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Instant Pot Chickpeas (Without Soaking)

Making Instant Pot Chickpeas is super simple, and these step-by-step directions will show you how to go from raw beans to cooked beans in less than an hour!

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We eat a LOT of chickpeas on a regular basis. Though there are plenty of uses for chickpeas, by far, most of ours are used for hummus. I’ll admit it, I have a hummus obsession, and I’ll share some of my favorite recipes for hummus in the chickpea recipe list below.

For even more ideas, take a peek at the article, 11 Fabulous Chickpea Recipes.

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What are chickpeas, aka garbanzo beans?

Chickpeas–also known as garbanzo beans–are a legume that originated in the Middle East around 7,500 years ago and are now widely used in kitchens all over the world.

They are a key ingredient in hummus and falafels and are also commonly used in salads, soups, stews, snacks, and can even be ground into flour. These versatile chickpeas can be added to dishes whole, or they can be blended smoothly for use as creamy bases.

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Are chickpeas good for you?

Chickpeas are nutrient-dense and are a great source of protein and fiber. They also contain folate, iron, zinc, potassium, and other phytonutrients.

Research shows the benefits of chickpeas in helping prevent diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.

How to make chickpeas in an Instant Pot

Chickpeas are readily available already cooked in most any grocery store. However, they are usually loaded with salt and preservatives, so I love to make my own to control exactly what goes into them.

Do you need to soak chickpeas before cooking?

Actually, no! Soaking beans takes time, lots of time. And, soaking isn’t even necessary when using an Instant Pot.

Some people feel that soaking beans helps to remove some of the indigestible sugars that can lead to gas and bloating, but my experience has been that I can’t tell a difference. That being said, for those that do experience discomfort, soaking might be worth giving a try.

Presoaking beans in Instant Pot

Soaking is NOT necessary, but if you would like to try presoaking beans in an Instant Pot, simply add dried beans and water and set to MANUAL for 2-minutes.

Allow the pressure to release naturally for 10 minutes, then remove any additional pressure by sliding the release valve to the VENT. Go ahead and rinse and drain the beans before cooking as you would beans that had bean soaked overnight the traditional way.

Cooking beans without soaking

Rinse the dry uncooked chickpeas in a colander under water and remove any bad ones found.

raw chickpeas being rinsed in white colander

Place 1 pound of chickpeas (2.25 cups) into your Instant Pot and cover with water (6 cups) by about 1 inch.

overhead photo of raw chickpeas covered with water in instantpot

Lock the lid and place the pressure release handle in the SEALING position.

Press the PRESSURE COOK button making sure it is set to HIGH and set the timer for 35 minutes.

After the Instant Pot beeps to signal that cooking has finished, wait another 20 minutes to allow it to naturally release. Once the 20 minutes is up, slide the release handle to VENTING to release any additional pressure.

Once all of the pressure has been released, open the lid and taste-test one chickpea to make sure they are nice and tender.

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If they need any additional cooking, cook another 10 minutes and give them another try.

When finished, drain liquid and use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (up to 5-6 days) or freeze.

Don’t throw that bean broth out though! Believe it or not, it’s a very valuable byproduct called aquafaba that has many amazing uses including an egg binder and even whipped topping for desserts.

Freeze in measurements of 1.5 cups to make using in recipes easier, as canned beans are 15 oz, which equals 1.5 cups.

Optional seasonings for chickpeas

Sometimes, you may just want to cook a batch of chickpeas in your Instant Pot to eat as a side dish, and they will need a little seasoning. These are some of my favorite seasonings to include in the pot before cooking.

  • replace the water with veggie broth
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup onion
  • 2 bay leaves

Have you cooked RICE in your Instant Pot? This Flawless Instant Pot Rice recipe can help guide you through it!

Vegan Chickpea Recipes

There are many different recipes to use those Instant Pot chickpeas in, and these are some of my very favorites!

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Instant Pot Chickpeas (No Soaking)

Yield: 6 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Making Instant Pot chickpeas is super simple, and these step-by-step directions will show you how to go from raw beans to cooked in less than an hour!

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. Rinse the dry uncooked chickpeas in a colander under water and remove any bad ones found.
    2. Place 1 pound of chickpeas (2.25 cups) into your Instant Pot and cover with water (6 cups) by about 1 inch.
    3. Lock the lid and place the pressure release handle in the SEALING position.
    4. Press the PRESSURE COOK button making sure it is set to HIGH and set the timer for 35 minutes.
    5. After the Instant Pot beeps to signal that cooking has finished, wait another 20 minutes to allow it to naturally release. Once the 20 minutes is up, slide the release handle to VENTING to release any additional pressure.
    6. Once all of the pressure has been released, open the lid and taste-test one chickpea to make sure they are nice and tender. If they need any additional cooking, cook another 10 minutes and give them another try.
    7. When finished, drain liquid and use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator (up to 5-6 days) or freeze. Don't throw that bean broth out though! Believe it or not, it's a very valuable byproduct called aquafaba that has many amazing uses including an egg binder and even whipped topping for desserts.
    8. Freeze in measurements of 1.5 cups to make using in recipes easier, as canned beans are 15 oz, which equals 1.5 cups.
    9. If planning to serve them as a side dish, take a look at some of the seasoning options I've included in the article above.



Notes

Detailed instructions,in-process photos, and my personal helpful tips can be found in the article above.



Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 8.1gSugar: 7gProtein: 13.6g

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Pat

Friday 14th of August 2020

I just tried this in my Instant Pot this morning. It worked great! The chickpeas were not overcooked...the perfect texture. Thank you!

Terri Edwards

Friday 14th of August 2020

Hi Pat- Awesome! I'm glad they turned out perfect for you. This is my new thing, and love having cooked chickpeas available all the time. :)

Donna Kennedy

Thursday 13th of August 2020

To freeze the cooked chickpeas, do you just measure out the 1 1/2 cups and place them in the freezer bag? No liquid needed?

Terri Edwards

Thursday 13th of August 2020

Hi Donna- That's a great question. I completely drain the liquid from mine, and some people even pat theirs dry before freezing. I then put mine in a freezer-safe container. Some folks freeze them in freezer bags and lay them flat to make sure the beans don't freeze together and become difficult to separate. I don't do that because I always defrost them in the refrigerator, and they come right apart.

Evelyn

Wednesday 12th of August 2020

I make chick peas all the time in the Instant Pot. I never throw out the liquid (aquafaba).

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