the seasoning mixture.
  6. Secure the lid, close the pressure valve and cook for 15 minutes at high pressure. Release pressure naturally.
  7. Remove the lid and use an immersion blender to puree the contents of the pot (or pour the contents into a blender and then add the blended mixture back into the pot). You may need to transfer your cooked chard to a smaller container, such as a bowl, so that the immersion blender will actually be immersed in the vegetables. It cooks down a lot!
  8. Serve with ghee.


To make this recipe vegan, substitute olive oil for the ghee.

Keywords: easy side dish, quick vegetable side, indian food, from scratch, chard, vegetarian, vegan option, gluten-free