Chickpea Curry (Vegan -Pressure Cooker)

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 30 mins

A few minor changes to suit taste, based on a recipe by Suzanne Gibbs in her book "the Pressure Cooker". A super easy vegan cury that's great served with pappadums and rice or naan breads (if you can have wheat). Gluten-free and vegan. A mild recipe....add extra spices in if you like a warmer curry. Kids and meat-lovers will enjoy this one. The original recipe calls for 2 potatoes. This recipe uses cooked chickpeas as the addition of salt and acidic tomatoes inhibits the cooking of beans

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil in the pressure cooker over high heat. Cook the cumin seeds for approx 30 seconds or until they start to crackle.
  2. Add the sliced onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes. The onion should be golden and soft.
  3. Reduce the heat and stir in the garlic and other spices.
  4. Add all remaining ingredients (except garnish).
  5. Close and lock the lid. Bring to high pressure over high heat. Reduce heat to stabilise the pressure and cook for 15 minutes.
  6. Release pressure and serve with a sprig of coriander or a sprinkle of parsley. Serve with steamed basmati rice, naan or pappadums.
  7. NOTE: to cook dried beans. Overnight soak, drain water, place into pressure cooker, cover with fresh water and cook on low pressure for 10 minutes. I soaked 2 cups dried chickpeas and result was a little over 4 cups cooked beans. Canned/tinned chickpeas can be used if desired- be sure to drain and wash them well.
Most Helpful

Making it a second time today; quick and easy now that I've done it once before (I'm new to pressure cookers, and needed to get comfortable with them). I recommend grinding and/or toasting all your spices before you start, because there isn't enough time between additions to do so. This recipe is excellent-tasting fresh and also after it's been in the fridge for a couple of days. (As I used frozen tomatoes instead of canned, I wasn't sure how much extra water to add and so my first attempt was a bit soppy, but perhaps I could have thickened it with pea flour or yogurt.)

feralgreens January 22, 2013

Just made this recipe for lunch exactly has the recipe is written except I prefer larger onion pieces. It was very tasty, very fast to make, and I'll be making it again.

kelly.corn_12666312 July 23, 2012

Thanks for this easy, fast and very tasty recipe.
I used only one can chickpeas as I had only one and I can tomatoes. I had only frozen cilantro, so I prefered to take parsley.
I was afraid that the chickpeas would be only a mash after the pressure cooking, but this was not the case. The flavors melted perfectly and a phantastic curry was prepared very fast.
We enjoyed this with grilled chicken.
A big thanks from may family as well

awalde April 21, 2012