Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Chana masala

Chana masala is usually liked by me with bature. But having it with rice, chapathi etc. also tastes yumm. I can eat this side as is. With some chopped red onion to top it, they taste amazing.

This yummy curry has different versions and here I am listing down the easiest way to make it. Hope you like it.

  1. 1 cup of grabanzo/chana
  2. 2-3 tbsp of cooking oil
  3. 2-3 bay leaves
  4. 2 cloves
  5. 1 inch stick of cinnamon
  6. 1/4 tsp of turmeric powder
  7. 1 large onion finely chopped
  8. 3/4 tbsp of finely chopped ginger
  9. 3/4 tbsp of finely chopped garlic
  10. 3 green chillies
  11. 1 tbsp of kashmiri chilly powder
  12. 1/2 tbsp of coriander powder
  13. 1 tsp of garam masala
  14. 1 tsp of cumin powder
  15. 1 tomato finely chopped
  16. Salt to taste
  17. 1 tbsp of coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Soak the garbanzo beans overnight. 
  • Wash it thoroughly and transfer it into a pressure cooker. Add enough water, turmeric powder and salt. Cover and pressure cook it untill the chana turns soft. For me, it usually takes, 1 whistle on high heat and 3 whistle on low heat.
  • Let the pressure go down.
  • Meanwhile, take ingredients 7-15 in a blender jar. Grind it well to form a smooth paste.
  • In a pan, heat the oil. Once hot, lower down the heat and add the bay leaves, cloves and cinnamon. Once its aroma starts to come, drop in the ground paste. Saute it untill the oil clears up and the mixture looses its rawness. 
  • Now add the cooked garbanzo to it along with its water. Cook it untill everything comes together and the curry starts to boil. Turn off the heat.
  • Garnish it with coriander leaves and serve hot with bature/puri/chapathi or just have as it is having topped it with some chopped onions.
  1. Grinding a laddle or two of the cooked garbanzo/chana and adding it to the curry while it cooks, would help get a thick gravy.


  1. Nice combo. Curry looks so yummy

  2. Ah I love chana masala kazhicha kaalam marannu..oh :(

  3. Chana is mostly accepted as hummus, so it always gets converted that way... the masala looks delicious...

  4. Hi Palah,

    Love your comforting meal. This curry looks delicious :D



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