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Chana Masala

by Vandy M

Chana Masala also known as Channay, Chhole Masala or Chholay (plural), Chickpeas is a gravy based spicy curry. Chana Masala is a very famous in Northern part of India.


        Serving:                       4

        Cooking Time:            51-60 Mins (plus 8 hours of precooking time)

        Complexity:                Medium

        Taste:                          Spicy


Item Quantity
Kabuli Chana (Chickpea or Chhole) 1 Cup
Tea bags 2 pieces
Salt 1/2 tablespoon
Baking soda 1 pinch
Bayleaf 2 pieces
Cinnamon 1 piece
Black cardamom 2 pieces
Cloves 4 pieces
Cardamoms 3 pieces
Red chili Powder 2 teaspoons
Turmeric Powder 1/4  teaspoon
Coriander Powder 1 teaspoon
Garam Masala Powder 1 teaspoon
Anaardana Powder 1 teaspoon
Cumin Powder 2 teaspoons
Kala namak Powder 1/4  teaspoon
Heeng Powder 1/4  teaspoon
Amchoor Powder 1 teaspoon
Kasoori methi Powder 1 teaspoon
Onion paste 1/2 cup
Ginger-garlic paste 2 teaspoons
Tomato paste 1 cup
Chopped garlic 3 pieces
Split green chilies 2 pieces
Julienne cut ginger 1 tablespoon
Ghee 2 tablespoons
Vegetable Oil 3 tablespoons



Soak 1 cup Chana in 3 cups of water with bay leaves, cinnamon stick, black cardamoms, cloves and 3 green cardamoms over 8 hours.

Prepare roasted cumin powder by roasting cumin seeds in hot pan. Crush it on a bowl.

  • Step 1

Put all of the ingredients in a pressure cooker and add a pinch of baking soda and 2 tea bags. Cook for 10-15 mins. Make sure Chana cooks well otherwise cook a little bit more.

Once Chana cooks well, filter Chana out (remove all tea bags and spices) but don’t throw water out, because we will use in one of our next steps..

  • Step 2

Put 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil in pan and add 1/2 cup onion paste, add 2 teaspoons ginger-garlic paste and sauté well.

  • Step 3

Once onion paste turns golden-brown, add 1 cup tomato paste. Sauté till all water evaporates and you should able to see that oil separates out.

  • Step 4

Add all dry spices and salt into mixture. Add Chana (you have from step 1) and mix well for a min.

  • Step 5

Add all leftover water from step 1 into mixture, add more water as needed. Let mixture boil for 5 min on medium heat.

  • Step 6

Take 1/2 cup Chana out and mash it. Add mashed chana back into mixture. Cook for another 4 to 5 mins.

  • Step 7

To prepare tadka, add ghee on hot pan and wait until ghee gets hot. Add chopped garlic into hot ghee, julienne cut ginger and sauté until it gets light golden. Add roasted cumin powder, green chilies and red chili powder in tadka (you can increase or decrease red chili powder quantity according to your taste).

Pour all hot tadka on top of Chana mixture. Stop flame of mixture and your Chana Masala is ready to serve


Serve hot Chana Masala on a bowl, with garnishing of green chopped coriander and decorate Chana bowl by placing long green sliced chilies, julienne cut tomatoes and 1/3 lemon pieces.

Serve delicious Chana Masala with any breads, bhatures or rice.


Chana Masala also known as Channay, Chhole Masala or Chholay (plural), Chickpeas is a gravy based spicy curry. Chana Masala is a very famous in Northern part of India.

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