Chana Masala

Prep + Cooking time: 35 mins

Serves: 4


– Chickpeas cans – 14 oz – 2 or Chickpeas soaked in water for at-least 6 hrs

– Onions – 1 large

– Green Chillies – 4

– Tomatoes – 1 large or 2 medium sized – finely diced

– Ginger-Garlic paste – 3/4 tsp

– Cumin seeds – 1 tsp

– Mustard seeds – 1/2 tsp

– Cloves – 4

– Cinnamon sticks – 1 or 2

– Turmeric powder – 1 tsp

– Red Chilli powder – 2 tsp

– Salt – 1n1/2 tsp or to taste

– Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

– Lime juice – 1n1/2 tsp

– Coriander/Cilantro

1. Empty the chickpeas from the cans into a bowl. Rinse well under cold water and keep it aside.

2. In a wide skillet/pressure cooker, heat about 3 tsps of oil. Add cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cloves, cinnamon sticks and saute for a minute or two until they start to splutter.

3. Now, add the chopped onions and green chillies to the skillet and saute for a few minutes until the onions are translucent enough.

4. When the onions are done, add ginger-garlic paste and saute for a minute. Now, add turmeric, red-chilli powder, coriander powder, salt and saute for about 3 to 4 minutes.

5. Add the finely diced tomatoes to the pot. Cover and cool until the tomatoes are very tender.

6. Now, add the chickpeas to the skillet. Mix well; Cover and cook for at-least 25 mins until the chickpeas are really tender. (Using a pressure cooker is quicker. I just add 1/2 cup water and let it cook for 1 whistle in a cooker.)

7. Finally, add few coriander leaves and lime juice and give it a quick mix.

8. Garnish with some chopped onions and coriander leaves.

Serve it with puri, roti, naan or pulav and your family or guests will be asking for more of this spicy and yummy dish.