Chana Masala Powder Recipe with step by step pictures and recipe video
What is Chana Masala Powder?
Chana Masala Powder is a mix of spice that introduces flavours to chana masala/chole recipes. This particular chana masala powder is a “one man army”…this spice is enough to spice up your chana masala. Chana masala is a weekly thing at my home. And this Chana Masala Powder is a monthly thing. Every month I prepare a stock of this chana masala powder and make my life easy. The chana masala powder has a longer shelf life but I feel flavors diminish with time and chana masala is a serious affair, I can’t take any chances ;).
Let’s talk about the ingredients for Chana Masala Powder Recipe
There are different spices and different combinations used to make chana masala powder. This one has a nice balance of flavours. The ingredients required are pretty simple and minimalist.
Chana Masala Powder Recipe
Prep time 5 minutes
Cook time Nil
Serving 1 cup
Ingredients for Chana Masala Powder
- 4 bay leaves (tej patta)
- 8 black cardamom (badi elaichi)
- 16-20 cloves (laung)
- 2 inch cinnamon stick (dal chini)
- 2 tsp black peppercorns (sabut kali mirch)
- 6 tsp red chilli powder
- 4tsp coriander powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 4 tbsp dried pomegranate seeds (anaardana) powder
- 2 tsp dry mango (amchur) powder
How to make Chana Masala Powder
1. Grind whole spices
Grind 4 bay leaves, 8 black cardamoms, 2-inch cinnamon stick and 2 tsp black peppercorns and 16-20 cloves.
2. Add other spices
Add 6 tsp red chilli powder, 4 tsp coriander powder, 2 tsp turmeric powder, 2 tsp dry mango powder, 4 tbsp pomegranate seeds.
P.S. I forgot to add red chili powder so I added it later.
Tip: Adding powdered spices to the ground whole spices help in mixing up all the spices. Also if you are making a small batch (for instance in the given pictures I am making just 1/4th of the recipe), by powdered spices will help in grinding the whole spices to a fine powder.
3. Bon appétit
Add 3-4 tbsp chana masala powder to prepare chana masala for 4 persons (approximately when you use 1 cup chickpeas). Do not add any other spices except salt. You can adjust the quantity as per your taste.
- You can dry roast the whole spices and then grind them. Also, you can dry roast the chana masala powder once it is prepared. It gives good results.