This Instant Pot Chickpea Curry is a fast & easy weeknight meal that you can throw together in minutes using your electric pressure cooker. I love how flavorful it is!
The Chickpea Curry recipe is 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.
This recipe calls for canned chickpeas to make it as fast as possible, but you can make Instant Pot Chickpeas from scratch before you get started!
If you’re still getting used to your pressure cooker, I’ve got loads of healthy Instant Pot recipes for you to try, all with step-by-step instructions. I know how intimidating the Instant Pot can be when you’re first getting started, so I also walk you through it in my video tutorials.
Also, be sure to check out The Fresh & Healthy Instant Pot Cookbook for recipes that are made easy-to-find whole food ingredients. There’s a photo and nutrition information for EVERY recipe in the book.
Instant Pot Chickpea Curry
- 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
- Preheat the Instant Pot by selecting Sauté.
- 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.
- 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, moving the steam release valve to Sealing.
- Select Manual or Pressure Cook and cook at high pressure for 5 minutes.
- Once cooking is complete, let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. When the screen reads LO:10, you can move the steam release valve to Venting to release any remaining pressure.
- When the floating valve in the lid drops, it's safe to remove the lid. Add the salt, pepper, and lime juice. Stir and taste, adding more salt as needed.
- Top with cilantro leaves and serve over cooked rice. (By the way, you can cook a bowl of rice at the SAME TIME in your Instant Pot with this recipe, using pot-in-pot cooking.)
Per Serving: Calories: 119, Fat: 5g, Carbohydrates: 18g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 2g
This recipe is adapted from The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook.
- 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.
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?
Questions and Reviews
I just orderd my first Instant Pot and am wondering the difference in recipes specifically for the Instant Pot and just for pressure cooker or slow cookers. Love to have the book! Thank you always for sharing all your great recipes.
Looks delicious! Great Instant Pot inspiration. Thank you!
I feel the same way you did, I love my instant lit but I know it has more potential than I’m giving it credit for! Would love to have more recipes specifically for the instant pot!
Love love love my instant pot! Feel like I need a new set of recipes though and this would be a perfect way to kick off back to school meal prep!
Yay instant pot!!
This makes me want to buy an instant pot! Seriously considering it. My friend loves hers! Would love the cookbook too:)
I just got an Instant Pot and have been a little intimidated to use it much so far. Can’t wait to try this recipe, thanks!
OMGoodness! Would love a copy of this book for my new IP!!!
Thanks for the offer!
This looks amazing!
Confession….I bought an Instant Pot quite a while ago, and it’s still in the box! 😳
I must get it out and use it!
Thanks for introducing me to the instant Pot. I love mine and would love more recipes!
Thanks Megan for sharing another awesome recipe! Have you cooked dry chick peas in your instant pot yet? I used your recipe for dry black beans and they turned out perfectly. I would love to be one of the lucky ones chosen for the free book 😄
I enjoyed seeing your guest post on 100 days of real food! Keep up all the great ideas for making healthy eating fun and tasty.
Thanks, I’m glad to hear that! Hope you enjoy the healthy recipes here. 🙂
I am a Canadian fan & follow you on instagram and love your recipes and stories! I just recently got an instant pot from amazon prime days and would love to recieve a free copy of the cookbook!
Looks and smells delicious! I made this tonight for supper and can’t wait to try it! We eat meatless on Fridays, so this will probably will be a regular rotated meal. I made a similar recipe recently and both my husband and four year old liked it. They should enjoy this one too.
I am serving with homemade garlic naan made without yeast instead of rice.
I absolutely agree that one of the hardest things with an Instant Pot is figuring out the cooking times! I think I’ve often doubled or tripled my cooking times, because I just can’t seem to get them right. It drives me batty!
Anyways–the recipe book looks good, and I’d be totally interested in trying out some of these recipes!
I need an Instant Pot just so I can try this recipe.
I plan on trying but don’t have an Instant Pot.
This looks delicious. I think I’m still a little intimidated by my instant pot because I haven’t used it much yet. I’ll have to try this recipe and check out the cookbook.
I am interested in learning more about Instant Pot cooking….this recipe looks so wonderfully delicious!! I do hope to try it soon!! Thanks so much for all of the wonderful recipes you develop and share with us as well as those like this one that you find and share.
I sooo want an instant pot! This dish looks amazing!!! 😋
Love more healthy insant pot recipes! They are hard to find!
