Vegan Chickpea Curry (in the Instant Pot!)

This post is sponsored by Rockridge Press

When I first bought my Instant Pot a couple years ago, I had NO IDEA what to make in it. In fact, for the first year I think I only used it for cooking quinoa and plain chicken. I definitely wasn’t using it to its full potential.

Eventually I got braver, branching out into making coconut milk yogurt, cooking black beans from scratch, and even making one-pot burrito bowls. But, I could still use some fresh ideas, which is why I happily accepted a complimentary copy of The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook, by Laurel Randolph.

This cookbook is packed with 100+ recipes all exclusively designed for the Instant Pot. I get some of my best recipe ideas from traditional cookbooks like this one. It’s not necessarily a “healthy cookbook” in the sense that some of the recipes do call for white sugar or pasta, but a lot of the recipes are centered around whole foods, like the vegan Chickpea Curry recipe I’m sharing below.

The recipes in this book range from breakfast porridges, to vegetable sides, to some vegetarian main entrees, to more traditional meat-based entrees, to some pressure cooker desserts made with real sugar. Though you might need to make a few substitutions here and there, I like that the pressure cooking times are all set out for me— figuring that part out can be the trickiest part of cooking in an electric pressure cooker!

For example, the recipe for this Vegan Chickpea Curry calls for a tablespoon of sugar in the book, but I decided to use maple syrup instead. It’s a totally easy swap.

A few other whole food recipes from the book include:

  • Eggplant & Roasted Red Pepper Dip, Page 35
  • Quick Zucchini Ratatouille, Page 38
  • Refried Beans, Page 55
  • Red Beans and Rice, Page 59
  • Vegan Black Bean Soup, Page 70
  • Thai-Style Corn Chowder, Page 73
  • Veggie Chili, Page 84
  • Vegetable Stock (a great way to use up leftover veggie scraps!), Page 141

The Chickpea Curry recipe below comes from the Instant Pot® cookbook, and it’s one of the first curry recipes I’ve made that doesn’t call for any sort of cream or dairy-substitute, like coconut milk. It’s a lighter, tomato-based curry that’s full of flavor and happens to be super simple to make. I hope you’ll enjoy it!

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Vegan Chickpea Curry
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This Vegan Chickpea Curry make a fast vegetarian dinner, especially when cooked in an electric pressure cooker like the Instant Pot. 

Course: Main Course
Servings: 6
Calories: 119 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion , diced
  • 1 small green bell pepper , diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves , minced
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas , rinsed and drained
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can crushed or diced tomatoes (with juice)
  • 1 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup sliced okra
  • 1 cup packed kale leaves
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting Sauté.


  2. Once hot, add the oil and onion and stir. Cook for 4 minutes until the onion is translucent and starting to brown. Add the bell pepper and garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. 

  3. Add the curry powder and stir. Cook for 30 seconds before adding the chickpeas, tomatoes with juice, corn, okra, kale, broth, and maple syrup. Stir and secure the lid.

  4. Select Manual and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.

  5. Once cooking is complete, use a natural release.

  6. Add the salt, pepper, and lime juice. Stir and taste, adding more salt as needed.

  7. Top with cilantro leaves and serve over cooked rice. 

Recipe Notes:

  • Feel free to use any veggies you prefer or need to use up in your fridge– I imagine that you could use practically any vegetable you like. I personally don’t care for the texture of okra, so I used frozen peas instead.
  • I served this curry with jasmine rice that I also cooked in the Instant Pot. To make it, I combined 1 cup dry rice with 1.25 cups of water and used the “Rice” setting. (12 minutes at low pressure.)
  • As always, if you make a substitution to this recipe, please leave a comment below letting us know what worked for you, so we can all benefit from your experience.

Stove Top Directions:

Don’t have an Instant Pot? You can make this curry on the stove by simply sautéing the onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in the rest of the ingredients, as directed above, then bring the liquid to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover to let the flavors mingle for 15 minutes. Remove the lid, add in the salt, pepper, and lime juice, and serve over rice.

Giveaway

If you’d like to try some more Instant Pot recipes from this book, the publisher has offered to send 3 of my readers a free copy! Simply leave a comment below this post as your entry.

