Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Chana Masala Recipe - Easy Chole Masala (without coconut)

Chana Masala is one dish I would love to try different recipes with variations. I loved this easy method of pressure cooking everything together which I learnt from my aunt recently. I have already posted chana masala with coconut a while back and this is another version without coconut....Now you have your choice of choosing between the two :) This goes well poori , rotis or even any mild pulaos.
Chole Masala Recipe

Chana Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 2

Chana - 3/4 cup
Big Onion - 1 small sized chopped finely
Red Chilli Powder - 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Garam masala (or) Chana Masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - just to garnish
Lemon juice - from half a lemon
Water - 2.5 cups in total
Salt - to taste

To saute and grind:

Oil - 2 tsp
Tomatoes - 3 medium sized chopped roughly
Big Onion - 1 medium sized chopped roughly
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 6 cloves
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp

To temper:

Oil - 1.5 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Bayleaf - 1/2
Chana Masala Recipe
Method:
  1. Soak chana overnight or atleast for 8 hours.Pressure cook chana with enough water(say 1.5 cups) for 5 whistles or until soft,Set aside.In a pan heat oil - add onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and saute till mushy and raw smell of tomatoes leaves. Allow it to cool, then add fennel seeds and pepper corns along with this in a mixer.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step1
  2. Grind it to a fine paste.Set aside. In a pressure cooker heat oil - add the items under 'to temper' then add onions and fry till golden brown.Then add the tomato onion paste.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step2
  3. Add the spice powders, mix well.Once the raw smell of masalas leave add chana along with the cooked water to this mixture and pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium flame.Add required salt.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step3
  4. Once done, open and add more water if the gravy is too thick - I added remaining 1 cup water and allowed it to boil in sim for 5mins.Once oil seperates and desired consistency is reached, Garnish with coriander leaves,lemon juice and switch off.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with bhatura / rotis!
Chole Masala Recipe

My Notes:

  • Adjust water according to the consistency you want the gravy to be.
  • Pressure cook chana until soft as in the last stage we are going to cook for just 1 whistle. This way I find the  masalas blend very well with chana.
  • I dont usually add chana masala powder, always use homemade garam masala powder instead.
  • Adding pepper is purely optional, if you dont like the flavour then just skip it.
Chana Masala Recipe


Written by: SHARMILEE J

45 comments:

  1. Yum,I can have the channa masala by itself.Simple recipe,I am definitely trying this soon:)

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  2. Delicious and mouthwatering chana masala.
    Deepa

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  3. Yum yum yummy channa, love the rich color and the texture. Lovely clicks.

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  4. chole masala looks too yummy....

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  5. Gravy looks so creamy and thick....love your pics too.

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  6. gravy looks so thick and yumm..love it,,

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  7. Wow! looks so yumm that too without coconut...lovely texture...

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  8. It looks do yummy, very tempting.. I am definitely going to try this once at home.. http://www.psocial.in/category/food-and-recipes

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  9. simply irrestible. bookmarked

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  10. I too love this channa masala a lot no need to cut veggies yet can get a healthy dish for rotis..you have made it so beautiful sharmi..

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  11. One of my friend makes channa in this way. Smooth gravy perfectly suitable for kids. Nice clicks

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  12. I have tried this recipe,came very well and evryone liked it..followed the procedure as it is...Everyone should this....:) Irresistible taste..

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  13. Tried this recipe and it turned out very tasty.
    Thanks for this yummy Channa Masala recipe !

    Anusha

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  14. Tried this and loved it.
    Thank you for this delicious Channa Masala recipe !!

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  15. It's my favourite .lovely texture and ur recipe is very simple to understand too

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  16. I am going to try this out. I don't make the onion-tomato paste and also don't do the last step pressure-cooking. What I do is take some channa, grind it in the mixie and add it to the gravy. That way the gravy is thick.

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  17. I tried your recipe and the family loved it! Thank you :)
    -Nandini

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  18. I tried your recipe and the family loved it! Thank you :)
    -Nandini

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  19. This came out awesome! I usually make less than average chole masala..but this time! Wow! I cannot wait to get great complements from my hubby!!

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  20. HI sharmi,
    u r simple awesome at ur work...... iam big fan of urs.... whenever i am in confusion what to cook ... ur blog is SOS for me.... whatever i tried from ur recipe index did wonders for me...... thanx..... n keep postng n teaching me.....
    regards yamuna

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  21. Sharmi, the 6 garlic cloves that you add to temper just stay there? I don't want to eat a whole clove thinking it's chick pea!

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    1. I used the garlic for sauteing and grinding along with onion and tomato so it will not stay as whole....Please check the method again :)

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  22. superb recipe.,i did this., it came out very well.thank you.

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  23. hi.. I have cooked channa many time, but the idea of using fennel is a good idea and am sure will enhance the taste and aroma of the channa

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  24. hi.. I have cooked channa many time but the idea of adding fennel is very nice as im sure it would enhance the flavor and aroma of the dish itself

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  25. Referring to the ingredients section..... do you mean 3 or 4 cups of chana or 3/4th cup of chana ? Also 3/4 of soaked chana or unsoaked chana because the size differs after soaking it.

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    1. It is 3/4 cup..And please go through the first step...I have clearly mentioned to pressure cook...so is 3/4 cup uncooked chana

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  26. Just tried the recipe... Loved it...
    I had to make modifications as my chana to gravy propotion was not right as my maid had put in the chana for cooking and i dumped the whole chana from the cooker into my pan..
    But none the less.. it turned out Good.. and i am sure that with the right proportions it would have been a winner..
    Thank you soo much for the wonderful recipe.. :)

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  27. I tried this recipe today al my family member liked it :) it came out very wel ::)

    Thanks sharmiee :)

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  28. I tried out. The outcome was excellent. Im new to Indian cuisine. Its very much easy to follow the steps.

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  29. I tried this recipe yesterday and it came out so well.....I am basically very bad at cooking and could'nt believe it came out so fine.... I am going to try all your recipes going forward.... Thanks a lot Sharmi... this is going change my life

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  30. After grinding the masala to paste should i use again the garlic cloves ,fennel seeds and pepper again while tempering will it not have a strong masala taste.

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    1. For tempering its a very small quantity so it will not give a strong flavour....

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  31. Thanks for sharing this. This turned out wonderfully yummy!!

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  32. Tried this 2nd time. It was awesome. My daughter n husband both enjoyed. Thanks a ton!

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  33. Sharmi u added gariic , fennel seeds and pepper in tempering instead of adding it in saute and grind . Change it .

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  34. I too had cooked chana, yet to post...but your method is different...nice post

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  35. Hey sharmi, my hubby loved it 10/10 :) Thanks for sharing. I used marati moggu, star anise, black elakkai while seasoning, jeera powder and little kasoori methi for the final boil..

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  36. Hey sharmi, colourful channa, give the onion and tomotto in grams

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