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Instant Pot Chana Masala - Punjabi Chole

Instant Pot Chana Masala - Punjabi Chole
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 55 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4




  • Rinse and finely chop the onions and cilantro. Slit the Serrano pepper, and puree the tomatoes. 
  • Discard the water that was used to soak the chickpea overnight.


  • Select sauté on the instant pot and add oil to the pot.
  • When the oil is hot, add in bay leaf, cloves, cinnamon stick, black cardamoms, and cumin seeds.
  • When the cumin seeds begin to splutter in about 30 seconds add onions and ginger garlic paste. Keep stirring.
  • When the onions turn golden in about 2 to 4 minutes add the red chili powder, ground coriander, ground turmeric, ground cumin, and salt. Stir well. Let it sauté for a minute.
  • Then add the pureed tomatoes and let them sauté for 4 to 5 minutes. 
  • Next, add the chickpeas / kabuli chana and water. Stir well and make sure nothing is stuck to the pot base.
  • Press cancel. Secure the lid on the pot and select manual and cook at high pressure for 40 minutes.
  • When cooking is complete, use natural pressure release to depressurize. Add the tamarind concentrate, ground pomegranate powder, and garam masala. Stir well.
  • Use the back of the spoon to crush some chickpea and thicken the gravy. Finally, add the dried fenugreek leaves, cilantro, and Serrano pepper. Transfer into a serving bowl.
  • If you like less gravy you can select sauté and reduce it to the desired consistency. Transfer into a serving bowl.


  • Enjoy with roti, puri, or steamed rice.


  • If dont you like your food spicy you can eliminate the serrano pepper, or reduce or eliminate the red chili powder.
  • This recipe has been tried on the 6-quart instant pot. The proportions may vary depending on the size of the instant pot you choose to use.
  • The recipe is based on soaking the chickpea over-night. 
  • The whole spices (cardamom pods, cinnamon stick, cloves, bay leaf, can be discarded, they don't need to be consumed).
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