It’s because of you I bought an Instant Pot for both my parents and myself and it’s changed our world and we thank you!! 🙌😊
I love that you are giving us Instant Pot recipes and hope to see more as I love every recipe you make (Instant Pot recipe or not)
You are a genius at making easy, delicious good for you recipes Megan!!
Hi Megan, I love all your delicious and easy to prepare recipes. I don’t have an Instant Pot however I am eager to purchase one. I hope to be one of the lucky ones selected for the book! Thanks for all your great ideas!
Megan, you literally changed the way I cook. I am more and more confident in my kitchen as I have learned alot from you! I follow you on instagram and visit your website a few times a day to get healthy recipes! I’d love to get the instant pot cook book for my meal preps and for family dinners!
Keep doing what you’re doing!
Love from Montréal, Canada
Would love more recipes! Delicious!!
this looks amazing. instant pot would be great for hot days and those days you are running late so we can still eat healthy!
I have an Instant Pot and haven’t tried too many recipes yet! Will definitely try this one.
I love how you mention that things like the pressure cooker are intimidating for you at first. That’s how I often feel when I step into the kitchen. Sharing your learning experiences and simple recipes encourages and reminds me to eat a little healthier, even as a busy student. Thanks for all that you do! I’d love to learn more about the pressure cooker!
Looks delicious! I’m a little nervous about the instant pot. Thanks for the stove top recipe option when we’re out on the boat.
I used to freak out on using old pressure cooker, but with Instant Pot, it’s a life changing experience! Only use a few times, but am still in a need of Instant Pot recipes! So this cookbook would be the answer! Since I’m a visual person, I love your recipes with clear instructions and colorful photos ! Many thanks, Megan!
Thanks for your blog, Megan! Would love to own this cookbook!
Although I don’t have an Instant Pot, I’ve made several of the recipes that you created for them on the stove top, and they always turn out great. Thanks for always including detailed instructions for use Luddites! This looks light and delicious for the hot summer months, and if I can track down okra I will definitely give it a try.
So glad you introduced me to the instant pot. i have always been afraid of pressure cookers. Every recipe of yours that I have ever made has turned out, so when you sponsored this items and were providing recipes I knew I could tackle pressure cooking with your guidance and so far so good Love your red lentil recipe
Thanks so much Megan! I have both of your cookbooks and love them! I recently bought an Instant Pot and would love to have some more recipes.
Always love new recipes
Thanks for sharing and thanks for the giveaway!
This recipe looks amazing! Can’t wait to try it out!
I can’t wait to try! Thank you for all of your hard work bringing exciting and delicious recipes…sounds like an other yummy one to try! ❤️
YES PLEASE!!!!!! I would love to be able to find more recipes that get dinner on the table faster!!!!
Thanks so much for the coconut milk yogurt recipe! I now have all the ingredients and am looking forward to giving it a go, using my Instant Pot.
I actually just bought an Instant Pot because my crockpot died & ive heard so much about them. I haven’t even taken it out of the box yet! Help!
This recipe is a good place to start– it’s a fan favorite! https://detoxinista.com/instant-pot-vegan-quinoa-burrito-bowls/
My new goal is to master the Instant Pot. Have progressed from mastering the Slow Cooker/Crock Pot, then decided to take-on the Pressure Cooker, now…I want to do the same with the Instant Pot. Please consider my entry!!!
I can’t wait to get more out of my instant pot. I have your original cookbook & am aiming to eat clean. Thanks!
I am looking forward to trying! We make dal and other Indian dishes in the instant pot.. I’m curious to see what the family thinks about this one!
I’m looking forward to when I have and instant pot. Funds are short right now. Know it is a good investment though.
Would love to try an instant pot. Hoping for a win and trying those recipes in it!! Keep up the great work!
Love trying the recipes. I do not have an Instant Pot but would love to win one to try even more recipes!
My family gave me an Instant Pot for mother’s day and I just used it for the first time this week. I don’t know why I waited so long! I just returned from my local growers market, pulled out my phone to search for Instant Pot recipes and there was this post! School starts in a couple weeks and I know my Instant Pot will ne my best friend as the days will become quite busy. Thank you for sharing healthy Instant Pot recipes. Altbough I do use both of your cookbooks very often as well. Cheers!
I am amazed at the recipes you create using the Instant Pot!! I do not have one yet but am in the process of saving for it. I hope to have one by Christmas. Recently, I made the change to eating clean and vegan. Your recipes have definitely helped. So far, it’s been a wonderful change. I would love to own one of your cookbooks! It would be so useful to me at this stage of my dietary change. Thanks for the opportunity to own one. Take care and keep blogging for us.