Thursday, December 13, 2012

Chana masala | Chickpeas masala

Chana masala is the best side for roti, poori or any type of Indian breads. Mostly chickpeas used in many of chaat items. If soaked and pressure cooked chana masala can be done quickly, rather you can used canned beans. Personally I don't like canned foods except tomatoes that too for color only :). I did not add any tea bags for the color, I like as it is. If you want you can add 1 tea bag while cooking chickpeas.

  • Chickpeas - 2 cups
  • Onion - 3
  • Tomato - 3
  • Green chilly - 1
  • Ginger, garlic paste - 1 tsp
  • Red chilly powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Chana masala powder * - 3 tsp (optional)
  • Garam masala - 1/4 tsp


Soak chickpeas overnight and pressure cook with salt in it. If using canned rinse it.

Heat a wide pan with a tbsp of oil, add cumin seeds, green chilly and ginger garlic paste. Add onions and  cook till onions are pinkish. Add tomatoes, red chilly powder, coriander powder, chana masala (if using), salt and cook till tomatoes are mushy. Transfer the cooked chana and let it boil.

From the boiling chana take 1/4 cup of chana and allow it cool. Grind the chana onion mixture to a smooth paste. Blend in the gravy and cook further till it thickens.

Add cilantro or kasuri methi leaves.

  • *chana masala -  if using avoid red chilly powder and coriander powder because the masala has all the ingredients. 
  • You can add red chilly powder and chana masala too, reduce the chana masala powder as per your spice taste.


divya said...

Luvly clicks!!!soo tempting....

Priya R said...

wow looks so stunning :) perfectly made, love this with chappathi

Jeyashrisuresh said...

Very inviting channa masala, nice pictures

Amy said...

looks so delicious.Mouthwatering!!

Shweta in the Kitchen said...

Perfectly made, one of our fav recipes

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DivyaGCP said...

Channa masala goes well with chappathi and rotis.. It has been my favorite always. yours looks perfectly made and neat presentation..

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Priya said...

Feel like finishing that whole bowl, love this channa masala very much.

Jay said...

delicious n very tempting...very well done..
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Hema said...

Awesome, we never get tired of this one..

Julie said...

wow..healthy & delicious masala:)
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Maha Gadde said...

its my fav..never feels to have vth rotis...cliks r cool..

manjooo said...

my all time fav

Peggy G. said...

Looks delicious!

Rachana said...

Chana masala is an all time fav at my place. Yum!

Chris Backhouse said...

I featured your great recipe for Chana Masala on my Healthy Recipes Blog Carnival today! I hope you’ll stop by and check it out.

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