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Chickpea Curry served with parathas, lemon wedge and sliced onions
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Instant Pot Easy Chana Masala

Quintessential Indian soul food, this chana masala recipe homemade garam masala for authentic punjabi flavors
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Soaking Time4 hrs
Total Time5 hrs 10 mins
Course: dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 4
Calories: 277kcal



  • 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. 
  • Select the high saute setting on the Instant Pot and heat the ghee. Add the cumin seeds directly to the hot oil and cook until they start to sizzle, about 1 minute. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Cover the pot with a glass lid to speed up the process. Add the ginger and garlic and saute until aromatic, about 1 minute. Add the coriander, salt, chili powder, turmeric and chickpeas; pour in the 1.5 cups water; and stir well with a wooden spoon nudging loose any browned bits from the pot bottom.
  • Secure the lid and set the pressure release to sealing. Press the Cancel button to reset the cooking program, then select pressure cook/manual(hi) and set the cooking time to 35 minutes.
  • Allow natural pressure release. Open the Instant Pot and stir in the tomatoes and garam masala. Select the high saute setting and cook until the tomatoes soften, about 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro 
  • Serve with hot parathas or puri. For gluten-free options serve with jeera rice or steamed rice.



Vegan Variation: Substitute oil for the ghee. 
  1. Use 1 teaspoon Kashmiri red chili powder for a milder curry, or 2 teaspoons for a spicier curry.
  2. Organic or older beans may need an extra 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time. 


Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1216mg | Potassium: 622mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 900IU | Vitamin C: 12.3mg | Calcium: 88mg | Iron: 4.1mg
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