Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Chana Masala Recipe - Chole Masala(with coconut) | Side dish for Poori

Chana Masala Recipe
Chana Masala is one sidedish I never get bored of...I vaguely remember ordering chana masala in restaurants as Amma makes the best channa/chole masala according to me. We make both versions one without coconut which I have posted nd this version of chana masala with coconut.  I prefer the non coconut version with rotis and this one with pooris.....sounds weird ?! but thats how I am used to eating :) Chana Batura is a very popular combination but am yet to try my hands with batura am sure to post it here soon hopefully.
Chole Masala Recipe
Mittu loves chana masala too and with the combo of poori she enjoys.Mittus school has closed and next yr she will be into LKG. I still remember the day she joined school for Prekg and here the one year flew by just like a minute.Now lets get on how to make chana masala recipe....
Chana Masala - Chole Masala

Chana Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Preparation Time : 20 mins | Cooking Time : 25 mins | Serves : 2
Recipe Category: Sidedish | Recipe Cuisine: North Indian

Chana - 1 cup
Onion - 1 chopped finely
Tomato puree * - from 2 big tomatoes
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Garam Masala powder - 1/2 tsp
Red Chilli powder - 1/2 tsp
Chana Masala Powder - 1 tsp
Lemon - 1/2
Coriander leaves - 2 tsp finely chopped
Salt - to taste

To grind:

Coconut - 1/2 cup grated
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp

For mixing:

Oil - 1 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/4 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Jeera - 1 tsp

* It is not a must to make tomato puree like the way in the link, you can just grind raw tomatoes to a fine paste and use it for the recipe.


  1. Soak chana overnight or atleast for 8 hrs. Pressure cook for 6-7 whistles or until soft.Keep aside. Grind coconut, fennel seeds along with little water to a fine paste.Set aside.
    How to make chana masala - Step1
  2. Heat oil in a pan - add the items under 'to temper' let it splutter then add ginger garlic paste, onion and fry till onions turn golden brown.Then add tomato puree along with spice powders and required salt.Fry till raw smell of tomatoes leave.
    How to make chana masala  - Step2
  3. Then add coconut paste fry for 3mins then dilute it with water say 3/4-1cup. Allow it to boil till raw smell leaves and the oil starts seperating.
    How to make chana masala  - Step3
  4. Then add boiled chana and allow it to simmer for 5-7mins. Once the gravy is thick garnish with coriander leaves and switch off.
    How to make chana masala  - Step4
Squeeze lemon juice and serve with pooris. Serve with lemon wedges and onions rings.

Chana Masala powder is optional here, you can just skip it and go ahead making it and am sure you will not find any major difference in taste. I am yet to update the stepwise for the old chana masala post, but its already in my todo list so sure to do it soon , yes I will!
Chana Masala Recipe - Side dish for Poori

My Notes:

  • Make sure to cook chana till soft else ti will not absorb the gravy well.
  • The consistency is purely your choice - If you want more like a kuzhambu consistency then switch off accordingly.
  • If you dont have chana masala powder then skip it and increase garam masala powder to 1 tsp.Even without chana masala powder this tastes great as I have made it many times without it.
Easy Chole Masala Recipe

Written by: SHARMILEE J


  1. Wow, I am going to try this version soon!

  2. Delicious and mouthwatering chana masala. Wish I was there to have a taste of it.

  3. This is absolutely tempting! Perfect breakfast idea. Love it

  4. Yours pictures are legendary.. You are doing a great job Sharmilee..

  5. I prepare it for roti this way only. Sometimes, I skip coconut and add additional tomato..Looks super good with puri..

  6. Poori and channa masala makes a wonderful pair,lovely dish.

  7. Yummm.. Ur pix make me drool always... It ws chana masala fr dinner never heard of adding coconut to it.. Ll try ths soon

    Ongoing Event- Mummy Ka Magic

  8. tempting channa combo to poori and chapathi..

  9. The alignment under ingredients list for channa- 1 cup is on the right side..

  10. both are wonderful combination my all time fav one...

  11. i like both the versions with coconut as well as without coconut. yummy pics

  12. Awesome combo, paathale getting hungry, delicious!

  13. This looks really mouthwatering!

  14. Love it . Never tried with coconut !

  15. This looks so appetizing! Pinned!

  16. Such a wonderful combo! Chole..our Sunday lunch recipe!

  17. wow looks so yumm...need to try sooon

  18. Perfectly made & my favourite too!!! Your clicks are making it more tempting :)

  19. looks so delicious, yummy with poori..

  20. Avon Agro.....Just finished my dinner still feel likegrabbing the batturas looks so tempting.

  21. I tried this recipe.. N it was indeed yummy.. Thanks Sharmi :)

  22. Do we need to add 2 tsp ginger garlic paste or 1 tsp

    1. Its 1 tsp...its a typo just updated it

  23. Which chilli powder u r using? Always it luks reddish in color wen u do.. but not fo us..!

    1. I use homemade red chilli powder or sometimes Ashirvad/Nilgiris brand


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