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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Home Style Chana Masala Recipe

Nothing can beat the combo of channa/chole masala with rotis. I luv it with pooris too :) I have already jotted down black channa gravy with coconut so here is my no coconut version which we make with white channa and its our family favourite too.
Channa / Chole Masala Recipe

Channa Masala Recipe:
Serves 2

  • White Chick peas /Channa - 1 cup
  • Onion - 1/2 small chopped finely
  • Tomato - 1/2 small chopped finely
  • Ginger garlic paste - 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder 1 tsp
  • Garam masala powder / Channa Masala powder - 1 tsp
  • Turmeric powder 1/4 tsp
  • Salt - as required
  • Coriander leaves - 2 tbsp
  • Lemon Juice - 1 tsp
  • Oil - 1 tbsp
To saute and grind:
  • Tomato - 2 big sized
  • Onion - 1 big sized
  • Cloves - 1/4 inch piece
  • Cinnamom - 1
  • Fennel(Sombu) - 1 tsp
  • Boiled channa - 2 tbsp [No need to saute]

Channa / Chole Masala Recipe

  1. Soak channa overnight and pressure cook until soft,with enough water just allowing channa to immerse. Drain water, transfer to a bowl and keep aside.
  2. Heat a wide bottomed pan with 1/2 tsp of oil, Add the ingredients under 'to grind' except boiled channa and saute until tomatoes are slighty mushy. Then grind it to a thick paste with boiled and keep aside.
  3. Now in the same kadai add remaining oil, add ginger garlic paste and fry till raw smell leaves. Now add the onion and fry till transparent.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes,onion and salt. Add red chilli, turmeric and garam masala/channa masala powders, mix well. Saute and mix well till the masala powders are nicely coated with tomato and onion.
  5. Add the grinded tomato onion paste to the cooking gravy and fry in low flame for 5 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and cooked channa to the gravy. Simmer and allow it to cook for 5-10 mins.
  6. Keep stirring, when the gravy is thick enough or to ur desired consistency, switch off. Garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves, raw onion and lemon juice. Enjoy it with hot rotis or bhaturas!

Bread Channa Recipe
You can pair with bread , add raw onions, garnish with coriander leaves and have your bread channa in chat style.

My Notes:
  • While grinding onions and tomatoes we can even grind it raw but sauting and grinding it to a paste enhances the flavour.
  • Garnish with finely chopped raw onions only while serving to retain the crunchiness.
  • Adjust water according to the thickness of the gravy. As channa is also added while grinding the gravy will be creamy and thick.
Channa / Chole Masala Recipe


  1. Fingerlicking channa masala, gorgeous looking dish..

  2. i have never used coconut in chole masala. your version looks nice. rotis look so soft.

  3. chole masala luks delicious...Love the combo with chapathi...Especially the rotis luks very soft...Wounderful clicks.

  4. Looks gorgeous! Awesome clicks and nice recipe for the chole!

  5. Lovely channa recipe. Great post :)

  6. Thats a perfect combo..I love chole too...

  7. Fingerlicking chana masala, slurp!! nice recipe with less work and great flavors..

    US Masala

  8. love the big (gundu ) channa.very yummy recipe and gorgeous click.
    i tooo love the addition of fennel seeds to channa

  9. lovely presentation with great flavors..

    do visit mine..when time permits..

    Tasty Appetite

  10. looks superb my dear...n i especially like it topped with chopped onion as u have done ....super yummy

  11. Channa looking wonderful dear! I'd love to try this recipe..

  12. Your version sounds great..super yummy and beautiful clicks

  13. Lovely presentation..Would love to have this delicious chana masala with pooris and batura..

  14. Wow.. fantastic recipe. Sounds simple and yummy :)Super good pictures too. Love the first one the most :) tempting

  15. Beautiful presentation Sharmi...absolutely delicious

  16. Love chole anytime wid anything...looks really yummy..nicely captured pics..

  17. beautifully prepared recipe, looks yum

  18. Chole masala looks finger-looking good.. bookmarked..

    Aaha Oho

  19. Lovely clicks and a delicious spread of channa.

  20. I love white chick peas too and this seems like a delish u have here!
    r masala wada seems like an amazing snack too!

  21. Love channa ..nice pictures...:)

  22. I am so in love with chickpeas...great source of vegan protein and a gazillion other nutrients! Thanks for sharing this recipe...looks really delish!

  23. I tried this today.. very delicious.. Thanks for your recipes and they turn out yummy

  24. Tried this today... It was delicious and the trick of grinding 2tbsp of channa with onion and tomatoes gives a completely different taste. I added both garam masala as well as chole masala as i like my gravy to have more spice.

  25. I have made this recipe a few times now and it has been fab everytime. Thanks for the recipe!

  26. I tried this and came out well .... became little spicy for my hubby but i loved it!!!!! Thanks for the recipe......

  27. i tried this today... it turned out really good..... my hubby didnt even need rotis toh have it.... he liked it soo much that he was having it with a spoon.. :)

  28. Perfect Chana! Havetried many recipes for chana, this came the closest to what you get in hotels! Thanks!

  29. I tried it and came out soo nice:-)Thanks Sharmi:-)


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