chana masala recipe serve on white bowl garnish with chopped coriander leaves

Chana masala recipe | Chana masala curry | How to make chana masala

Chana masala recipe – boiled chickpeas or chana cooked in spicy tomato onion gravy, flavoured with a few Indian spices, is one of the delicious indian vegetarian gravy dishes. This lip-smacking chana masala curry will sure a hero at the dinner table. In this post, you will learn how to make chana masala?chana masala recipe, chana masala curryThough, there is a various popular recipe of chana masala available like punjabi chana masala, restaurant-style chana masala,dhaba style chana masala etc. 

But this is a very quick and simple chana masala recipe that can be made easily at home by using only a few ingredients

If you are going to make chana masala the first time then follow the below step by step instructions before making it.

 

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What is chana masala

Chana ” means ” chickpeas ” and “masala” means ” spicy mixture “; basically it means soaked chana first boiled and then cooked in a spicy tomato onion mixture flavoured 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, and jeera rice.

 

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Tips to make restaurant style chana masala recipe

 

  • Soaking Chana : To cook an 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 colour 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 flavour must sprinkle crushed kasuri methi and chopped coriander leaves at the end of the recipe.

 

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How to make chana masala

Here, the complete recipe of chana masala preparation is 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 sufficient water for at least 12 to 15 hrs.  

soak chana dal overnight in sufficient water

 

Note : If you don’t have enough time for soaking chana dal, you can pour 1 litre of hot boiling water on this chana, cover it, and rest it for at least 2 to 3 hours.

Though this method works chana dal lacks its texture and flavour compared to overnight soaking.

 

 2. Now, drain the water, and add soaked chana along with water to cook in a pressure cooker.

pour chana dal and water in pressure cooker

 

3. Then, sprinkle 1 tsp baking soda.

sprinkle a teaspoon of baking soda

 

4. Also, sprinkle 1 tsp salt in it.

sprinkle a tea spoon of salt

 

5. Now cover the lid and pressure cook this chana dal for 6 to 7 whistles on medium flame.

cook this chana dal in pressure cooker

 

6. Check chana dal whether is soft or not does have a bite while eating, if not give another 2 to 3 whistles.

check dal by pressing in between fingers

 

Cooking chana masala gravy 

 

1. Now for cooking chana masala gravy heat 3 to 4 tbsp oil in a pan, and spread it evenly.

heat oil in a pan

 

2. Then add some whole spices including 1 small bay leaf,1 tsp cumin seed,4 cloves,4 green cardamoms, and 1-inch cinnamon.

saute cumin seed,bay leaf,green cardamom,cloves

 

3. Saute them for up to 1 min on medium flame until you get a beautiful aroma.

saute whole spices for some time

 

4. Next add 3 medium size chopped onions, and saute them until it becomes slightly golden brown.

saute chopped onions till golden brown

 

5. Furthermore add 3 chopped green chili, and 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste cook a further 2 to 3 min on medium flame.

mix ginger garlic paste,chopped green chili

 

6. After that, pour 5 medium size tomato purees additionally sprinkle 2 tsp salt in it.

pour tomato puree and salt

 

7. Now sprinkle 1 tsp roasted cumin powder.

sprinkle a teaspoon of roasted cumin powder

 

8.1 tsp coriander powder.

a teaspoon of coriander powder

 

9.1 tsp black pepper powder.

sprinkle black pepper powder

 

10. Also sprinkle 1/2 tsp amchur powder or dry mango powder.

sprinkle amchur powder

 

11. Finally sprinkle 2 tsp kashmiri red chili powder.

sprinkle kashmiri red chili powder

 

12. Furthermore mix all the spices together and cook this chana masala mixture on medium to low flame for up to 10 to 12 min until it becomes thick and starts leaving the side of the pan.

cook all the spices with tomato puree until it gets thicken

 

Making chana masala curry

 

1. Now for cooking chana masala curry, pour the boil chana that we made earlier, along with water into this pan.

add boil chana and water

 

2. Mix all the ingredients together, and sprinkle 1 tsp garam masala powder.

sprinkle a teaspoon of garam masala powder mix all the ingredients together

 

3. Cover the pan and simmer this chana masala gravy on low flame for 10 to 12 min, until it becomes thick.

cover the pan and simmer chana masala gravy

 

4. At this stage, check the taste of salt, if required add now, additionally sprinkle 1 tsp kasuri methi, and mix it properly.

sprinkle kasuri methi

 

5. Finally, chana masala recipe is 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.

sprinkle freshly chopped coriander leaves

 

Chana Masala Recipe Card

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Yield: 4

Chana masala recipe ( Chana masala curry )

chana masala recipe serve on white bowl garnish with chopped coriander leaves

Chana masala recipe is one of the popular indian vegetarian curry dishes where boiled chickpeas or chana dal cooked in spicy tomato onion gravy, flavored with a few indian spices.

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Soaking Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

Ingredients For Chana Masala Curry

  • 250 grams chana
  • 1-liter water to boil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda

Other Chana Masala Ingredients

  • 5 to 6 tbsp of oil
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1-inch cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 4 cloves
  • 4 green cardamom
  • 3 medium-size onion [chopped]
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic [paste]
  • 2 to 3 green chili [chopped]
  • 5 medium-size tomato puree [deseed]
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper powder
  • 1/2 tsp amchur powder[ dry mango powder]
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri red chili powder[adjust as per need]
  • 1 tsp garam masala powder
  • 1 to 2 tsp sugar [optional]
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Kasuri methi
  • 3 tbsp coriander leaves

Instructions

how to make chana masala

  1. At first, for boiling chana dal, soak chana or chickpeas in sufficient water for at least 12 to 15 hrs.
  2. Next, drain water, pour soaked chana along with water to cook in a pressure cooker.
  3. Also, sprinkle 1 tsp baking soda and salt in it.
  4. Then, cover the lid of pressure and cook this chana dal for 6 to 7 whistles on medium flame until it becomes soft.
  5. Now for cooking chana masala gravy heat oil in a pan.
  6. Then saute whole spices including bay leaf, cumin seed, cloves, green cardamoms, cinnamon until you get a beautiful aroma.
  7. Next, add chopped onions, saute them until it becomes slightly golden brown
  8. Furthermore, add chopped green chili, ginger garlic paste cook further 2 to 3 min on medium flame.
  9. After that, pour tomato puree in it, sprinkle a teaspoon of salt, roasted cumin powder.
  10. Additionally, sprinkle coriander powder. black pepper powder.amchur powder or dry mango powder.Kashmiri red chili powder.
  11. Furthermore, mix all the spices together and cook this chana masala gravy in medium to low flame for up to 10 to 12 min until it becomes thick and starts leaving the side of the pan.
  12. Now pour boil chana and water in this pan, sprinkle a teaspoon of garam masala powder mix all the ingredients together.
  13. Cover the pan simmer this chana masala gravy on low flame for 15 min, until it becomes thick.
  14. Additionally, sprinkle a teaspoon of Kasuri methi, a few tablespoons of freshly chopped coriander leaves.
  15. Finally, our chana masala recipe completed, serve hot puri, butter roti naan even plain rice goes well.

Notes

Chana Masala Recipe Note

  1. To avoid overnight cooking you can use canned chickpeas, make sure add them after spicy tomato onion gravy becomes thick and starts leaving sides of the pan.
  2. To cook chana masala dry simply reduce the amount of water or simmer the curry till moisture dry out completely.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4

Amount Per Serving Calories 1265Total Fat 112gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 99gCholesterol 1mgSodium 1241mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 13gSugar 36gProtein 11g

Disclaimer: The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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