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A bowl of Instant Pot Small Chickpeas (Ceci Piccoli) on a wood table

Instant Pot Small Chickpeas Recipe

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  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 6 cups of cooked chickpeas 1x


Instant Pot Small Chickpeas. Italy loves Ceci Piccoli, mini-sized chickpeas. I love to cook them in my Instant Pot, where I can cook them from dry for 30 minutes at high pressure. No soaking is needed!


  • 1 pound (2 cups) dried small chickpeas (aka ceci piccoli)
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 bay leaf 


  1. Sort and rinse the small chickpeas: Sort the small chickpeas, removing any stones or dirt clods you find. Rinse the chickpeas, then put them in an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker
  2. Pressure Cook for 30 minutes with a Natural Release: Add the water, onion, and bay leaf to the pot. Lock the lid and pressure cook at high pressure for 30 minutes in an Instant Pot or electric pressure cooker or for 25 minutes in a stovetop PC. (Use Manual, Pressure Cook, or Pressure Cook - Custom mode in an Instant Pot). Let the pressure come down naturally; you can quick release any remaining pressure after 15 minutes if you are in a hurry.
  3. Serve: Unlock and remove the pressure cooker lid – open it away from you to protect yourself from the hot steam. Discard the onion and bay leaf. Serve the chickpeas with their broth, drain them for use in other recipes, or freeze them in their broth in 2-cup containers for up to 6 months.
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Pressure Cooker
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean