Channa Masala


    Channa Masala (Chickpeas)

    Recipe type: Yield: 4 Prep time: Cook time: Total time:

    This dish of chickpeas in a spicy coating can also be found under the name Chole Masala.They are usually served with a puffy fried flat bread called a bhatura, but they also work very well just with a bowl of buttered boiled rice.


    2 Cans Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
    1 Red Onion (sliced thinly)
    1 Inch Fresh Ginger (pureed)
    3 Cloves Garlic (pureed)
    3 Serrano Green Chili (deseeded and pureed)
    1 Tsp Ground Cumin
    1 Tsp Ground Corriander
    1 Tsp Turmeric
    1 Tsp Red Chili Powder
    1 Tsp Salt
    1 Tsp Sugar
    3 Large Tomatoes (deseeded and finely chopped)
    1 Cup Water or Vegetable Stock
    ½ Lemon (Juice)
    ½ Cup Cilantro Leaf (finely chopped)
    Vegetable oil for cooking


    1. Bring the vegetable oil to heat in a large saucepan.
    2. Add the onions and cook until golden brown.
    3. Add the ginger and cook for 1 minute
    4. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute
    5. 1. Add the serrano chili and cook for 1 minute.
    6. 2.Add the dry spices, salt and sugar and combine well. If the spices begin to stick, add a tablespoon of water.
    7. 3. Add the chopped tomatoes. Cover the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until the tomatoes have broken down.
    8. 4. Add the vegetable stock and simmer 8-10 minutes until the sauce reduces to a thick consistency.
    9. 5. Add the chickpeas and the chopped cilantro leaf (reserving some for garnish)
    10. 6. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.
    11. 7. Add the lemon juice and serve garnished with the remaining cilantro leaf.

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