Instant Pot Channa Masala|Punjabi Chole|Chickpea Curry is one-pot healthy ,protein-rich ,vegan and gluten free recipe cooked in a spicy, flavorful onion-tomato gravy along with few spices.
It is also one of the most widely eaten dishes in India and is one of the most popular street foods. This one-pot recipe for the authentic Chana Masala can be made in the Instant Pot or using any Indian Pressure Cooker.Serve with hot with Bathura ,pooris, jeera rice ,chapatis, roti & parathas.
CHICKPEAS HEALTH BENEFITS
Chickpeas also known as garbanzo beans, or Bengal Grams, or Egyptian Peas are highly nutritious which contain rich source of plant based protein ,vitamins, minerals and fiber.
HOW TO COOK CHICKPEAS WITHOUT SOAKING? WHAT IF I FORGOT?
Ideally you want to soak chickpeas for 4+ hours or overnight, which makes them absorb water and will cook faster.If you forget, cook them in the instant pot for longer, about 40 minutes at high pressure.Other trick is to soak the chickpeas in hot water for atleast an hour. Then use them in the recipe.Depending on how old the chickpeas are cooking time may vary.
The amount of water listed in my recipe is what’s needed for soaked chickpeas. Dried chickpeas absorb a lot of water so if you don’t soak them in advance, the proportion of chickpeas to water will not be correct.
Also, legumes contain indigestible complex sugars that cause gas and hard on tummies and can cause digestive issues like bloating .Therefore, soaking and sprouting the dried beans is an excellent way to reduce the uneasiness produced by them.
CAN I USE CANNED CHICKPEAS?
Absolutely! Canned chickpeas work really well in the recipe and there is no difference in flavor as well. However using dry chickpeas are healthier, contains less sodium, no preservatives and they are cheaper.Drain the canned chickpeas and rinse them before using.
For canned chickpeas PRESSURE COOK/MANUAL for 10 minutes (HIGH PRESSURE) in the Instant pot and for 2 whistles if using Indian stovetop pressure cooker.Reduce amount of water while cooking accordingly.
WILL THE COOKING TIME CHANGE IF I HALF OR DOUBLE THE QUANTITY?
No, cooking time will remain same if you half or double the quantity.
CAN I FREEZE CHICKPEA CURRY?
You sure can! Separate it in to freezer containers with some rice and pop them in your freezer for a quick and easy meal. Just add some fresh cilantro/coriander leaves before serving.
IS CHICKPEA CURRY VEGAN?
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Chana Masala or Chole is one-pot healthy protein-rich vegan and gluten free recipe cooked in a spicy, flavorful onion-tomato gravy along with few spices.
- 1 cup dry chickpeas (chole/garbanzo beans)
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 medium tomato (i made tomato puree)
- 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
- 2 green chilles
- 1/2 tsp cumin (jeera) seeds
- 1 bay leaf (tej patta)
- 1 tsp coriander powder
- 1 tbsp chana or chole masala
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
- salt to taste
- 1 tsp amchur powder (dry mango powder) or juice of half lemon
- 2 tbsp cilantro (coriander leaves)
- 1 tsp dried kasuri methi (optional)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tbsp oil
Soak chole(Chickpeas) for at least 4+ hours or overnight.Drain water and keep aside.
Press SAUTE mode on Instant Pot. Add oil in to the POT.
Once POT is hot add cumin seeds ,bay leaf, onions ,ginger garlic paste and saute until onions turn light brown for 3-4 minutes.
Next add tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the spices red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chole masala powder ,coriander powder and chickpeas, salt and water for cooking. Stir well.
Close the lid on the pot, and turn valve from VENTING to SEALING position.Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.
Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set timer to 15 minutes.
Do a NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR)(Wait until silver button on lid drops).BE CAREFUL OF THE HOT STEAM.
Remove lid away from you, add amchur powder, kasuri methi and garnish with cilantro.Mix well. Dont worry if the curry is too liquid consistency.Just turn on SAUTE mode again and boil the curry for 5 minutes or until you get desired consistency.
Channa or Chole Masala is ready, serve with hot with Bathura ,pooris, chapatis, roti & parathas.
Take a Pressure cooker ,add oil in to it.Once hot add Bay leaf, onions and saute until onions turn light brown for 3-4 minutes.
Next add tomato puree and cook for 2-3 minutes.
Add the spices red chilli powder, turmeric powder, chole masala powder ,coriander powder and Drain the chickpeas soaking water. Add chickpeas ,salt and water for cooking. Stir well.
Close the lid ,place a whistle and cook for 4-5 whistle on medium flame
Switch off the flame and let the pressure from the cooker release naturally
Open lid and add amchur powder, kasuri methi and garnish with cilantro.Mix well.Dont worry if the curry is too liquid consistency.Just turn on turn on the gas again and boil the curry until you get desired consistency.
Channa or Chole Masala is ready, serve with hot with Bathura ,pooris, jeera rice ,chapatis, roti & parathas.
1.If you want thicker gravy you can mash chickpeas a bit.
2.If you do not have amchur (dry mango powder) then replace with 1 tablespoon of lime juice.
3.You can use any Chole masala brand available in Indian grocery store or amazon.I always use Everest Chole Masala.
4.I have prepared this dish in my electric pressure cooker, Instant Pot DUO60 6 QT
Canned Chickpeas:”Pressure Cook/Manual” High for 8-10 minutes or 2 whistles for stovetop indian pressure cooker.Add water appropriately as it takes less water for cooking.
Canned tomatoes: Canned tomatoes can be used to replace fresh tomatoes. Use 1 cup canned tomatoes to replace fresh tomatoes.
Spices: If you don’t find chole masala, Then dry roast below spices and blend together and store in an airtight container.
- 1 tablespoon Dry Pomegranate Seeds (Anardana) (optional)
- 3 tablespoon Coriander powder
- 1 tablespoon Cumin seeds (Jeera)
- 6 Green Cardamom
- 2 teaspoon Black pepper
- 10 teaspoon Cloves
- 3-4 pieces Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Red chilli powder
- 1 teaspoon Black salt (kala namak) .
OR, replace them with 1.5 tablespoons Curry Powder. This will change the flavour, but it’ll be close.
Note:Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.