Learn To Cook Artichoke Heart Biryani With Vasanti Bhadkamkar-Balan This Thursday


oin us for a live cooking demo and chat with Vasanti Bhadkamkar-Balan, creator of Signature Concoctions and author of the newly released cookbook, Authentic Indian Cooking with your Instant Pot. Add the event to your calendar so you don't miss it!

Vasanti will be showing us how to make a variation of the recipe from her cookbook, the Kathal Biryani, spiced rice pilaf with green jackfruit. But instead of the jackfruit, she will be using artichoke hearts as per one of the variations listed for the recipe in her cookbook. To go with it, she will also be showing us how to make the classic yogurt-based salad, Raita, that will be prepared while the rice pilaf is cooking. You can also follow along with the virtual demo and make the recipes along with her if you want!

Ingredients, Equipment and Advance Prep for Artichoke Hearts Biryani Cookalong: 

Serves 4 to 6

Gather and prep all the ingredients and shop for the ones you don't have. 



12 oz thawed frozen hearts (available in WholeFoods or Trader Joe’s)

½ tsp ground turmeric

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp ground coriander

Red chili powder, as needed

1 tbsp (9 g) besan (chickpea flour)

Salt, as needed


1 cups (200 g) uncooked basmati rice

¼ cup (60 ml) neutral oil of choice

2 medium onions, thinly sliced

Salt, as needed

½-inch (1.3-cm) piece fresh ginger, finely grated

2 cloves garlic, finely grated

2 tsp (4 g) biryani masala (available in Indian stores or on Amazon)

1 small tomato, pureed

1 cup (240 ml) water

4 to 5 sprigs fresh cilantro, leaves

roughly chopped, for garnishing



½  cup (120 ml) Greek yogurt

½  cup (120 ml) water

1 tsp ground cumin

Black Indian salt, as needed (optional)

½ tsp sugar

2 to 3 green bird’s-eye chilies, thinly sliced (optional)

8 to 10 sprigs fresh cilantro, leaves roughly chopped

4 to 5 sprigs fresh mint, leaves roughly chopped (optional)


1 small onion, diced small

1 small tomato, diced small

1 mini cucumber or small Persian

cucumber, finely diced


  • Instant Pot
  • Food processor (optional, to puree tomatoes and mince onion)

About Vasanti

Vasanti is a recipe developer, food photographer and a social media influencer. Honoring her Indian heritage and fueled by a culinary passion, she created a popular food blog Signature Concoctions in 2008. She has been formally trained in the techniques of fine cooking, food styling and photography from the Institute of Culinary Education in NYC. Since then she's amassed a 27k+ following on Instagram and runs her own cooking classes in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than a decade. She has been featured on Huffpost, The Beet, The Feedfeed and other food media channels. 

Read more about Vasanti on her website:

Follow Vasanti on Instagram: @signatureconcoctions 

Vasanti launched her debut cookbook on January 25th 2022. 

About the book

AUTHENTIC INDIAN COOKING WITH YOUR INSTANT POT: Classic and Innovative Recipes for the Home Cook

Vasanti Bhadkamkar-Balan

ISBN: 978-1-64567-404-7 · 192 Pages · 

US $22.99 · CAN $29.99

Publication Date: Jan 25, 2022

Link to buy the Paperback + Kindle copies on Amazon

Link to buy the Paperback copy with free shipping globally

Page Street Publishing Co. produces large format, full-color books packed with original photography and is distributed by Macmillan throughout the U.S. 

When Vasanti Bhadkamar-Balan first moved from India to the United States in 2001, she packed her pressure cooker in her suitcase. The beloved kitchen gadget and the delicious cuisine of her home country inspired her first cookbook, AUTHENTIC INDIAN COOKING WITH YOUR INSTANT POT: Classic and Innovative Recipes for the Home Cook (Page Street Publishing, January, 25th, 2022, $22.99/paperback).

The book includes 60 recipes ranging from curries to stews to desserts, as well as unique tips for making the most of your Instant Pot and recommendations for pantry staples. Most of the recipes in the book include suggestions for variations to accommodate dietary restrictions or just a change of pace, stretching the number of possible dishes beyond what’s listed in the table of contents. Whether you’re looking to make traditional dishes like chicken tikka masala and chicken biryani or delectable concoctions like Mithai Cake or Rabdi Pots de Crème, Authentic Indian Cooking provides both the recipes and know-how to anyone looking to whip up delicious Indian food in a fraction of the time.

May 17, 2022

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