Immediate Pot Chana Masala

Immediate Pot Chana Masala

Immediate Pot chana masala is naturally vegan, nourishing, flavourful, depends on mainly pantry components, and cooks for just 6 minutes! Naturally vegetarian meals like chana masala are popular in their origin nation India due to religions relating to animal usage in Hinduism and Jainism.

Image shows a kitchen scene with soup ingredients on the counter along with an Instant pot.

An overhead shot of prepped ingredients in bowls for making Chana masala.

An overhead shot of onions sautéing in an Instant Pot.

Hey, are you among those individuals that got an Immediate Pot throughout a Black Friday/Boxing Day sale and after that … simply kinda ignored it? I may be a couple years late to this house cooking phenomenon, however I definitely like my Immediate Pot. It’s a dream for making additional flavourful broths (the structure of numerous plant-based foods), beans without soaking, wild rice and steel cut oats in a flash, velvety dals, risotto, and simply basic hands-off cooking. As soon as the vacations start in their full speed, I believe we might all utilize some nourishing, pantry-friendly dishes that can be cooking away without the requirement for intervention or consistent childcare. Not precisely a newsflash, however I like that this maker gets things done so that I can concentrate on other things like cuddling my pets or possibly folding laundry;-RRB-

I discover that the Immediate Pot actually shines with stews, dal, and other somewhat slushy things. The sealed nature of pressure cooking produces some seriously robust flavour. I freaking LOVE salt and my scheme tends to drift over to salted tastes a little additional than a lot of. I discover myself including much less to mixtures that I’m formulating in the Immediate Pot, which most likely isn’t a bad thing! With this chana masala, you get completely experienced and equally sauced chickpeas that are spicy, meaty, and best with a little flatbread or a scoop of rice. It’s precisely the ideal thing for hectic, wintery nights.

Chana masala is most popular in northern India, however it is taken pleasure in throughout the nation. Naturally vegetarian meals like this are popular in India due to religions relating to animal usage in Hinduism and Jainism. It appears that typically, chana masala is on the drier side than what I have actually provided here. Conventional dishes such as this one from Dassana’s Veg Recipes will consist of a sour note from amchoor, a dried mango powder. I do not utilize that in this dish.

Despite The Fact That I’m thinking that a great deal of my readers are commemorating all things pie, mashed potatoes, gravy, squash and so on today, I’m publishing something for your possible brand-new piece of cooking equipment. My reasoning here is that the majority of you will desire something healthy and very simple once the banquets are over, so simply tuck this one in your back pocket for next week. For everybody else, this is simply another incredible thing to make in your Immediate Pot, whether well-used or gathering dust in a dark cabinet.

Let me understand in the remarks if you have an interest in more Immediate Pot dishes. For more motivation on that front, you can have a look at my Easy Vegan Immediate Pot Mushroom Risotto and these Spicy Buffalo Refried Beans. Love to you all.

Image shows tomatoes, onions, and seasoning stewing in an Instant Pot with steam rising up.

Image shows Chana masala in an Instant Pot with a ladle in the pot.

An overhead shot of Chana masala in a blue speckled bowl.

Immediate Pot Chana Masala

Immediate Pot chana masala is naturally vegan, nourishing, flavourful, depends on mainly pantry components, and cooks for just 6 minutes!

PREPARATION TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 15 minutes Resting Time 15 minutes OVERALL TIME 45 minutes

Course Main Dish, Side Meal Diet Plan Gluten Free, Vegan, Vegetarian

Servings: 4 -6

Author: Laura Wright


  • Immediate Pot

Active Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, little dice
  • 1 little hot pepper/chili, minced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2- inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 1 strip of lemon peel, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes (or 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 cups prepared chickpeas, drained pipes (from approximately 2 15-oz cans)
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • sea salt and ground black pepper, to taste
  • sliced cilantro, for garnish


  • Set the Immediate Pot to “sauté” mode at “typical” and include the oil to the pot. Include the onions and sauté till clear, about 3-4 minutes. To the pot, include the hot pepper, garlic, ginger, lemon peel, cumin, coriander, turmeric, and curry powder. Stir to integrate. Keep stirring and preparing the onion and spice mix for 4-5 minutes, or till spices appear somewhat darkened and are rather aromatic.
  • Include the crushed tomatoes to the pot and stir, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pot. Let this mix pertained to a boil. Include the chickpeas, water, salt, and pepper and stir one more time. Cancel the sauté function.
  • Lock the cover on the Immediate Pot and guarantee that the valve remains in the “sealing” position. Set the Immediate Pot to push cook on manual mode (at “typical” temperature level). Set the timer for 6 minutes. As soon as the time is up, let the pressure release naturally.
  • Get rid of the cover from the Immediate Pot and stir the chana masala. If you ‘d like it to be thicker, set the maker to “sauté” mode and simmer till it is lowered to your preference. Change the immediate pot chana masala for flavoring and serve right away with sliced cilantro, rice, flatbread etc.


