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Chana Masala

 Published 2007-Dec-14   Updated 2018-Jan-05

- 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 (11)

Person   ()
Can i use green peas instead of chik peas in this recipe
Person   ()
It won't be as tasty as white chickpeas. Channa itself means chickpeas.
To answer your question, yes you can use green peas. The taste of the final product will be different though.
Person   ()
Hi Dahlia. Can I use a regular sauce pan instead of a pressure cooker? Thanks
Person   ()
Yes you can. It will take about 45 minutes for the chickpeas to cook.
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! :)
Person   ()
Thats good Sama. Do share the maldivian spices that you added. It may be helpful to someone...
Person   ()
its sooooooo good and tasty
Person   ()
Thank You.
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Thank You.

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Old Comments

Comment by Namagiri Sridhar
    Need some recipes with spaghetti pasta.
Reply :-
    You can try any of these pasta recipes with spaghetti.

Comment by sandhya venkat

Reply :-
    Thank You.

Comment by Charles G
    Absolutly Fantastic!
Reply :-
    Thank You.

Comment by  meera kanmani
    i tried this recipe.n its really diff n too good
Reply :-
    Thanks for trying the recipe Meera and nice to know that you liked it.

Comment by  Vidya Jayakumar on 25 April 2010 20:03PM          
    Excellent recipe. Turned out well.
Reply :-
    Thanks Vidhya!!

Comment by  prem kumar on 15 January 2010 04:12AM          
    this is chef ple send me the spl dishes .
Reply :-
    Hi Prem,  I dint get you....

Comment by Lolita Catibog on 29 May 2009 14:54PM   
    Thanks for this recipe, I'll try this.. I need to learn how to cook Indian recipes so to satisfy my husband's appetite. =)
Reply :-
    sure lolitha. do try this. its an all time favorite for most indians.

Comment by niranchini sree on 05 March 2009 16:20PM
    yummy n delicious
Reply :-
    Thanks Niranchini

Comment by Jiji on 15 September 2008 07:10AM
    it is soooooooooooooooo good and tasty that i often make it
it good with chhappathi puri
Reply :-
    Thanks Jiji. Do try the other recipes too.

Comment by Nisha on 14 January 2008 03:20AM
    Nice Recipe
Very nice recipe. I tried this and it came out really yummy.
Reply :-
    Thanks Nisha

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