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Easy Chana Masala Recipe

How to make chana masala recipe step by step photos and video. Best ever restaurant style Punjabi chana masala or chole Masala recipe
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: north indian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Rekha Kakkar


  • 250 grams Chickpeas dried
  • 1 big onion (ground into paste)
  • 3 tomatoes (blended into paste)
  • 2 tablespoon coriander powder dhania powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin powder jeera powder
  • 1 tablespoon chana masala powder
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon ginger garlic paste adrak lehsun
  • 1 teaspoon red chilli powder lal mirch
  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder haldi
  • 1 teaspoon fenugreek leaves (dried) kasuri methi
  • 1 teaspoon pomegranate seed powder
  • 1 teabag


  • Wash and soak chickpeas overnight. Discard water and pressure cook the chickpeas in 3 cups of water for 20 minutes along with tea bag and ½tsp salt.
  • If you are not using pressure cooker chickpeas will take almost one hour when cooked covered with a lid.
  • Dry Roast whole spices on medium heat for 4-5 minutes till they are fragrant. Let them cool down and grind. Keep the powder aside.
  • Now take 2 tablespoon of oil in thick bottomed pan and add minced ginger to the pan.
  • Cook it for about minute and then add sliced onion to the pan.
  • Let the onion become brown, which will take 6-7 minutes on medium heat and add chopped tomatoes.
  • Cook tomatoes and onion mixture for 2-3 more minutes and add all the spice powders including chana masala powder. cook the masalas for a minute or two and add boiled chickpeas, save the water in which chickpeas were boiled.
  • Coat chickpeas well with masala and keep mashing some of them along the way ( It helps to thicken the gravy)
  • Finally add all the water to the pan and cover and let the choley or chana masala simmer for 10 minutes or so.
  • Switch off the heat and serve hot with your favorite breads.


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