Punjabi Chole Masala / Chana Masala / Chickpeas Curry is a favorite Indian dish. This one-pot recipe for the authentic Chana Masala can be made in the Instant Pot or stovetop Pressure Cooker. A healthy protein-rich vegan and gluten free chickpea recipe.
Usually chole is pressure cooked separately and then mixed in the onion-tomato gravy. However to make this a true one-pot one-shot recipe, I first made the onion-tomato gravy in the pot and then added soaked chickpeas and cooked them along with the gravy. They come out perfectly. With the instant pot, the best part is that you can set it on a timer to pressure cook and forget. This is one of the most popular Instant Pot Indian Recipe.
One of the most important ingredients is Chole Masala powder. I have used simple ingredients easily available at home.
Did you forget to soak the dried chickpeas overnight? You can easily do a quick soak by covering the dried chickpeas with an inch of water and pressure cooking them for 10 minutes with a natural release. Then dump out the water.
You either need to soak the dried chickpeas overnight OR do a quick soak. The amount of water listed in my recipe is what’s needed for soaked chickpeas. Dried chickpeas absorb a lot of water so if you don’t soak them in advance, the proportion of chickpeas to water will not be correct. Also, I believe that soaking legumes helps them to be more easily digested.
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How to make Chole Masala in Instant Pot with Step by Step :
Wash and soak chickpeas in 3 cups of water overnight or at least for 4+ hours.
1.Start instant pot in sauté mode.
2.Add oil and butter.
3.Once oil is heated add chopped onion and salt . Saute for 2 mins
4.Add ginger garlic paste. Fry until raw smells gone.
5.Add tomato pure and all spice powders.
6.Drain the chickpeas soaking water. Add chickpeas and water for cooking. Stir well.
7.Change the instant pot setting to manual mode for 15 minutes with vent in sealing position.
8.When the instant pot beeps, let the pressure release naturally. If the pin does not drop in 20 minutes, you can release the pressure and open the instant pot.
9.If you like a thicker gravy, use a hand masher or the back of your ladle to mash the chole a bit. Change the instant pot setting to sauté mode and let it boil for 2 minutes.
10.Garnish with cilantro. Chole Masala is ready to be served with naan or bhatura.