How To Boil Potatoes in Pressure Cooker Recipe

Boil potatoes in pressure cooker with skin in just 2 whistles. 10 minute recipe and you only need enough water to get the potato completely submerged.

Written by Maahi Gupta
  By Maahi Gupta          Updated  2 Nov, 16


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Poke knife in one of the potato
Poke knife in one of the potato 

Boiled potatoes are a basic requirement of many recipes which have potato as ingredient. It's an easy process but only for those who know cooking. Novices can really mess it up like my husband did and hence motivated me to share this recipe.

It sounds really easy, but when it comes to real time boiling, things can really go dirty. So, this recipe is dedicated to all who are just about to start their cooking journey.

The total time required to boil potatoes in pressure cooker in about 11 minutes with just 1 minute kept for preparation!

There are many ways of boiling a potato i.e. using an open container or boil in a cooker or use a microwave. We are going to learn the cooker method in this recipe.


  •   750 Gms Potato
  •   1 Liter Water Enough Water so that all the Potatoes are submerged completely in Water

1 min Prep
10 min Cook
Yield  750 gms
Nutrition Facts
How To Boil Potatoes in Pressure Cooker Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0.001g 0%
Saturated Fat 0.0003g 0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.0004g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.00002g
Sodium 0.1mg 0%
Potassium 4mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0.2g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.02g 0%
Sugars 0.01g
Protein 0.02g 0%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 0.01%
Iron 0.04%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Preparing Pressure cooker Prep Time – 1 Minute

  • Ingredients to boil Potatoes in pressure cooker.
    Ingredients for boiling potatoes
    Ingredients for boiling potatoes 
  • Add the Potatoes and 1 liter of Water in a pressure cooker. Make sure that all potatoes are completely submerged in water. If required, add more water. Also, the cooker should be big enough to hold all potatoes. The total water level with potatoes should not be more than 75% of cooker depth.
    Add the Potatoes and 1 liter of Water in a pressure cooker.
    Add the Potatoes and 1 liter of Water in a pressure cooker. 

Boiling Potato Cook time – 10 Minute

  • Cover the lid of the pressure cooker and Keep it on high flame
    Cover the lid of the cooker.
    Cover the lid of the cooker. 
  • One of the question that we are asked most is about the number of whistles for boiling potatoes in pressure cooker. Here is the answer: After 2 whistles on high flame, switch OFF the stove. Do not open the lid of the cooker till it has pressure in it. Let all the steam go OFF on its own.
  • Once steam has vanished, open the lid of the cooker and check whether Potatoes are properly boiled or not.
    Open the lid
    Open the lid 
  • To check: Poke the knife in one of the Potato, if it goes in easily, it means your job is done. Else, they might need some more time on stove. You can safely keep them again on high flame and wait for another whistle and then switch off the stove. Don’t forget to wait for steam to vanish again.
  • In normal conditions, you would not need more than 2 whistles as mentioned in the above step. But, in case the potatoes are really hard or the pressure cooker has old rubber or something else is not working, you may need this one more step of whistle.
  • Boiled Potatoes are ready to use. Peel their skin and they are now ready to be used in potato based recipes. Enjoy.
    Peel Potato skin
    Peel Potato skin 

 Storage and Serving Suggestions

How To Boil Baby Potatoes In Pressure Cooker?

Well, there is no difference between the way we can boil normal potatoes or for that matter any other type of Potato. Hence, you can certainly boil the baby potatoes also using the recipe mentioned above.

Boil Potatoes With Skin?

As you already know by this time, this recipe talks about boiling potatoes with skin. So, you can follow it easily.

Boil Potatoes For Mashed Potatoes or Salad?

Boiling potatoes is a common process for varying recipes including Aloo Tikki, Mashed Potatoes or Salad. The only consideration that might come up although very rare, in some specific recipes is the level of boiling of Potatoes. This can be controlled by increasing and decreasing the boiling time appropriately.

Boil Potatoes For Home Fries?

Generally, you do not need to boil potatoes to make home fries. Fries can be made straight from non-boiled or raw potatoes. But, if your recipe specifically requires the boiled potato, you can use the above recipe with no doubt.Let us know your questions, if any in the comments below.

Basics Recipe

   12 Useful Questions & Answers from comments

  1. anin
    anin 12 Aug, 17 at 4:57 pm

    Thank you so much . earlier when i was boiling potatoes in the pressure cooker they were getting burnt because the potatoes were not fully submerged in water. I did it according to this procedure,turned out well.
    Very useful for beginners in cooking.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 13 Aug, 17 at 12:15 am

      Good to hear that it helped you. Thanks.

  2. Jahnvi Sachan
    Jahnvi Sachan 20 May, 17 at 6:49 pm

    Thanks a lot
    Your article is really simple and easy to understand
    Very helpful 🙂

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 22 May, 17 at 3:25 pm

      You are welcome Jahnvi.

  3. Shivam Verma
    Shivam Verma 20 Feb, 15 at 5:11 am

    Thanks a lot, with these boiled potatoes, I prepared Sabudana Khichdi and it is really good.

    • Anil Gupta
      Anil Gupta 20 Feb, 15 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Shivam,
      You are welcome

  4. ranjani
    ranjani 25 Aug, 14 at 2:44 pm

    this is really useful for novices like me 🙂 🙂 🙂 keep up maahi gupta. I appreciate ur work

    • Maahi
      Maahi 25 Aug, 14 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks a lot Ranjani.
      I am really glad to know that this recipe helped you.
      Hope you try some more recipes and enjoy them too.

  5. Thomas
    Thomas 27 Nov, 13 at 2:47 pm

    Thank you from a bachelor in Kerala.I just made my potatoes and it turned out well.Most blogs assume that one knows how to do and go directly to the actual recipe.

    • Maahi
      Maahi 27 Nov, 13 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks a lot Thomas. Your appreciation means a lot to us. Keep reading and keep cooking.

  6. $@P$
    $@P$ 29 Apr, 13 at 9:09 am

    thanks … much required.. as alone in house

    • Maahi
      Maahi 29 Apr, 13 at 4:51 pm

      Thanks a lot for watching and writing in.
      Hope it works for you when u need it.