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Channa Masala Recipe

Written By Angela Steffi on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 10:29:00 PM

Chana Masala is an excellent gravy recipe which goes well with Poori, Chapthi, idli and dosa. This recipe is very nutritious because it is made with Chickpeas / Konda Kadalai . This recipe can be with both black chickpeas or with white chickpeas both tastes good. 


Serving Size          :  4

Soaking Time        : 8 -10 hours 

Preparation Time : 10 minutes

Cooking Time       : 30 minutes

Difficulty Spice Level

Quantity Ingredients for Chana Masala Gravy
1 cup Chickpeas / Chana masala / Kondai Kadalai (200g)

For Chana Masala Base
1 tspOil
2 Onions
1 inch Ginger
4 clovesGarlic
1/2 tspTurmeric powder
1 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Garam Masala powder
2 tsp Coriander powder
2 tsp Red Chili powder
1 tsp  Amchoor powder / Dry Mango powder

For Chana Masala Gravy
2 tbsp  Oil

1 Cinnamon stick, 1 Bay leaf, 3 cloves , 3 cardamom

1/2 tsp Cumin seeds, 3 Green Chilies

Salt to taste

Coriander leaves for garnishing 

Cooking Method

Step 1) Soak chickpeas for 8 hours and pressure cook it for 4-5 whistles on a medium heat with some water and some salt. 

Step 2) Base for the Gravy:
Heat oil in a pan and add onions and saute if for some time, Once the Onions turns translucent add Ginger , Garlic and the masalas -  Turmeric powder, Cumin powder, Garam masala, Coriander powder, chili powder and dry mango powder. Also add some water to prevent the masalas from burning.Finally add tomatoes , cover and cook for 6-7 minutes or until the raw smell of the masala is gone. 

Step 3 ) Grinding:
Once the raw smell is gone turn off the heat and allow it cool. Once cooled grind it to a fine paste. 

Step 4) Chana Masala Gravy:
Heat oil in a pan and add the whole spices - Cinnamon stick, Bay leaf, cloves ,cardamom, Cumin seeds and green chilies. Mix it once and then add the freshly ground masala paste, required salt and once it comes to a boil add the cooked chickpeas along with its water (if there is too much water then reduce the amount of water) 
Mix well and cook for 5 minutes. Mash some of the chickpeas with a masher or with a backside of a tumbler to thicken the gravy. And cook it for a couple of more minutes.

Finally Garnish it with chopped coriander leaves and turn off the heat.

That's it our delicious Channa Masala Gravy is ready to be served with Chapathi, roti and lot more. Please do try the recipe and share your feedback. Happy Cooking and Spread the Joy of Cooking !!!



About Angela Steffi

I am an avid food blogger with a great passion for food. I am always eager to try new recipes and modify recipes and experiment with them. I have two cooking channels on Youtube CLASSIC MASALA HUT (for english recipes) and MADRAS SAMAYAL (for Tamil recipes).


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  2. I have prepared Rajasthani Gatta Curry recipe on a few occasions. But I surely want to try your recipe for the next family gathering. It looks delicious.

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