  • I like to sauté the onions and spices in oil to actually get all of the flavour out of them. If you are preventing oil, you can “sauté” this part in water till the onions are softened and clear, about 5 minutes. You’ll need to keep including water to the pot as you prepare.
  • I like to utilize Muir Glen’s fire-roasted tomatoes for this dish.
  • I wager you might do this one in the sluggish cooker! My inkling is to put all of the components into the insert (minus the coconut oil), offer it a stir, and set to HIGH for 2-3 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours.
  • A stovetop chana masala dish right HERE.

Program Conceal 46 remarks

  • Louisa

    Where do I include the chickpeas? Reply

    • Laura

      After the tomatoes begin to simmer, together with the water, salt and pepper:D
      – L Reply

  • Louisa

    And I’m absolutely thinking about lots more insta pot dishes! Reply

  • Julia Graham

    More IP dishes please! Thanks for this one;-RRB- Reply

  • Maria Pereira

    Hi, immediate pot is the exact same as pressure cooker? I have among those however it’s not electrical, it enters the range. It’s fantastic to prepare octopuss and beans, really quickly:-RRB- Reply

    • Laura

      Yes, the Immediate Pot is an electrical pressure cooker! So fantastic for beans;-RRB-
      – L Reply

  • Peggy Dold

    More IP dishes please! Reply


    I like your method with food! Vibrant, healthy, vegan and indulgent all at the exact same time. Merely sensational. And you are a fantastic professional photographer and food stylist. May I ask what is the make from that beautiful blue spotted plate? I require that appeal in my kitchen area! Reply

    • Laura

      Hi There Francene,
      Thank you a lot for your kind compliments. My plate is from Ikea and I got it a couple years back. I’m not exactly sure if they still offer them.
      – L Reply

  • Kevin Garland

    Yes yes, please send out more immediate pot dishes. I’m amusing a household of vegans over the vacations, and having the ability to make a meal in the early morning and leave it for themday while we play is so practical. Definitely like your blog site and the cookbook. Reply

  • Kathy

    Yes, please, more Instapot dishes. Up until now I have had some troubles the last 2 times I attempted utilizing it. So I would value more of your dishes because they work! Reply

  • Beverley Haun & John Moss

    Yes, we would like more Immediate pot dishes, our go to winter season convenience maker for post X-country ski days. Reply

    • Laura

      Immediate Pot cozy-ness après ski? That seems like a DREAM!:-RRB-
      – L Reply

  • Christine

    This looks delicious thank you! And yes I are among those individuals that purchased an IP a couple years back. it rests on a rack the majority of the time gathering dust rather of making meals, so please share more dishes! Constantly great to have veg dishes since a lot of IP things came out for non-veg things. Thank you! Many of your dishes are on a heavy rotation in my home! Reply

    • Laura

      Heidi at 101 Cookbooks has lots of fantastic veg Immediate Pot dishes if you’re trying to find motivation in the meantime:-RRB-
      – L Reply

  • Shilpa

    Hey Laura! This is best for this type of weather condition and yes to more insta pot dishes! Simply questioning how you would make the Chana in an insta pot with dried chickpeas? Reply

    • Laura

      Hi There Shilpa! I have not made this dish with dried chickpeas, however from some Googling, here’s approximately the technique I would utilize:
      – soak 1 cup dried chickpeas the night prior to making this dish (include them at the exact same point mentioned in the dish)
      – Boost the quantity of water to 2 1/4 cups
      – Boost pressure cooking time to thirty minutes

      I can’t ensure outcomes here sadly, however if I was trying the dish with dried chickpeas, this is the instructions I would enter. Let me understand how it goes if you attempt!
      – L Reply

  • Kathleen

    You can prepare (brown) rice at the exact same time utilizing a trivet and another container. Likewise, I prepare dried chick peas without soaking them all the time. The ratio of bean to water remains in the brochure. Reply

    • Laura

      I have not utilized the trivet to prepare grains independently yet, however I require to buck up and simply do it! Thanks for the pointer:-RRB-
      – L Reply

  • Aleisha

    Yes, please, please, please more Immediate Pot dishes. It is so challenging to discover tasty vegan dishes for the Immediate Pot and sluggish cooker so it would be terrific if you publish some more. I can’t wait to attempt this one!!! Reply

  • Renée

    I am withstanding purchasing another tool cause, well, my kitchen area is little and I choose to do with less things in general. However that looks terrific so I will compare the components from this dish and those from your stovetop one and go from there.
    BTW On my stovetop is presently simmering your chili from the book, among our favourites!
    Cheers Reply

