February 4th, 2019 | Posted By: Magdalena Wszelaki | Posted in Adrenals, Anti-Candida, Entrees, Estrogen Dominance, Menopause, PCOS, Recipes, Soups & Stews, Thyroid

Instant Pot Chickpea Warming Dhal

Three reasons I think you will love this recipe:

  1. It’s a great meal to warm you up on a cold day.
  2. The spices will improve your digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  3. The Instant Pot will get dinner on your table FAST!

Dhal in India is made with any legume – red and yellow lentils are the staple while chickpeas are used a little less.

Dhal is considered a healing stew. In India, there is a blurred line between where food ends and medicine begins – spices such as ginger, turmeric, and coriander are highly medicinal in their properties.

Legumes, when pre-soaked, are easier to digest so I highly recommend starting the process the day before.

To cook your own chickpeas in the Instant Pot: Begin by soaking a ¾ cup of dried chickpeas with a strip of kombu the night before you plan on cooking the dish. The next day, discard the kombu and drain the soaked chickpeas. Combine the chickpeas with 6 cups water in the Instant Pot. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes, let the Instant Pot release the pressure naturally. Drain the liquid from the chickpeas before using them.

FYI, I do own two Instant Pots:
3-quart – for quick rice, oatmeal, and buckwheat
6-quart – for bone broths, soups, stews

You can also use canned chickpeas in this recipe if desired.

Check out our other easy Instant Pot recipes:

Instant Pot Chicken Rice Soup
Instant Pot Immune-Boosting Chicken Broth

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Instant Pot Chickpea Warming Dhal
 
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Serves: 6 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium yam, peeled and chopped (2 cups)
  • 1 medium cauliflower, chopped (3 cups)
  • 2 ½ cups cooked chickpeas
  • 2 cans coconut milk (13.5 ounces total)
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • Brown rice for serving, optional
  • Chili flakes for serving, optional
How To Make
  1. Combine all the ingredients except for the spinach and the rice in the Instant Pot.
  2. Cook the dhal at high pressure for 15 minutes. You can also use the “soup” setting, but the veggies will get a little soft.
  3. After the dhal is cooked, let the pressure release naturally, or use the quick release function on the Instant Pot.
  4. After the pressure is released, remove the lid and stir in the spinach.
  5. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve warm alongside brown rice if desired.
  6. Storage instructions: Once the korma is cooled, store leftovers in the fridge for 5 days.
Notes
Equipment: Instant Pot
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17 Comments to Instant Pot Chickpea Warming Dhal

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  2. This looks awesome, but I do not have an Instant Pot! 🙁 Can you post how it would be cooked in a regular pot on the stove top? Thanks!

    • Hi Cathy,
      You may cook the rice on its own as you like it. The rest of it can be done in a pot on the stove-maybe 45-60 minutes.. ~Deanna HB Team

  3. Is this a korma or a dhal?
    Why do you need 6c water to cook 3/4c garbanzos? Does 3/4c dry garbanzos equal the 2c cooked garbanzos needed inthe recipe?

    • Hi Hélène, It’s both. To cook your own chickpeas in the Instant Pot: Begin by soaking a ¾ cup of dried chickpeas with a strip of kombu the night before you plan on cooking the dish. The next day, discard the kombu and drain the soaked chickpeas. Combine the chickpeas with 6 cups water in the Instant Pot. Cook at high pressure for 20 minutes, let the Instant Pot release the pressure naturally. Drain the liquid from the chickpeas before using them. Or, use 2 and 1/2 cups of canned cooked chickpeas instead. I hope this helps! Jeanne HB Team

    • Fresh turmeric should work wonderfully. Give it a try, and let us know what you think. =)

      Healthy regards,
      HB Team

  4. I”m confused, the last 5 years I have been looking on the internet all the do’s and don’t aboutthyroid foods I can and can’t eat, from what I’m reading it says no brocoli, kale, brussel sprouts, spinach, cauliflower, no gluten ,no coffee ,no cream, no suger just honey, maple syrup. And so on. I see you have some delightful recipes with some of those ingredients in them, How can I get a list of foods that I shouldn’t eat. I dno’t have a ;lot of money to spend on healthy foods, I do want to eat right, I do by chicken, fish, flaxseed, hemp seed, I try to stay away from fried foods, I do eat brazil nuts. I just would like to have a list of all the things I can and can’t have. Thank You.

  5. Hi Linda, although we don’t have a specific list available, we do provide various articles that provide can provide a wonderful framework for you. This link will bring you to multiple articles include top nutrients for thyroid health, an optimal diet for thyroid function, and some researched background into cruciferous vegetables and thyroid health. https://hormonesbalance.com/?s=thyroid+health

    One of the best things you can do to support thyroid health is to undergo an eliminate diet to determine where your unique needs lie, then move forward with an anti-inflammatory diet. We have some resources available on our website to support you through that process.

    Here is also the link to our thyroid detox program if you are interested: https://hormonesbalance.com/td/join/

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