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12 February, 2015

Chana Masala a lip smacking Indian recipe

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A fantastic and easy to cook recipe, Chana Masala is my favorite Punjabi cuisine .Made with Chick Peas and other variety of spices this wonderful dish can be eaten with rice or chappatis or naan. On the Indian streets you will see small kiosks selling this chana masala either with kulcha (Chana-Kulcha) or batura (Chana–Batura). You can eat it the way you want.

So let’s make this super delicious & super easy recipe. You are going to love it.

Ingredients for Chana Masala:

White Chick Peas (garbanzo beans/kabuli chana) 1 bowl
Onion, finely chopped 1 large
Tomatoes Chopped 2
Ginger ½ inch
Garlic 3-4 cloves
Green Chili, finely chopped 1
Coriander Leaves 1 tablespoon chopped
Red Chili Powder 1/2 teaspoon
Turmeric Powder 1/4 teaspoon
Teabags 1-2
Cooking Oil 2-3 tablespoons
Salt As per taste

Directions for chana masala

Initial Preparations & Boiling

  1. Wash the chanas completely in water.

    Washing chana for chana Masala

    Wash Chanas for Chana Masala

  2. Then, douse them overnight or for 7-8 hours.

    Douse for chana masala

    Dousing chanas overnight

  3. Heat and boil up the chanas with some salt and (1-2 teabags)
    Boiling chana for chana masala

    Boil Chana to cook

    in a pressure cooker or a covered skillet with enough water.

  4. I prefer to use pressure cooker as it takes lesser time (15-20 minutes).
  5. After it’s cooked, place it in a bowl and keep it aside. Don’t dispose of emptied water, keep it for further use.
  6. In a blender make a puree by mixing chopped tomatoes, green chili, garlic and chopped ginger.

    Tomato Puree

    Tomato Puree for Chana Masala

Tempering (Frying) for Chana Masala

  1. Heat cooking oil in a pan; add onion and sauté until it turns light brown.

    Saute Onion for Chana Masala

    Adding and Sauting Onion

  2. Add tomato puree and salt to the pan. It is very important to fry it for 5-6 minute till oil starts to separate as this will remove the raw smell of tomatoes, ginger and garlic.

    Addition of tomato puree

    Adding Tomato Puree

  3. Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, dry masala powder.
    adding Spices for Chana masala

    Addition of spices


Finishing stroke while preparing chana masala

  1. Add the boiled chana, mix it well and then add water. Use the same water which we used to boil the chick peas.

    Addition of Boiled Chana

    Adding Boiled Chana

  2. If that water is not enough or if it is cold, boil the water separately in a pan beforehand and add it to the pan.

    Add Water to Chana masala

    Addition of water in chana masala

  3. Cover it with lid and allow the mixture to come to boil at a low flame.

    Cover lid for Chana Masala

    Cover Lid and allow it to simmer

  4. Switch of the flame after it boils and add coriander leaves & onion slices for seasoning.
  5. Serve super delicious chana masala with bhatura or steamed rice.

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