Instant Pot Chick Pea Curry

Chick pea curry is also called as Chana Masala or Chole.  This curry is popular in India which has rich in flavors.

Soak the chickpeas overnight, and discard the water that the beans have soaked in before cooking. This will help for easy digestion.


    • 1 cup Chick peas (soaked overnight)
    • 2 tsp oil
    • 2 tsp butter
    • 1 tsp cumin seeds
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 3 cups of water
    • 2 cups of chopped onion
    • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic minced/paste
    • 3 Serrano pepper/ green chilies
    • 1 cup chopped tomato
    • Salt to taste
    • 1/4 cup cream (optional)
    • Cilantro chopped
    • Spices:
      • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
      • 1 tsp Red Chili Pepper Powder (Adjust to taste)
      • 2 tsp Coriander/ Dhaniya Powder
      • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
    • Tadka/ Tempering:
      • 1 Bay Leaf
      • 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
      • Curry leaves (optional)

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    • Soak the chick peas overnight and drain the water.
    • Turn on the instant pot saute mode.  When it is hot, add oil and butter. 
    • Add cumin seeds, bay leaf, and curry leaves. 
    • Add chopped onions, green Serrano pepper and minced ginger-garlic.  Saute until it turns into golden brown, which will enhance the flavor.
    • Add chopped tomato, saute for 2 minutes.
    • Add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder and salt.  Quick stir.
    • Add soaked and cleaned chick peas , mix it all together for a minute.
    • Add 3 cups of water.  Close the lid with sealing position.
    • Cancel Saute mode, Set bean mode/30 minutes high pressure.
    • Open the lid after natural pressure release.
    • Garnish with chopped cilantro and cream(optional) .
    • Yummy Chick pea curry is ready to eat.