chana masala

Best Ever Chana Masala Recipe

What is Chana Masala?

It is flavourful chickpeas or chole curry which has the heat of chilies, sharpness of garlic, subtle flavor of fenugreek leaves i.e. Kasuri methi. There are many chickpeas curry recipes on the blog ranging from pindi chole to chole without onion garlic. This is, however, my favorite recipe till date because with its first bite lots of flavors burst in the mouth and all of them are perfectly balanced! This is the kind of chana masala which is served at restaurants, the good ones!! Do try this recipe as it is

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Let’s talk about the Ingredients for Chana Masala

Chana masala calls for chickpeas i.e. white chana or kabuli chana. I prefer to use smaller chickpeas. However, what is important is that chickpeas should be properly soaked and cooked. We all know the cooking time of the chickpeas we use. So you can adjust the timing accordingly. An onion tomato based gravy is prepared for chana masala recipe. It has the flavor of garlic and many other dry spices.

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How To Make Chana Masala

1. In a pressure cooker add 1 cup soaked chickpeas (Kabuli chana), 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, and salt to taste

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2. Add 2 cups water and pressure cook on low flame after 1 whistle for 12 minutes

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3. Let the pressure release

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4. Check chickpeas for doneness. Keep aside for now

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5. Heat 3 tbsp oil and add 2 small bay leaves. Cook for 30 seconds

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6. Add 2 medium sized chopped onions

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7. Cook until onions become light brown

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8. Add 1 tbsp minced garlic.

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9. Cook for 1-2 minutes or till raw smell of garlic goes away

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10. Add 1 tsp red chili powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp amchur, 1 tsp garam masala, and 2 tsp Kasturi methi

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11. Cook for 1 minute

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12. In a grinder jar add 3 medium sized tomatoes, 1 inch chopped ginger and 1 green chili

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13. Make a smooth paste

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14. Add paste to the onions garlic mix

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15. Cover with lid

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16. Cook for till oil oozes

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17. Add boiled chickpeas in the gravy

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18. Cover with lid and cook for 8-10 minutes

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19. Check seasoning and consistency

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20. Bon Appetit: Serve chana masala with bread bhatura

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Hi! I am CA Vini Mehta. A Chartered Accountant by profession, a food blogger by passion! First of all, I would like to thank you for stopping by at Viniscookbook, I hope you have a good time. Here, yo...u will find the recipes which have been tried, at times re-tried in my kitchen and relished on the dining table. I am mother of two kids and the wife of a person with a high and selective taste sense, so basically anything, before finding its place on the blog, has many levels to cross and clear. This journey started a couple of years back. Before that I was making the most usual kind of food. The only experiment used to be asking my mother how to make something new or different☺. Then, one day, I tried a recipe for butter cookies. And they did not get to go in the container as they were over before I could store them. That day I was introduced to the joy of experimenting with recipes. And I loved everything else that followed especially garnishing and photographing food. I am still not well versed with the photography dos and don’ts but I love to experiment and learn, be it photography or cooking. Hope you too enjoy this journey as much as I do☺! Stay healthy, stay tuned!.

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