Entry rules: Open to residents in the USA and Canada only; entry period will end on Wednesday, August 9th at 11:59 PST. I’ll contact the winners via email.

Reader Feedback: If you’ve already been cooking with the Instant Pot, what has been your favorite recipe so far? Any requests for future Instant Pot recipes?

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Comments

Joanna K.

I have an Instapot and have not used it in over three years. I never had very good success. It was in a box for three years up north and then we had to move back to the south in a home we owned in April.. It is sitting on the bottom rack of my baker’s rack and would absolutely LOVE to have a cookbook to help me get started using it again and having success stories to share.

Thank you!

Michelle

I loved the Chickpea Curry recipe from above. I added 1/2 cup of coconut milk and a 2 tsp of Red Curry paste. It was delicious.

Laura

Love this recipe!

Patricia Stewart

This it exactly what I have been looking for. I’m making this tonight. I also have an instant pot that I used once or twice. I bought it because of the fast cooking times and one pot features that make cooking a breze.
I an also trying to eat better and was looking for a coconut free recipe for curry. I loved your suggestion about using the vegetables you like or have on hand.

Sharon

This recipe looks delicious! On my list to make.

Shirleen

I received an instant pot for my birthday and have been scouring for recipes to use in it. The curry looks delicious cant wait to try it! (No okra fans here either!)

Deana

Thanks for this Megan! I love my Instant Pot and am always looking for delicious recipes for it. It makes cooking so quick and easy.. Will definitely make this chickpea curry with your pea substitution. I hope I win a cookbook 🙂

Susan Heller

I am making this recipe now. I love curry recipes and had just finished prepping veggies for a stir fry when I saw your recipe. I didn’t have a green pepper so substituted with a yellow pepper. No okra either. So I used zucchini. I made the rice first. Hubby walked in the door and dinner was ready in less than 15 minutes. He loves chick peas so he was smiling before his first bite. . . and smiled even bigger after his first bite. We agree – DELICIOUS and healthy.

Amy

This recipe looks great! I can’t wait to make it and I would LOVE to win a copy of the Instant Pot cookbook. I need some Instant (pot) Inspiration!!! 🙂

Kylie

Do you have a substitution recipe for cooking the Vegan Chickpea Curry on the stove? I love your recipes but find some of them you need an instant Pot, which I don’t own.

natalie

I think it is great to have a cookbook for the Instant pot that will give you all the settings, what a time saver! I have learned from all my years of cooking from “scratch” that most recipes can be changed or are adaptable to your personal preference and dietary needs – this is what changes a home cook to a home chef! I can’t wait to try the curry recipe – thank you. I use both of your cookbooks often and change herbs or ingredients to make the dish a better fit for my family (some people can be picky, but I give them credit for at least trying new food). Off topic – we made the PB bars/fudge with the chocolate/carob powder drizzle – they are best left in the freezer and eaten while frozen, they simply melt into a silky sweet & salty confection. I nice sweet treat to pop in your mouth before bed!

Carolyn

I am retired and have wanted to get an instant pot for quite a while. I remember the old pressure cookers & think I would love the pot. I received your cook books from my son & daughterin law for my birthday & love them. Thanks for all you do to help us be healthy!

Carolyn

I forgot to include that I’d love to be chosen to win a cookbook for the instant pot. I need a quicker and easier way to cook healthy.

Darcy

I chuckled to see this recipe because I just bought an Instant Pot and I thought to myself, “I really wish Detoxinista had recipes for this thing!” And here we are! I would love to have a cookbook in order to learn how to use it!

Elizabeth King

I would love to win a copy of this cookbook.I still don’t use my instant to it’s full advantage.

Sharon Johnstone

I have only ever heard horror stories about pressure cookers. Like exploding and leaving stuff all over the ceiling. I presume they have improved over the last years?

Joyce Spicer

Really yummy! Have been using garbonzos for a long time but this will be added to my list of repeats! Am a new GF cook[because of health issues] and have been very frustrated trying to figure out what to fix. Recipes like this help me so much! Thank you!

Bianca T

oh i would loveee more instantpot ideas!`

Joanna

Cant wait to try this recipe. Thanks for subbing syrup for sugar.

