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Chole (Chickpea/Chana Masala)

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: Chana Masala, Chickpea Masala, Chole
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Calories: 682 kcal
Enjoy this zesty instant pot Chole prepared in less than 40 minutes.



  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 yellow onion medium size chopped
  • 1 tablespoon ginger minced
  • 4 clove garlic minced
  • 2 cloves
  • 4 peppercorns whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 bay leaf optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon minced chili pepper
  • 2 tomatoes cubed plum or vine tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 cup tomato paste

Ingredients for Pressure Cook

  • 1 Cup chickpea soaked overnight
  • 1 plum tomato cubed
  • 1/2 cup Water


  • 1/4 Cup Cilantro pick leaves from stalk


  1. Preheat the Instant Pot, select Sauté
  2. Add oil.
  3. Once the oil is hot, add cumin seeds and brown for about 20 seconds.
  4. Add onion and sauté till onion is translucent for about 2 minute.
  5. Add garlic, ginger, cloves. peppercorn, bay leaf (optional), turmeric, red chili powder, salt and garam masala (optional).
  6. Add tomatoes and tomato paste.
  7. Sauté for one minute.
  8. Add 1/4 of cup water.
  9. Cancel Sauté and change to Pressure Cook.

  10. Add overnight soaked chickpea and 1/2 cup of water and close the lid.

  11. Add plum one cubed tomato.

  12. Select instant pot setting to Manual and cook at high pressure for 14 minutes.

  13. Let cooking continue with Keep warm setting for 10 minutes, cancel and
    use a natural release before opening the lid.

  14. Add salt and red chili powder to your taste if needed.

  15. Add salt and red chili powder to your desired taste if needed.

  16. Stir and serve with Nan and/or Rice.

  17. Garnish with cilantro, sliced red onion (optional) and serve with nan (not gluten free), samosa or basmati rice.

Recipe Notes

Actual Nutritional information may vary based on the ingredient used for cooking. The nutritional values are derived from using a recipe nutrition label generator.

Nutrition Facts
Chole (Chickpea/Chana Masala)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 682 Calories from Fat 306
% Daily Value*
Fat 34g52%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Sodium 1483mg64%
Potassium 1748mg50%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 20g83%
Sugar 25g28%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 3630IU73%
Vitamin C 64.4mg78%
Calcium 164mg16%
Iron 7.7mg43%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.