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Vegan Butter Chicken in a Bowl with Rice, kept on concrete. Instant Pot Vegan Butter Soycurls and Chickpeas

Its no Butter No Chicken you all. Then why call it that? Well search! Most people search for vegan butter chicken for some reason and not vegan soycurls in no butter butter sauce or other variations ;). So here goes.

This recipe adapted from my popular Butter Tofu recipe. To make a skillet version, use the butter tofu recipe with soy curls. Just simmer the soy curls in the sauce with a up of water for 15 minutes. I use a combination of soy curls and chickpeas in this version and don’t use any oil. You can add some oil or vegan butter with the cashew cream to make it even more like restaurant flavor profile. Don’t have soy curls ? use all chickpeas, beans or veggies.

Its a super simple recipe. Blend up the tomato, garlic, ginger, chile. Add to the IP along with spices, soy curls and chickpeas, close and cook. Add some cashew cream and simmer for a few minutes to thicken, garnish and done! The garnish of fresh minced ginger and chile and some dried fenugreek takes this dish to an amazing flavor level. Make it!

Instant Pot Vegan Butter Chicken with Soycurls and Chickpeas. 15 minute Active time! 1 Pot Creamy Butter Soy Curls. Use all chickpeas for soy-free. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Nut-free option | VeganRicha.com

Soy curls are a meat sub made with whole non gmo soy beans. You can find them in some stores or online on amazon. You can also use other bean curls! Look for “Wadi” in Indian stores made of moong dal, black eyed peas and other lentils/beans. The texture is different but they work equally well. You can also use seitan, tvp, soy chunks, beyond meat strips other chickin subs.

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This recipe is adapted from my Butter Tofu “Paneer” recipe and the IP method is adapted from twosleevers’s butter chicken. Urvashi has some great tips on cooking indian food under pressure. This recipe benefits from a good fresh garam masala blend. I usually keep my garam masala in whole spice form and then grind it about a 1/4 cup at a time for a potent spice blend. Dried fenugreek leaves (kasuri methi) can be bought online or from an Indian store. If you cant find them, omit and add 1/4 tsp ground mustard instead. Indian restaurants generally add fenugreek for the flavor and of course a ton of cream and butter.

Instant Pot Vegan Butter Chicken with Soycurls and Chickpeas. 15 minute Active time! 1 Pot Creamy Butter Soy Curls. Use all chickpeas for soy-free. Vegan Gluten-free Recipe. Nut-free option | VeganRicha.com

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Instant Pot Vegan Butter Chicken with Soy Curls and Chickpeas - oil-free

4.99 from 100 votes
By: Vegan Richa
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 35 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 3
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Indian, Vegan
Instant Pot Vegan Butter Chicken with Soycurls and Chickpeas. 15 minute Active time! 1 Pot Creamy Indian Butter Soy Curls. Use all Chickpeas for soy-free. Vegetarian Gluten-free Recipe. Oil-free Nut-free option 
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Ingredients 
 

  • 3 large ripe tomatoes or 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1/2 inch cube of ginger
  • 1 hot or mild green chile, , I use serrano
  • 3/4 cup water, , use 1 cup if the tomatoes arent very juicy
  • ½ to 1 tsp  garam masala
  • ½ tsp paprika or kashmiri chili powder
  • ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup soy curls, (dry, not rehydrated)
  • 1 cup cooked chickpeas
  • Cashew cream made with with ¼ cup soaked, cashews blended with ½ cup water
  • 1/2 tsp or more garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp or more sugar or sweetener
  • 1 tsp kasoori methi - dried fenugreek leaves, or add a 1/4 tsp ground mustard
  • 1/2 moderately hot green chile, finely chopped, or use 2 tbsp finely chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 tsp minced or finely chopped ginger
  • 1/4 cup cilantro for garnish

