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.
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Thank you for all the delicious recipes! Your website and cookbooks have had such a great impact on my health (as well as my husband’s)! I purchased the instant pot after reading how much you loved it and look forward to more recipes that use the magic pot that makes cooking and planning so much easier! Thanks again!!
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This looks DELICIOUS. I love the use of chickpeas- I’m on a plant based protein kick and have been loving it! Team pulses! Can’t wait to try this one out. Thanks for sharing!
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More recipes with beans and lentils please.
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I would love a book with some great new recipes!
I love my instant pot and yes its perfect for those hot days when you dont want to use the stove or oven and end up heating the house. The recipe looks delicious, although I’d omit the corn.
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We took our instant pot on vacation because we could do everything with this one appliance: saute, cook rice, pressure cook meat. It was wonderful!
So far, traditional Carribbean rice and beans has been the best thing I’ve made in it. I almost always burned the rice in the pot when I made it on the stove. The instant pot make the rice and beans perfectly tender with zero chance of burning.
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