Chana masala

Chana Masala is a popular vegetarian dish from India. It is made with chickpeas, also known as chana, and a blend of spices and herbs, such as cumin, coriander, turmeric, and garam masala. The dish is often garnished with fresh cilantro and lemon juice.

Chana masala over white rice with fresh cilantro and a squeezed lime on the side.

About this recipe

Chana Masala is usually served with rice, naan bread, or roti and is a staple dish in many Indian households. It can be found in restaurants worldwide and is a popular dish among vegetarians and vegans due to its high-protein content from chickpeas.

There are many variations of Chana Masala, and different regions of India have their own unique take on the dish. Some recipes include tomatoes, while others use yogurt or coconut milk to create a creamy texture. Overall, Chana Masala is a flavorful and nutritious dish that many people worldwide enjoy.

Chickpeas, onions, garlic, ginger, oil, spices and tomato pure, serrano peppers on a mise on place with

CHANA MASALA INGREDIENTS

  • Vegetable oil. You can use any vegetable oil or coconut oil or ghee (there is vegan ghee)
  • Onion, ginger, and garlic. Chop the garlic and onion as finely as you can and grate the ginger with a zester (lemon zest grater)
  • Spices, I use ground spices, but you can still use seeds. You can get garam masala online or in the spice section of your supermarket. If you want, you can add a teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Chickpeas. You can use cooked at home or canned. I use a can.
  • Tomato puree, use natural or canned tomatoes. If you use natural tomato, you have to let it cook longer.
  • Green Indian chiles, but if you can’t use jalapeños or serrano chiles, totally optional.

HOW TO MAKE CHANA MASALA

Start by seasoning the garlic and onion. When they are beginning to brown, add the ginger and spices. Leave for 30 seconds maximum.

Add the chickpeas, tomato, and serrano pepper. Let cook for a few more minutes until the chickpeas are heated and combined with the spices mixture. Add salt to taste and mix well.

HOW TO SERVE CHANA MASALA

Serve hot over white rice with fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of lime juice. You can also serve it with naan on the side. Or, if you want something healthier, serve it over quinoa or brown rice.

Chana masala on a dark green dish with white rice and topped with cilantro.

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Chana masala

Alejandra Graf
Chana masala is a vegetarian dish from India that is made from chickpeas (also known as chana) cooked in a spicy tomato and onion sauce. It is a very popular preparation in Indian cuisine and can be found in Indian restaurants around the world.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 8 servings
Calories 137 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 10-12 in skillet

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon garam masala
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 piece fresh ginger grated, about a tablespoon
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas, 2 cans drained save the liquid
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1 serrano chile
  • 2 teaspoons Kosher salt

Instructions
 

  • Start by seasoning the garlic and onion. When they are beginning to brown, add the ginger and spices. Leave for 30 seconds maximum.
    Add the chickpeas, tomato, and serrano pepper. Let cook for a few more minutes until the chickpeas are heated and combined with the spices mixture. Add salt to taste and mix well.

Notes

You can start by putting less chana masala and gradually testing.
If it’s too thick, add a little water, like 1/4 cup.
If you want to save Chana Masala put it in a container when it is cold. Store in the refrigerator for 3 days or freeze for up to three months.
To reheat, put it in a pan with a little water or heat it in the microwave. Adjust the seasoning and serve with fresh cilantro and lemon juice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 137kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 7gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.5gSodium: 606mgPotassium: 503mgFiber: 6gSugar: 7gVitamin A: 361IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 3mg
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