Instructions 

  • Blend the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, chile with water until smooth.
  • Add pureed tomato mixture to the Instant pot or pressure cooker.  Add soy curls, chickpeas, spices and salt. Close the lid and press manual/pressure cook at high pressure, for 8 to 10 minutes. (6 minutes for stove top pressure cooker). Quick release after 10 minutes. (See notes for Stove top instructions)
  • Start the IP on saute (medium heat for stove top pressure cooker). Add the cashew cream, garam masala, sweetener and fenugreek leaves and mix in. Bring to a boil, taste and adjust salt, heat, sweet. Add more cayenne and salt if needed. Fold in the chopped green chile, ginger and cilantro and press cancel(take off heat). 
  • At this point you can add some vegan butter or oil for additional buttery flavor. Serve hot over rice or with flatbread or Naan.

Video

Notes

To make this without nuts use 1/3 cup or more coconut cream instead of cashew cream. 
 
Stove top skillet version: Follow step 1. Add pureed tomato mixture to a skillet/saucepan over medium heat. Add soy curls, chickpeas, spices, 1/2 cup water and salt. Partially Cover and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, until the sauce thickens and garlic does not taste raw. Add the cashew cream, garam masala, sweetener and fenugreek leaves and mix in. Bring to a boil, taste and adjust salt, heat, sweet. Add more water if too thick, more cayenne and salt if needed. Fold in the chopped green chile, ginger and cilantro and 1 tbsp vegan butter if using. Also see my stove top Butter Tofu recipe for reference.
 
Variations: Use all chickpeas, seitan, other meat subs, or veggies to make soyfree.  When using subs that dont absorb much liquid, use larger quantity (for eg 2.5 to 3 cups shredded seitan to sub the soycurls+chickpeas).
 
Nutrition is 1 of 4 serves. Does not include rice

Nutrition

Calories: 318kcal, Carbohydrates: 48g, Protein: 19.2g, Fat: 6g, Sodium: 608mg, Potassium: 890mg, Fiber: 13g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1160IU, Vitamin C: 21.1mg, Calcium: 90mg, Iron: 4.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Hi, I'm Richa! I create flavorful plant based recipes that are inspired by my Indian upbringing, including many gluten-free, soy-free, and oil-free options.

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  1. Jocelyn says:

    Question: Is using half chickpeas just to add nutrition? Does it work to simply substitute more soy curls for the chickpeas? Or does that require more liquid or, for example, 1/2 c extra soy curls instead of 1 c extra? Just asking because regular Butter Chicken used to be my daughter’s favorite recipe, so thought all soy curls would make it more similar to the original Butter Chicken (which I used the Twosleeves recipe for). Thank you!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Yes, you can use soy curls just add 1/4 cup more water.

  2. Mandy says:

    If I use a protein that doesn’t absorb liquid (seitan), should I reduce the water that goes into the puree? thanks!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      Use all chickpeas, seitan, other meat subs, or veggies to make soyfree. When using subs that dont absorb much liquid, use larger quantity (for eg 2.5 to 3 cups shredded seitan to sub the soycurls+chickpeas).

      1. Mandy says:

        but should I also reduce the water?

        1. Vegan Richa Support says:

          If you increase the amount of seitan you don’t need to reduce the water.

  3. Srishti says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is one of my all time favorites. Seriously, it has inspired me to keep cooking, and I do some modifications with this recipe for different purposes, but truly it has made me a better cook. It was one of the first recipes I really mastered. And one of the first ones that made me love using my IP. Thank you so so much, Richa. Nowadays, I’m even writing a novel about a chef 🙂

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      yay! that is so great! i can’t wait to hear more about the novel!

  4. Kelly Wise says:

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and the recipe is a keeper. Used the stovetop method as I don’t have an Instant Pot. Served it over rice with a green salad and steamed asparagus. Love the cleanness of an oil free meal. Anticipating it’s only going to get better with flavors melding in the fridge, I’m looking forward to eating the left overs. Thanks VeganRicha!

    1. Vegan Richa Support says:

      🙂 thank you for the kind review!