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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Questions and Reviews
Another winning recipe! I used fresh tomatoes instead of canned because my neighbor gave me a “peck” of tomatoes last night. Turned out yummy! Will make again! Thank you for posting tasty veggie recipes Megan!
Your recipes look delicious, as always. I look forward to making your burrito bowl. You asked what I enjoy from my Instant Pot, this recipe is easily converted to the Instant Lot and is absolutely delicious. It’s well worth sourcing the Camellia brand red beans, they bring this to the sublime. http://www.cilantroandcitronella.com/vegan-red-beans-and-rice/. I added a quart of broth and a couple cups of water, soaked beans overnight, 25 mins pressure, natural release.
I treated myself to ONE Amazone Prime Day item and it was the Instant Pot. Oh, how I love my IP! I scour the internet for recipes, and would love to add your book to my cookbook shelf!
We bought an instant pot to make healthy foods and it has been sitting in the cabinet collecting dust. I can’t wait to try these recipes now!
Love my instant pot and your cookbook. So excited to try the coconut yogurt
Aw, thanks! I hope you enjoy the yogurt. 🙂
Love your recipes and appreciate that you are always looking for ways to save time and money! Thank you!
Your detox cookbook has been essential to helping me keep family meals healthy! My picky eaters have a fav – alfredo. So yummy!
I literally just purchased an Instapot last night. I woke up this morning feeling worried about using it to its fullest potential and being unsure how. So I look forward to getting help from the Instapot cookbook!!!
Thank you for helping the rest of us in the kitchen!!
I love how you make instant pot recipes that make it so much less intimidating!
Would love to win a cookbook! Can’t wait to make this recipe. My 83 yr old dad needs more good protein and veggies in his diet!
What instapot do you recommend?
How do I find a good dietician or nutritionist that advises clean eating in OK? He could use a class in easy to cook meals or pre-prepared type items. Thanks!!!
This is the Instant Pot I use and love: http://amzn.to/2vt00Ap
In regards to finding a nutritionist, I’d start with a Google search and see if you can find any good reviews. Or if your dad likes to read books, I really love “How Not to Die” by Dr. Michael Gregor for some research-based diet advice. And if you have one of my cookbooks, that might be a good start with some easy vegetable recipes that actually taste good. 😉
I’m a newbie to the instant pot…. so winning a free cookbook of recipes would help me become more confident with this type of cooking. Needing recipes that taste great, and healthy at the same time!!!!!
Tried this yesterday with black-eyed peas I had previously cooked in the instant pot. Turned out yum. Thanks for the recipes!
I would absolutely love to win this! Thanks for the opportunity!
I just recently purchased my instant pot and look forward to trying this and all of your delicious recipes that can be made in the instant pot. I’d love a copy of the cookbook.
I just got your 2 cookbooks and would love to add this cookbook to my collection. Loving the recipes I’ve tried so far. Thank you.
My friends have been obsessing over their Instant Pots, so I’d love to try one!
Recently got an Instapot and I’m always looking for new recipes. Thank you!
I love my Instant Pot, but do need more recipes! A cookbook would be awesome1
This looks amazing. I make curried vegetables often but not with lime. Maple syrup is a must. You can use honey but it is in no way equal with the Curry pairing
I just recently got an Instant Pot and I am still learning how to use it. I have your other two books and really love your recipes. I have made many of them. Healthy and tasty I am sure your new book will have more great recipes in it. Thank you for always sharing your wonderful recipes 🙂
Which instant pot did you get and why? I see that there are several types and I am not sure which one to order. Thanks.
I got the Instant Pot IP-Duo60. 6 Qt 7-in-1 Multi-Use Programmable Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker. off of Amazon. I was fortunate it was on special the day I bought it. It goes on sale frequently. I bought the 6 quart because it was cheaper on sale than the 3 quart but I wish now I would have bought the 3 qt. It is just my hubby and I and the 6 is way to big. Going to watch for the 3 quart to go on sale and probably give the 6 quart to one of my children.
Tracey sorry for spelling your name wrong. Also the reason I bought it is because of the many functions and I had read a ton of reviews from many people saying how much they liked it.
Thank you for sharing all your wonderful and delicious recipes with us….I can’t wait to try the coconut milk yogurt!
Always looking for new recipes! Thanks!
