This instant pot Chickpea Curry recipe is so flavorful, and it’s a quick and easy weeknight meal that is warming and satisfying.

Make the most outrageously delicious Punjabi style Chana Masala at home with simple ingredients, chickpeas, tomato, garlic, and aromatic spices.

As a Jamaican, where our cuisine has lots of Indian influences, I absolutely love a good Indian curry recipe. This chana masala is no exception!

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Originally published on November 7th, 2018.

Instant Pot Chickpea Curry

Note – This recipe is from the Ministry of Curry‘s newly launched book, called The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook. The cookbook is not only available on Amazon but also on Barnes And Noble.

 

Disclaimer –  Reprinted with permission from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook, copyright © 2018 by Archana Mundhe. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

My friend Archana of Ministry of Curry recently approach me about doing a review on her newly published cookbook. I couldn’t turn down such an offer and I knew from day one that I was going to love her cookbook.

It was literally ‘love at first sight’ when I opened the package with her colorful cookbook with its mouthwatering recipes and lots of beautiful photos.

About The Cookbook The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook

The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook contains a collection of 75 simplified Indian recipes for the electric pressure cooker.

This cookbook contains many vegetarian and vegan recipes even though there are meat recipes.  So far I have cooked the curried cauliflower with peas twice, it was so amazing!

  1. The Breakfast section contains many vegetarian recipes that you can easily convert to plant-based recipes by substituting milk for plant-based milk like almond milk.
  2. You can substitute the meat and paneer for tofu, chickpeas, cauliflower. The dishes are so easy to prepare and flavorful.
  3. There is a section for making your own spice blends like sambar powder, garam masala, and Rasam powder.

The Benefits Of Chickpeas

I love adding chickpeas to my meals, and if you haven’t noticed, I have TONS of recipe using chickpeas in an array of different ways. Chickpeas are great staple to always have on hand, because they are a cheap but complete and versatile nutrition source. 

They have protein, fiber, and complex carbohydrates, and what these three components provide your body with is the fuel to function. All three also help you to get full, and stay full.

Chickpeas’ protein content in particular make it a favorite in plant-based diets, and also is featured heavily in diets where meat is not always eaten everyday, such as Indian and Mediterranean cuisines. That’s why I love and eat so many different chickpea curries!

As a side note, I hope it goes without saying: if you are diabetic, please consult your doctor, as they know the nuances of your condition and its particular needs.

On top of being a wonderful source of essential macronutrients, chickpeas also contain many B-complex vitamins and important minerals, such as copper, iron, and magnesium.

Are Chickpeas Keto?

Because chickpeas contain carbohydrates, they are not considered keto unless you eat a small amount, under 20 grams of carbs. If you are eating a keto diet, then you will want to keep this in mind.

However, if you are not on a keto diet, don’t be afraid of the carbohydrate content of chickpeas, indeed in all beans and legumes. They are not simple carbohydrates, similar to sugars, that cause your blood sugar to spike and crash, making you feel drowsy and sluggish.

Complex carbohydrates are in fact essential for your body to run, and you will want to ensure that complex carbs make up the majority of your carb intake. Chickpeas contain resistant starches, meaning that they slow down digestion, lowering the chances of a blood sugar spike. 

Best Instant Pot Chickpea Curry

My Favorite Vegan Chickpea Recipes

My Favorite Recipes from The Essential Indian Instant Pot Cookbook

  • Breakfast – Ginger Almond Oatmeal, Oatmeal With Cardamon And Nuts.
  • Lentil And Beans – Curried Whole Lentils, Black-eyed Peas Curry, Curried Red Kidney Beans
  • Rice – South Indian Rice And Lentils, Cumin Rice, Lemon Rice.
  • Soups And Stews – Vegetable Sweet Corn Soup, Red Lentil Soup With Spinach, Masoor Palak Soup.
  • Vegetarian Curries – Raw Mango Curry, Baby Potatoes in Spicy Masala Sauce, Stuffed Baby Eggplant, Curried Cauliflower With Peas.

Instant Pot Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Curry Recipe

  • Dried Chickpeas
  • Water
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Cumin Seeds
  • Yellow Onion
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ground Coriander
  • Kosher Salt
  • Kashmiri Red Chili Powder
  • Ground Turmeric
  • Plum Tomatoes
  • Garam Masala
  • Fresh Cilantro

How To Make Chickpea Curry?

  1. In a bowl, combine the chickpeas and 2 cups of warm water, and let soak for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Drain the chickpeas and set aside.
  2. Select the high Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat up the oil. Add the cumin seeds directly to the hot oil at the bottom edges of the pot, and cook until they start to sizzle, for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Cover the pot with a glass lid (or another non-locking lid that fits) to speed up the process.
  4. Add the ginger and garlic, and sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the coriander, salt, chili powder, turmeric, and chickpeas, and pour in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir well with a wooden spoon, nudging loose any browned bits from the pot bottom.
  5. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 35 minutes at high pressure.
  6. Let the pressure release naturally; this will take around 10-20 minutes. Open the pot and stir in the garam masala. Select the high Sauté setting and cook until the tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes. Press the cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 119 kcal / 497 kJ
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Protein: 20 g
  • Carbs: 52 g

Cooking Time

  • Preparation: 4 h
  • Cooking: 1 h
  • Ready in: 5 h
  • For:
  • 4 Servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, combine the chickpeas and 2 cups of warm water, and let soak for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Drain the chickpeas and set aside.
  2. Select the high Sauté setting on the Instant Pot and heat up the oil. Add the cumin seeds directly to the hot oil at the bottom edges of the pot, and cook until they start to sizzle, for about 1 minute.
  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Cover the pot with a glass lid (or another non-locking lid that fits) to speed up the process.
  4. Add the ginger and garlic, and sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the coriander, salt, chili powder, turmeric, and chickpeas, and pour in the remaining 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir well with a wooden spoon, nudging loose any browned bits from the pot bottom.
  5. Secure the lid and set the Pressure Release to Sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select the Pressure Cook or Manual setting and set the cooking time for 35 minutes at high pressure.
  6. Let the pressure release naturally; this will take around 10-20 minutes. Open the pot and stir in the garam masala. Select the high Sauté setting and cook until the tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes. Press the cancel button to turn off the Instant Pot. Ladle into bowls, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve.

Notes

Vegan Chickpea Curry

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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.