Sunday 4 August 2013

Chana Masala/Chole Masala

Hello Friends,
Wish you all a very “Happy Friendship Day”, I hope you all are having a great day and a great week end. Here’s a very famous chana masala/chole masala which we find in all the Indian restaurants. It is very healthy and protein packed dish that can be served with rotis or just with a bowl of rice.

Here’s how to make Chana/Chole Masala with step by step photos…

Chana/Chickpeas/Garbanzo beans
2 cups
1 finely chopped
Red chilli powder
1 ½ tsp
Coriander powder
2 tsp
Garam masala powder
1 tsp
Turmeric powder
½ tsp
Coriander leaves
2 tbsp finely chopped
As needed

For Grinding
2 chopped
2 large chopped
Ginger & Garlic paste
2 tsp
Cumin seeds
1 tsp
2 tsp

For Tempering
Fennel seeds/Sombu
1 tsp
Cinnamon sticks
2 (1 inch) sticks
Bay leaves
2 leaves
1 tsp
Preparation time:10-15 min
Cooking time: 3o min
Serves: 4-6


Soak the chana/chickpeas overnight and pressure cook it for 3 whistles and save the cooked water.

Heat oil in a kadai, add cumin seeds followed by onions, saute the onions until golden brown.

Add tomatoes and saute for 2-3 min,  followed by ginger and garlic paste. Cook them well until they turn mushy.

Switch off the stove. Cool it and blend it to fine paste and keep the puree aside for later.

Heat oil in a pan, add fennel seeds, bay leaves, cinnamon sticks and saute until nice aroma comes out.  Add finely chopped onions and saute until golden brown.

Add the ground puree, when it starts to boil add the red chilli powder, coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt. Let it cook until raw smell goes off and oil starts to leave the sides of the pan.

Now add the cooked chana/chickpeas and the water, cook for another 15 to 20 min or pressure cook for one whistle.

Finally add the chopped coriander leaves and stir it well. Adjust the consistency according to your requirement.

Delicious chana masala/chole masala is ready to be served. Serve it warm with rotis, puris, chapathis or a bowl of white rice.

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  1. Very Very Happy Friendship's Day !

    வழக்கம்போல் படங்களும் செய்முறை விளக்கங்களும் அருமையோ அருமை.

    எதையும் நல்லமுறையில் திட்டமிட்டு அழகாகச் செய்ய, மண்டையில் மஸாலா [அறிவு] இருக்கணும் என்று இங்கு எங்கள் ஊரில் சொல்லுவார்கள்.

    உங்களுக்கு அது நிறையவே உள்ளது என்பதை.இந்த மஸாலா பதிவின் மூலம் நிரூபித்து விட்டீர்கள். ;)))))

    பாராட்டுக்கள். வாழ்த்துகள். பகிர்வுக்கு நன்றிகள்.

  2. This is one of my favourits..

    Keep in touch,

  3. Happy Friendship day dear.. Chole masala is my favourite.. Yours look inviting..

  4. Use of fennel is interesting , never tried it with chile.

  5. Happy Friendship Day Priya !!!!!Channa masala looks awesome and delicious..tempting clicks..

  6. Happy Friendship day to you too Priya. Oh yes, this is a very popular dish, have been shared by so many bloggers and found in almost every other Indian restaurants. Its my fav too because of the involvement of the spices and the delicious outcome.

  7. Looks yummy and delicious. Never used fennel before. I will definitely try this

  8. fennel makes it more flavorful looks so delicious dear :) tempting me :)

  9. Yet another favorite Priya.Hot and spicy bowl :)Happy friendship day to you :)

  10. Very delicious chole Priya, yummy and mouth watery.

    today's post:

  11. Perfect side dish for any flat bread.. Wow.. Lovely..

  12. Love this chole masala with anything, yep even with some toasted bread slices.

  13. One of my fave, looks delicious.

  14. Happy friendship day to you Priya!!! Very delicious, tempting and nice clicks!

  15. Delicious chole, looks so yummy.

  16. Happy friendship day....Nicely done..lovely texture of chana masala..

  17. Happy friendship day to u...Super tempting chole masal,wish to have with batura...

  18. channa masala looks that orange colour that enhances the richness of the grayv

  19. Delightful recipe!! My favorite dish !! We prepare it atleast once in a week !!

  20. It looks great...would love to have it for breakfast with puris/bhaturas

  21. Looks so yummy.. Love the double addition of onions.. I normally dont do so !! Liked the way u decorated them with tomato slices, restaurant like ;)

  22. wow yum yum.... great with kulchas..

  23. Thank you all very much for your wonderful and sweet comments...

  24. Tempting chole...thanks to link this recipe to my event...

  25. very tempting and delicious!! Thanks for linking it to my event!! Looking for more yummy recipes!! please add the logo..



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