Stacy

I am excited to try this. I only recently bought my instant pot and am excited to make simple, healthy recipes in it. Thanks for sharing this!

Susan

I bought my Instant Pot not too long ago and absolutely love It! I’m always looking for recipes to try with my Instant Pot. Would love to see more recipes☺

Jenny

One question, is it 2 cans of tomatoes? Nit sure if that’s a typo? Thanks! Would love to win a cookbook!

Nicole

The recipes on that book look great. Thank you for promoting so many great vegan-friendly meals.

Julie

I have been tantalized by someday getting an instant pot for some time now, but in the meantime, have enjoyed making the recipes you post in the “conventional” method. Both my husband and I enjoy curry and I look forward to making this new recipe. It looks fabulous!!

Tara

This recipe looks great. I’ve used my instant pot to make curry before and it has always turned out well. I’ve only used it for a few other things like beans and stock, so having a recipe book would be wonderful.

Stacey Emerson

I love my Instant Pot! I purchased one for each of my daughters also. This cook book would be a wonderful addition!

Tommy M

This looks great! I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. Thank you!

Kelly Warner

I just got an Instant Pot!! I’m excited to use it and this recipe looks yummy! I’d love to get some more wonderful recipes. I’ve loved all of the recipes I’ve tried of yours! Thanks for sharing!

Samantha

YUM! Was searching for an easy curry recipe and yours are wonderful! I just bought your other two recipe books. Thanks for making the kitchen fun again!!

Debi

I love my instant pot. Can’t wait to try this recipe

Nathalie

This looks delicious! Would love to win the giveaway!

Kelly Gonzales

It would be nice to include traditional cooking directions as well for those of us who haven’t won the instantpot yet. Thanks

    Megan Gilmore

    I just added Stove Top directions at the bottom of this post for you. Hope you enjoy it!

Heather Anne

I am new to instant pot and would love some direction! This recipe looks fresh and easy and delicious! Thanks for the ideas!

Jenifer

Looks delicious! I’ve always wanted to try out a pressure cooker but have been intimidated by horror stories I have heard. Would love your cookbook to get me going in the right direction!

Debbie Forrester

The Thai-Stlye Corn Chowder sounds delicious!

Cristina

My husband and I recently started a vegan diet and this book would help us out so much with great inspiration for yummy meals….plus we love the InstaPot 🙂

Mylene

I love my instant pot. I’m always looking for new healthy recipes to try. This cookbook would definitely be appreciated. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful recipes.

Samantha

This looks delish and easy enough, I’ll be buying ingredients and making this, this weekend. I’d love to win the cookbook for some instapot inspiration!! I haven’t ventured to try many recipes besides cooking a boat load of chickensnd turkey for meal prep and fluffy rice. I need to get adventurous!!

Jen

I’ve always wanted to get in instant pot cooking but I never knew what to cook! Thank you for the recipe ideas!! Hope to see more! 🙂

Lisa

I just bought an instapot and excited to try new recipes!

Wanda

I have recently taken meat out my diet. Now only vegetables, fruit and legumes. I love to have this book and try the various recipes. Thank you.

Kyla

I just bought an instant pot a couple weeks ago. I’m looking forward to trying the recipes you have posted, but a cookbook full of ideas would be great too.

Tammy

I’m looking forward to trying this curry recipe! Thanks, Megan!

Traci

I can’t wait to try this! I’m always looking for more recipes for the Instant Pot.

Sara

This recipe looks deliscious! I would love a copy of this book as I am still getting familiar with my instant pot and would love to be able to make some amazing vegan dishes!

Bev Phillips

There seem to be different choices for instant pots. What size do you use? Is the liner stainless steel or ceramic? 7-1? Thanks!

Charlotte Ackerman

I’m excited to make this soon!! 🙂 🙂 And having the book would make me want to use my instant pot more often.

Kathy

Heard sooo many good things about the Instant Pot…will need to pave the way for my Christmas wish list…starting out with this cookbook!!

Andrea

I’m always looking for different curry combinations. This looks great and a little different (I’ve never seen corn in a curry dish before!)

Paige o

I really need to buy an instapot as my husband and I both get home from work and want dinner fast! The cookbook would def make us buy one 🙂

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