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How to Cook Dried Chickpeas in an Instant Pot

Say goodbye to soaking dried chickpeas for hours. These Instant Pot chickpeas are tender, flavorful, and ready for making hummus or your favorite dinner in just about an hour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Natural Release20 mins
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, Indian
Keyword: how to cook dried chickpeas, instant pot chickpeas, instant pot garbanzo beans, instapot chickpeas
Servings: 6
Calories: 138kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried chickpeas
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 - 12 garlic cloves I usually just use one small head of garlic, then peel and smash the cloves to extract the flavor.
  • 1 white or yellow onion halved and peeled

Instructions

  • Begin by peeling a head of garlic and smashing the cloves. I use pretty much the whole head unless it is huge - around 10 - 12 cloves. Then slice an onion in half and remove the peel.
  • Now, add the chickpeas, water, bay leaves, kosher salt, garlic cloves, and onion to the Instant Pot. 
  • Give it a quick stir to mix everything together then, put the lid on and turn the vent to sealing.
  • Next, set the Instant Pot to Manual Mode at High Pressure for 45 minutes. 
  • When the cooking cycle is complete, let the pressure Naturally Release (ie, do nothing, just leave it alone) for 20 minutes.
  • When 20 minutes is up, carefully release any remaining pressure. (Stand back.)
  • When the pin drops, carefully open the lid. There will be some extra liquid - that's fine.
  • Strain the chickpeas to remove them from the liquid, then pick out the bay leaves, garlic, and onion. If you are not going to use the chickpeas right away, save some of the excess liquid for storing.
  • Let the chickpeas cool, then use them for hummus, your favorite dinner, or save them in the refrigerator for up to a week to use on salads or in other meals! 

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Notes

Approximate Yield: 1 cup of dried chickpeas makes about 3 cups of cooked chickpeas. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled to make a large batch, just make sure your Instant Pot can handle that much liquid. (Do not exceed the Max Fill line.)
Tips
  • To make less crunchy chickpeas, you can cook them for up to one hour. They will be soft but still have a little texture. To make chickpeas that are just melt in your mouth creamy - really only for making hummus because they will fall apart if you stab them with a fork, you can soak them before cooking them. Soak for 12 hours, then cook them for 15 minutes with a 20 minute Natural Release. Chickpeas cooked this way will be so soft you can make hummus by just mashing them with a fork.
  • Store cooked chickpeas in a little bit of their cooking liquid. This will keep them from drying out too much.
  • You can also use a little of the starchy cooking liquid when making hummus - it makes the puree a little thicker and smoother.

Serving Suggestions & Uses
We love to use these chickpeas to make hummus, curries, and crispy air fryer baked chickpeas.
Storage/Shelf Life/Reheating
Once cooled, store cooked chickpeas in a little bit of their cooking liquid in the refrigerator for up to one week. If they sit for too long they will start to get slimy.
FAQs
What is the difference between chickpeas and garbanzo beans?
There is no difference. Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing!
How do you cook dried chickpeas (garbanzo beans) on the stove?
If you don't have an Instant Pot, the best way to cook dried chickpeas is to let them soak overnight first covered by at least two inches of water. Then, in the morning, transfer the beans to a pot on the stove and again, cover with at least two inches of water. Add the same ingredients as below, (bay leaves, salt, garlic cloves, and an onion) then bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer for 35 - 40 minutes with a lid on.
Are chickpeas a legume?
Yes, chickpeas are a legume.
How many cups of cooked chickpeas does one cup of dry chickpeas yield?
1 cup of dry chickpeas yields about 3 cups of cooked chickpeas.
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Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 138kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 405mg | Potassium: 342mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 2mg