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Instant Pot Chickpea Curry with Spinach (Chana Saag)

Chickpeas and Spinach Curry in an onion tomato sauce cooked with Indian spices, it's tasty and so easy to make in Instant.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chana saag
Diet Gluten-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Method Instant Pot/Pressure Cooker, Stovetop
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 198kcal
Author Bhavana Patil


Measuring cup used 1 cup = 250ml

Dry Spices


  • Soak chole (chickpeas) for at least 4+ hours or overnight. Drain water and keep aside.

Instant Pot Method:

  • Press SAUTE on Instant Pot. Add oil, once it's hot add cumin seeds, bay leaf and let the cumin splutter.
  • Then add onions, minced ginger and garlic and saute until onions for 3-4 minutes or till they turn light brown.
  • Next add tomato puree and the spices like red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Lastly add soaked chickpeas, water and salt. Stir well.
  • Close the Instant Pot with pressure valve to Sealing. Cook on High Pressure for 35 minutes. Once the pot beeps, let it release the pressure naturally (NPR) for 10 minutes.
  • Remove lid away from you, add spinach, amchur powder, and give a quick stir. Turn on the Saute again and boil for 2 minutes till the spinach wilts.
  • Chana Saag is ready, serve with hot rice, chapatis, roti & parathas.

Stovetop Pressure Cooker Method

  • Follow the steps from the instant pot instructions. Give 6-7 whistles on medium flame and let the pressure release naturally. All the other steps remain the same.



Spinach and Chickpea Curry Variations

  • You can add hearty veggies of your choice like carrots, sweet potatoes, bell pepper, squash, and green leafy veggies like kale, mustard green instead of spinach, or a mix of all three.
  • If you don't have dry spices mentioned in this recipe, you can replace them with 1.5 tablespoons of curry powder instead.
  • If you want thicker gravy you can mash chickpeas a bit.
  • If you do not have amchur (dry mango powder) then replace it with 1 tablespoon of lime juice.
Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 70mg | Potassium: 701mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3316IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 4mg