    • Laura

      I completely get that re: collecting kitchen area devices. Honestly, my kitchen area is too little to have an Immediate Pot and I need to carry it up from the basement whenever I utilize it. My stovetop chana masala is rather comparable! If you change the sliced yellow tomatoes with canned crushed fire-roasted ones, you’re practically there;-RRB- So happy you’re delighting in the chili from the cookbook too.
      – L Reply

  • Christina

    Yes please, more IP dishes! I concur that it makes cooking healthy foods even easier. This looks fantastic and it will make a yummy side meal for left-over turkey this weekend. Reply

  • Jessica

    Chana masala is my fav!! I have a ‘gently’ utilized immediate pot I purchased when my sluggish cooker broke, so def thinking about more immediate pot dishes too:-RRB- Reply

  • Cynthia

    What size immediate pot do you utilize? We’re taking a look at getting one, however aren’t sure if we need to get the 6 quart or 8 quart one. Likewise, your dishes are delish! Reply

    • Laura

      Thanks a lot, Cynthia! We have a 6 quart and it makes sufficient food for 2 people, however is likewise best for when we’re amusing 10+. It’s an excellent size for batch cooking too!
      – L Reply

  • Jessica

    You hot us at stew, dahl and steel cut oats. Now that I have actually purchased an Immediate Pot, I would like to see more dishes, please!:-RRB- Reply

  • Baillie

    Another elect more immediate pot dishes! Reply

  • Samantha Blank

    Thank you for publishing this dish utilizing an Immediate Pot! I are among those individuals that bough an immediate pot on Black Friday and I am really excited to utilize it to make healthy, vegan meals. I discover the majority of the dishes out there have meat in them, so more vegan dishes on your blog site for Immediate Pot would be so practical!

    Thanks Laura, constantly like what you share! Reply

  • Natalie

    Yes more IP dishes please!!:-RRB- Reply

  • Little Plastic Footprint

    This looks actually excellent! I have actually made this prior to however never ever in an immediate pot so will offer this a shot. I have actually likewise changed the chickpeas with a combined bean mix and had type of a bean chilli/ curry hybrid which was remarkably excellent! Thanks for the share. Reply

  • Katie

    Would like more Immediate Pot dishes! I like that thing, and it makes the very best rice.

    p.s. like your website:-RRB- Reply

  • Laren Cyphers

    I would like more IP dishes from you, Laura! I’m attempting your steel cut oats instagram dish tonight. Love your dishes and you! Reply

  • Denise

    I would like to see some more IP dishes from you please. I have a number of dishes in rotation, however I have actually likewise discovered that onions can handle a metal taste, and I’m hoping your dishes can get me beyond that. Thanks. Reply

  • Beth

    I would like more immediate pot dishes !!! Reply

  • Sherisa

    Yes, more immediate pot dishes please!! Reply

  • Kathy Rate

    I am attempting this tomorrow. I would like both more instapot and sluggish cooker dishes! Thanks Reply


    More Immediate Pot dishes please! Reply

  • Jackie

    More Immediate Pot dishes please!! Reply

  • Amy Carson

    I got the burn message prior to it got to pressure. Any concepts? Reply

    • Laura

      Truthfully not exactly sure! This has actually never ever taken place to me and I have not gotten that feedback from anybody else with this dish. What size is your Immediate Pot? Existed any liquid left in the pot when you opened it back up?
      – L Reply

  • Ian Hobbs

    I see the image reveals tinned chickpeas. I question why not Dried Pulses they are a lot better and simple to prepare and less expensive to purchase. My technique is to put them into soak right before I go to sleep then by early morning they are prepared to prepare. Initially a pot of fresh water include the drained pipes pulse (whichever you utilize) give the boil and boil for 15 minutes to get rid of the Tanins. Drain pipes and wash then contribute to a little Slow cooker with a pint of salt totally free (salt in the stock will keep the pulses hard when cooking) stock then prepare on medium for a minimum of 2 1/2 hours.Regards Ian Reply

  • Morgan P

    What kind of coconut oil do you utilize for this dish … fine-tuned or unrefined? Are you attempting to offer it some coconut taste, or no? Thanks! Reply

    • Laura

      You can truthfully do either! I utilized fine-tuned since I wasn’t going for a strong coconut aroma.
      – L Reply

      • Morgan P

        Cool, thanks !!!

  • Morgan P

    Hi there! Do you utilize Improved or Unrefined coconut oil in this dish? I understand that unrefined offers a small coconut taste, however I have actually never ever had Chana Masala prior to, so I do not understand which taste profile to opt for! Reply

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