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Chana Masala

 Published 2007-Dec-14   Updated 2017-Apr-24

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Punjabi Chole, Chikpea Curry, Kadala Curry, Konda Kadalai Kulambu)

Chana Masala

Recipe For Chana Masala


  • Chik peas(channa) - 2 cups
  • Onions - 2 small/ 1 large (finely chopped/ pureed)
  • Ginger-garlic paste - 1 tblsp
  • Tomatoes - 2 medium (pureed)
  • Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
  • Whole Garam Masala - (bay leaf - 1, cinnamon sticks – 2, Cloves - 2)
  • Red Chilly Powder - 2 tsp(or to taste)
  • Coriander powder – 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – 1 tsp
  • Kasoori Methi - 1 tsp (optional)
  • Amchur Powder(dry mango powder) – 1 tsp
  • Turmeric Powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - to taste
  • Oil - 2 tblsp
  • cilantro - for garnish


  1. Soak the chik peas for 5-6 hours or overnight. Drain the soaking water.
  2. Pressure cook the chik peas until they are tender (app. 2 cooker whistles). Overcooking will make it mushy.
  3. Heat oil in a vessel over medium heat. Temper cumin seeds, bay leaf, cloves and cinnamon. 
  4. Saute onions, stirring frequently, until they are translucent.
  5. Add ginger- garlic paste, and saute until the raw smell vanishes.
  6. Add the tomato puree, chilly powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, kasoori methi, amchur powder, turmeric powder and salt and saute until a thick paste is formed.
  7. Now add the chik peas along with the water in which it was cooked and let it simmer for 7 minutes. (Water can be added as per the requirement).
  8. Garnish with cilantro and finely chopped onions. Serve with chappattis or bread.


  • A Tblsp of lemon juice and 1/2 tsp of chaat masala can be added at the end to enhance the flavour.
  • Store bought channa masala can be added instead of the dry ingrediants which will be equally flavourful.
  • Add a tea bag along with the chikpeas while pressure cooking it. This will give a nice dark colour to the channa masala.

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Comments (7)

Person   ()
I'm from Maldives yet I love Indian food! It is hard to get all those ingredients mentioned above, so I had to make it with limited ingredients. I made it with tomato paste , onions , curry leaves & garam masaala along with some Maldivian spices , it was Delicious & everybody at home loved it! :)
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Thats good Sama. Do share the maldivian spices that you added. It may be helpful to someone...
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its sooooooo good and tasty
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Thank You.
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Thank You.

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