Instant Pot Chana Masala (Light Punjabi Chole): extremely light, delicious and quick chana masala/chole masala or Light Punjabi Chole using turmeric and without any onion or garlic.
They are perfect for a light or holistic meal with a bowl of steamed rice.
We have been eating so much heavy food for the last few weeks that a good light or holistic meal is all that we needed.
So, this Instant Pot Chana Masala – Light Punjabi Chole was such a delightful and refreshing change.
Growing up in New Delhi, chole or chana mase quite a frequent appearance in our everyday meal and it’s one of the major ingredients of Punjabi cuisine.
So these Instant Pot Chana Masala always hit that comfort food spot for us and making them in the instant pot reduces the cooking time to even lesser time.
Also, for this recipe, I’m using canned, low sodium – organic garbanzo beans/chickpeas.
This also removes an extra step of soaking the dry chickpeas overnight and then steaming them once-twice till they are half cooked.
Most of the chana or chole recipes that you would come across or have had, would be made using lots of spices, onions, tomato or a thick curry base.
But this Instant Pot Chana Masala is a light, almost rustic style chana preparation with bare minimum spices/ingredients.
Also, they work as a great #mealprep meal as well and I usually have them along with a bowl of rice, some chopped cherry tomatoes and purple cabbage.
It’s a great mix of freshness, light flavors, and deliciousness. So if you’re looking for that light, easy-peasy chana masala recipe then you’ve come to the right place 🙂
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