Batch Cooking Chickpeas in the Instant Pot

Batch Cooking Chickpeas in the Instant Pot

For many families, making enough food consistently can be tough; often, the drive-through becomes the norm, especially on a budget.

This week, we wanted to showcase some of the easy and cost-effective batch-cooking recipes you can do with chickpeas and an Instant Pot. Chickpeas are a flavorful and nourishing addition to any meal; their versatility allows them to be incorporated into many dishes. But what are the specific benefits of chickpeas?


Above all, chickpeas are a very versatile food. Take breakfast, for example.

Some recipes that we’ve seen and actually tried use chickpea flour. You can use this flour for an omelet, or in pancakes. These are definitely the most common uses that you will see, but it is not the end of it. There’s one recipe we just learned about that is popular in France called socca. Socca is a type of thin, unleavened pancake or crêpe made from chickpea flour. It originated in Genoa and later became a typical food of the Ligurian Sea coast, from Nice to Sardinia and Elba islands.

If you were going to have chickpeas for lunch, you can have them over rice or vegetables. They are a great addition in whatever sauce you prefer. You can also make a chickpea curry, or hummus, and then incorporate that into different dishes. Chickpeas definitely work well with almost any meal.

Cost Effective

Compared to other protein sources, beans are very inexpensive. We recommend getting your beans dry; while it may take a bit longer to cook, you will always get a lot more for your money.

Just one bag of dry chickpeas can make quite a lot of beans once they’re cooked, and can definitely last you the whole week (depending on how many people are in your family). One cup of dried beans can make two to three cups cooked, which will get you through a whole week for a smaller group of people. Chickpeas are also able to be frozen after they are cooked, so you can still batch cook and they won’t be wasted.

While we cook with an Instant pot, we recognize that it’s a luxury for some. An old-fashioned pot or pressure cooker will still do a great job making batch beans.

Full of Nutrients

Chickpeas and beans, in general, are inexpensive, but there are definitely other attributes to incorporating them in your diet. Chickpeas are a staple of a whole food plant-based diet; they are where we get a lot of our iron, zinc, protein, and fiber.

Chickpeas, like most-plant based foods, have very few calories compared to the nutritional density. They also come with lots of fiber and some good, whole carbohydrates. Whole foods tend to be very filling, even though you’re not getting a whole lot of calories, so it can actually help you lose weight!

Another surprising benefit of batch-cooking chickpeas is Aquafaba! This is a viscous water in which legumes, such as chickpeas, have been cooked. It literally means “bean water.” Its composition of carbohydrates, proteins, and other plant solids, which have migrated from the beans to the water during cooking, give it a wide spectrum of emulsifying, foaming, binding, gelatinizing, and thickening properties. So, next time you are batch cooking or opening a can of beans, save the Aquafaba and use it in various sauces or baked goods as a substitute for eggs or egg whites.

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