Press ‘SAUTE’ mode on Instant Pot and add a couple of teaspoons of oil.
As the oil heats up, add cumin seeds. When it starts to crackle, add minced garlic cloves, and chopped ginger.
Now add chopped onion. Saute for 40 seconds and continue to stir.
Add chopped tomatoes. Saute for 2 minutes.
Add all the spices and again continue to stir well.
Add rinsed black-eyed peas, salt, and water. Stir well.
Press CANCEL button on Instant Pot.
Close the lid on the pot, and turn the valve from VENTING to SEALING position.
Set the pot to MANUAL/PRESSURE COOK (High Pressure) and set the timer to 12 minutes.
Wait for NATURAL PRESSURE RELEASE(NPR) which is when the silver button on the lid drops.
Add the garam masala powder, cilantro and mix well.
Black Eyed Peas Curry is ready. Serve hot paired with Naan, roti or rice.