Here’s the handy guide on How to cook chickpeas in Instant Pot. Plus I am sharing many tips, how to store them and some of my favorite ways to use them.
As being Indian and vegetarian, I have been using and cooking chickpeas very often. Because it is a good source of protein for us vegetarians. It is our favorite bean at home. Other than Indian cooking, chickpeas are used widely in Middle Eastern cooking. Other names of chickpeas are Kabuli Chana, Chole, Safed chana, Garbanzo beans
Does instant pot chickpeas taste same as canned chickpeas?
Honestly, I have never tried canned chickpeas. Just because I do not like processed or canned food in my cooking. But I can definitely say that it will sure taste much better than canned chickpeas because they are freshly cooked without preservatives.
How to cook chickpeas in instant pot?
- Take dried chickpeas in a colander and wash really well under running cold water till water runs clear.
- Soak in enough water (water should be 3 inches above the beans) for at least 8 hours or overnight. They will get almost triple in size after soaking. Discard the soaking water.
- Take soaked chickpeas into the instant pot and add fresh water.
- Add baking soda. Cover the lid, keep the valve position to sealing.
- Cook on manual (high pressure) for 15 minutes. Let it NPR (naturally release the pressure)
- When you press the bean between thumb and finger, it should mash easily without any effort. Meaning chickpeas are cooked fully.
1 lb (~2 ½ cups) of dried chickpeas yield 2.4 lb (~7 cups) of cooked chickpeas.
Cooking Time Guide for Instant Pot Chickpeas:
- The cooking time may vary depending on the quality, type, and freshness of the beans. See the pic below (one is small in size compared to other).
- The smaller ones bought from the Indian grocery store (a product of India). It takes 10 minutes on manual (with overnight soaking) or 35 minutes (without soaking).
- The bigger ones bought from the American grocery store. It takes 15 minutes on manual (with overnight soaking) or 45 minutes (without soaking).
- The older dried beans meaning those stored more than a year will lose its moisture and take longer to cook.
How to store instant pot chickpeas?
- Refrigerate: Keep the cooked, drained chickpeas in an airtight container and store for 3-4 days only.
- Freeze: Drain the cooked chickpeas completely and let it dry for some time or pat dry using a paper towel. Spread in single layer on a baking sheet and keep in freezer till frozen. It takes around 45 minutes. Then transfer to a freezer-safe container or ziplock bags and store up to 3 months.
Recipes using instant pot chickpeas?
- Use in salads
- Chana sundal (south Indian style chickpea salad with coconut)
- Make chaat similar to this kala chana chaat
- Instant Pot Chana Masala
- Use in curries like chana paneer, amritsari chole, pindi chole, Aloo chana, chana palak
- Add into pulao, rice dish to add some more protein to the dish
Do I need to soak chickpeas before cooking?
The answer is yes and/or no. I always prefer to plan ahead of time and let it soak overnight. This is how I have seen my mom doing it since my childhood and I am following the same. There must be some reason that our elders were always followed the soak method.
Why soak the chickpeas?
Pre-soaking the chickpeas will reduce the cooking time. This reduced cooking time can mean less loss of water-soluble nutrients due to less time of exposure to heat and water. This is the reason, I prefer overnight soaking.
Why add baking soda?
Baking soda helps chickpeas to cook and soften through the middle. And it keeps the beans moist from inside. If cooked without baking soda, beans will be soft but dry from the middle.
Why no salt added?
If the salt added in the water, the beans will cook till soft but the skin will stay tough. So always season the chickpeas once they are cooked.
Other basic instant pot recipes
Instant Pot Chickpeas
- 1 lb Dried chickpeas (~ 2 ½ cups)
- 2 Bay leaves
- ⅛ teaspoon Baking soda
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 6 cups Water for cooking
- Take chickpeas in a bowl, add water to it and massage the beans with your finger and the water will become cloudy. Discard the water and repeat this process 2-3 times total or until the water is not cloudy anymore.
- Add enough water (3 inches above the beans) to the bowl. Let them soak for at least 8 hours or overnight. They will get double (almost triple in size).
- Drain and discard the soaking water.
- Add soaked chickpeas, salt, baking soda and bay leaves to the instant pot liner.
- Add fresh 6 cups of water.
- Cover the instant pot with a lid and keep the valve to a sealing position. Pressure cook on manual (high pressure) for 15 minutes for firm yet soft texture beans (perfect for curry, salad).
- Let the pressure release on its own (NPR - natural pressure release), once the pin drops open the lid.
- Drain the cooking liquid from chickpeas right away to stop the further cooking.
- Firm yet soft texture (good for curry salad): 15 minutes for pre-soaked and 35 minutes for no-soak beans.
- Super soft, buttery texture (perfect for hummus or mashed chickpeas): 18-20 minutes for pre-soaked and 40 minutes for no-soak beans.
- Old beans (aka stale or more than a year old) take longer to cook. Sometimes super old beans won’t cook to a soft texture at all.
- Always sort the chickpeas before cooking. Discard any stones, discolored or shriveled beans.
- Always discard the soaking water and use fresh water for cooking chickpeas. It prevents gas, bloating or any tummy issue.
- I do not recommend the quick release method here as the water will splutter or overflow and makes a big mess.
- Drain the cooking liquid as soon as you open the lid to prevent the further cooking of beans.