Your recipes + cookbooks are delicious and simple. Perfect for families or individuals that want and try to nurture themselves. Thank you for making the kitchen less intimidating and actually fun!
I love all of your recipes and I am a new clean eater so I read all of your recipes. I appreciate your ability to educate me and to enlighten me. I have learned so much.
I would love to win an Instant Pot! Your recipes have become my weekly staples for feeding my family of seven, and your sweet treats have become the new standard for my kids. Thank you for what you do!!!
Would love to have this amazing gift. ❤️
I hope I win! Haven’t used my instant pot yet😀
I don’t have an Instant Pot but I have two daughters-in-law who both own one. I’d love to win the book to give to one of them. Of course I’d need to purchase another copy of the book for the other daughter-in-law! This recipe looks delicious! Thanks for the stove top directions.
Megan, thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes. I do not have my instant pot yet but in a matter of a month I will. God bless you! You are simply amazing:)
Got my instant pot on prime day- so far I love it! Can’t wait to try new recipes.
I always enjoy your newsletter. The burrito bowl looks awesome-can’t wait to try! Thanks for the chance to win!
Thanks for sharing these recipes. I would love more recipes to use with it. Thanks for the giveaway.
Thank you for the opportunity!
Can’t wait to get an instant pot and try all these out!
I bought my Instant because I first saw it on your website! I have been following your website for years and have tried so many of your recipes and just knew I had to have one if Detoxinista was using one and posting the recipes for it! Thank you so much for your recipes. I love my Instant Pot and convinced 3 of my daughters to buy one also!
The new recipes with the Insta Pot look amazing. I really hope we win the contest so we can try them😊
I just got an instant pot as I follow your posts closely but I’m a little nervous to start getting creative without using an actual instant pot cook book. I could definitely use some helpful tips! Thank you!
Yummy! Sounds like a delicious recipe! Instant pot is amazing!
I love your recipes and I’m so glad you joined the IP bandwagon.
My daughter loves your kale curry recipe I make in the instant pot. She likes it is way better than my chicken curry (we’re not vegans, but love the healthy cooking and great recipes we get from your posts.) Thank you for continuing to give me great ideas in the kitchen.
I have just gotten my Instant Pot and look forward to trying it out. I have always used my Grandmother’s old stove top jiggle style pressure cooker that you have to make sure doesn’t explode, so I am hopeful this experience will be less anxiety- ridden. Looking forward to reading and trying some of your recipes. The Instant Pot seems too good to be true! Hope so!
I got an instant pot for Christmas and have just started using it. I was a little intimidated at first but so far so good. It really helps to follow a step by step recipe so I am really happy that you are posting instant pot recipes. I’m pretty excited about your coconut yogurt recipe and want to try it out soon! Love your cookbooks and the blog!!💗
I love your reciepes. I always come here to figure our what to cook for the week.
Love your recipes! Love my Instant Pot!! Would love to win a cookbook!!
WOW! The pictures and the recipes you chose to highlight kind of put the last nail in the ‘should I or shouldn’t I buy an Instapot’ debate. Should and will – new Cookbook would be helpful 😉 Keep up the great work
I bought an insta pot after I got the No Excues Cookbook, and saw it referenced in there. I like to cook my beans from scratch, and the insta pot saves on time. I would love to get my hands on your new Intsta pot cookbook.
Hello! I recently purchased an Instant Pot and love it! I also would love more recipes for it. My daughter was married one month ago and she and her new husband would like to start a family very soon. I read your post on preparing for pregnancy, which I will share with her and can’t help but think that if she had an Instant Pot, it would be such a huge nutritional help. I would love to see them have one. Thank you.
I love grain bowls and plan on purchasing an instant pot. Which one did you get? I see that there are several types. Thanks for always sharing wonderful recipes.
I got my instant pot a few weeks ago and I am living it! Can’t wait to make the coconut yogurt!
Thanks so much for all the recipes Meagan!
I just got my instant pot, and I want to make the yogurt first for my toddler!!! Now I just need a quick tutorial on how to use the pot. Those instructions! Love both your cookbooks and these new recipes. Would love the book!
I love my InstaPot and look forward to new yummy recipes. Thank you
I absolutely love my instant pot. I loved it so much that purchased a 8 quart instant pot this past summer. However, I can’t seem to break out of the boiled eggs and yogurt cycle. I would love to learn how to use the different settings.
Wow, have not heard of instant pot before! Thanks