Pressure Cooker Tomato-Braised Chickpeas With Tahini

FOR THE CHICKPEAS:
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt, plus more as needed
4 garlic cloves, grated, passed through a press or minced
1 (15-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, or diced tomatoes
1 (2-inch) cinnamon stick, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 bay leaf
1 pound dried chickpeas (about 2 cups)
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 cup chopped cilantro, mint or parsley, plus more for garnish

FOR THE TAHINI SAUCE:
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice, plus more to taste
1 garlic clove, finely grated, passed through a press or crushed to a paste
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt, plus more to taste
1/4 cup tahini
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Ice water

Using the sauté function set on medium, heat oil in the pressure cooker pot. Add the sliced onions and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are lightly golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes.

Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Using kitchen shears or your hands, break the tomatoes into pieces and add them, along with their liquid, to the pot. (If using diced tomatoes, just add them to the pot.)

Stir in cinnamon stick and bay leaf, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pot, and simmer until sauce has thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes.

Stir in chickpeas, cumin, turmeric, remaining 2 teaspoons salt and 4 cups water. (The water should cover the chickpeas by about an inch; if not, add a little more water.) Cover and cook at high pressure for 35 minutes. Let the pressure release naturally for at least 20 minutes. Release any remaining pressure.

While the chickpeas cook, make the tahini sauce: Combine lemon juice, garlic and salt in a mixing bowl. Whisk in tahini, then whisk in oil, a few drops at a time, until emulsified. Whisk in enough ice water to make a thin, pourable sauce. Taste and add more lemon juice, if needed.

Stir chopped cilantro into braised chickpeas and taste, adding more salt, if you’d like. To serve, garnish bowlfuls with a big drizzle of tahini sauce and more cilantro.

Note: if the beans have been soaked and drained, cook time should be reduced to 13 minutes from 35 minutes.

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