Chana masala recipe – boiled chickpeas or chana cooked in spicy tomato onion gravy, flavored with a few indian spices, is one of the delicious indian vegetarian gravy dishes. This lip-smacking chana masala curry will sure hero at the dinner table. In this post, you will learn how to make chana masala?Though, there are various popular recipe of chana masala available like punjabi chana masala,restaurant style chana masala,dhaba style chana masala etc.
This is a very quick and simple chana masala recipe that can be made easily at home by using only a few ingredients
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What is chana masala?
“chana” means “chickpeas” and “masala” means “spicy mixture”; basically it means soaked chana first boiled then cooked in spicy tomato onion mixture flavored with a few indian spices.
What to serve with chana masala curry?
You can serve this chana masala for poori otherwise it also goes well with roti, naan, paratha, jeera rice.
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Tips to make restaurant style chana masala recipe
- Soaking Chana : To cook authentic chana masala recipe soak the chana in sufficient water for at least 12 to 15 hours, this lighter texture chana is not only easy to cook but also very easy to digest.
- Use Of Spices : Must add coriander powder, a pinch of amchur powder, roasted cumin powder, and kashmiri red chili powder for vibrant red color curry, make sure to cook the spices with tomato onion puree until the mixture becomes thick and starts leaving the side of the pan.
- Cooking Method : Cook the chana in a pressure cooker till it becomes soft, then cook the spicy tomato-onion mixture for at least 12 to 15 min to remove tanginess from it before simmering with chana.
- Secret Flavor : For enhancing the flavor of must sprinkle crushed kasuri methi and chopped coriander leaves at the end of the recipe.
How to make chana masala?
Here, the complete recipe of chana masala preparation classified into three simple categories first one is preparation for chana masala recipe,
the second one is cooking chana masala gravy and the last one is making chana masala curry.
so, let’s make it now.
Preparation for chana masala recipe
1. At first, for preparing chana masala recipe, we soak 250 grams of chana or chickpeas in a sufficient water for at least 12 to 15 hrs.
Note : If you don’t have enough time for soaking chana dal, you can pour 1 liter of hot boiling water on this chana, cover, and rest it for at least 2 to 3 hours.
Though this method works but chana dal lacks its texture and flavour compare to overnight soaking.
2.Now, drain water, add soaked chana along with water to cook in a pressure cooker.
3. Then, sprinkle 1 tsp baking soda.
4. Also, sprinkle 1 tsp salt in it.
5. Now cover the lid and pressure cook this chana dal for 6 to 7 whistles on medium flame.
6. Check chana dal whether it is soft or not does not have a bite while eating, if not give another 2 to 3 whistle.
Cooking chana masala gravy
1. Now for cooking chana masala gravy heat 3 to 4 tbsp oil in a pan, spread it evenly.
2. Then add some whole spices including 1 small bay leaf,1 tsp cumin seed,4 cloves,4 green cardamoms, 1-inch cinnamon.
3. Saute them in up to 1 min in medium flame until you get a beautiful aroma.
4. Next add 3 medium size chopped onions, saute them until it becomes slightly golden brown.
5. Furthermore add 3 chopped green chili,1 tbsp ginger garlic paste cook further 2 to 3 min in medium flame.
6. After that, pour 5 medium size tomato puree additionally sprinkle 2 tsp salt in it.
7. Now sprinkle 1 tsp roasted cumin powder.
8.1 tsp coriander powder.
9.1 tsp black pepper powder.
10. Also sprinkle 1/2 tsp amchur powder or dry mango powder.
11. Finally sprinkle 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder.
12. Furthermore mix all the spices together and cook this chana masala mixture in medium to low flame up to 10 to 12 min until it becomes thick and starts leaving the side of the pan.
Making chana masala curry
1. Now for cooking chana masala curry, pour the boil chana which we made earlier, along with water in this pan.
2. Mix all the ingredients together, sprinkle 1 tsp garam masala powder.
3. Cover the pan simmer this chana masala gravy on low flame for 10 to 12 min, until it becomes thick.
4. At this stage, check the taste of salt, if required add now, additionally sprinkle 1 tsp kasuri methi, mix it properly.
5. Finally, chana masala recipe completed, now garnish with 3 tbsp freshly chopped coriander leaves, mix them together and serve hot puri, butter roti naan even plain rice goes well.
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