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INSTANT POT CHANA MASALA | Instant Pot Indian Recipe



Hi guys Today I'm making an Instant Pot Chana Masala

This recipe is super easy, it takes just 10 minutes of actual cooking, and it's 100 percent vegan And it's delicious If you want to see more Instant Pot recipes or more Instant Pot Indian recipes in particular, just let me know in the comments below If you're not familiar with chana masala or chole masala as it's sometimes called, depending on the type of chickpea used, it's basically an Indian chickpea curry And chana refers to the type of chickpea and masala refers to the spice blend or the spice mix

What I love about this dish–aside from the fact that it reminds me of my mother's kitchen– is that it's really hearty and comforting but still really healthy It's basically chickpeas cooked in a thick, tangy spiced gravy So how do you make the perfect gravy? For this dish, it starts with a few whole spices I'm frying some black mustard seeds and cumin seeds in oil If you can't find black mustard seeds, not to worry You can use the more commonly available brown mustard seeds

They'll do just fine, they're just a little bit less spicy than the black ones And the reason a lot of Indian dishes start with frying spices is that it really enhances the flavor of the original spice It makes it more intense, bolder and it gives a more complex flavor to the entire dish You want to wait until the oil is really hot in the Instant Pot before adding the spices They'll sputter and spit a little bit so stand back so you don't get burned

And you just need about 30 seconds for that Like most Indian dishes, chana masala also starts with a base of aromatics – onions, green chili, garlic and ginger In fact, these ingredients are so common in Indian cuisine so that I can always find a tub of green chilli-garlic-ginger paste in my mom's fridgeFor this recipe, I'm using two Serrano peppers, which yields a nice medium heat If you want it to be spicier, you can use another pepper

And if you want it to be less spicy, you can omit the seeds where most of the spiciness is, or you can use how jalapeno peppers instead, which have less spiciness than a Serrano pepper I like to use gloves when I'm chopping peppers because there's nothing worse than touching your eye after you've touched hot chili peppers Trust me this is not something you want to experience After the whole spices have been toasted you'll add the aromatics Start by cooking the onion until it's lightly browned and then add the ginger, bay leaves, garlic and green chilies

Sfter you let these initial ingredients cook down and get a little browned, you're gonna add some ground spices And no Indian dish would be complete without a generous dose of spices I'm using ground coriander, chili powder, garam masala and turmeric, along with the healthy amount of salt and pepper The spices just need a minute to cook and incorporate And if it seems dry, you might want to add a tablespoon of water to prevent burning because the Instant Pot can really suck up all the oil

There is one spice that's commonly used in chana masala that I'm not using today It's called amchur and it's dried mango powder It's made from unripe green mangoes and it gives the dish a tart, tangy flavor Unfortunately amchur is hard to find outside of Indian grocery stores, so I wanted to keep this dish accessible Instead I'm using some lemon juice at the end to give it that tart, tangy flavor

But if you happen to have a well-stocked Indian spice cabinet, feel free to use one and a half teaspoons of amchur instead of the lemon juice While it's a little more traditional to use whole dried chickpeas instead of canned chickpeas, I wanted to keep this dish super easy and quick And honestly can't really tell the difference But if you do want to use whole dried chickpeas, you'll need about 12 ounces or one and a half cups, which is about 3 cans of chickpeas You also need to soak the whole chickpeas in plenty of water for about 8 hours before cooking, so if you want to skip this extra step, just use canned chickpeas

It'll turn out great, I promise After all of the spices, you'll just add the remaining ingredients – the chickpeas, tomatoes and broth For the tomatoes I'm actually using canned tomatoes instead of fresh because, honestly, the quality of most supermarket tomatoes in the US is pretty bad – they're bland and they're boring

And canned tomatoes are gonna give a lot more flavor than fresh ones But if you live somewhere with amazing quality tomatoes or it's tomato season and you have some locally grown tomatoes, feel free to use a couple fresh tomatoes instead of the canned ones It'll add a nice freshness and vibrancy Give everything a good stir and secure the lid on the Instant Pot and set the pressure release to Sealing instead of Venting Select the manual setting and set it to high pressure for 8 minutes

If you're using dried whole chickpeas that you've soaked, you'll set it to 35 minutes instead Allow the pressure to come to a natural release – this should take about 10 to 15 minutes Open the pot give it a stir and then add the lemon juice and fresh cilantro leaves I recommend letting the chana masala sit for about 15 to 20 minutes before serving because it gives a chance for all the flavors to meld together and it always tastes better the next day I hope you enjoyed this recipe for Instant Pot chana masala

If you did go ahead and give it a thumbs up because it's always appreciated when you do And feel free to share with friends and family who you think might like this recipe Thanks so much for watching and I'll see you in the next video, bye

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