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Chana Masala

Chickpea Curry

Chickpea Curry

Chana masala is an Indian chickpea curry ubiquitous at most Indian restaurants around the world. It's delicious, relatively easy to make and vegan. I made this for my daughter who does not like spicy food, so I used paprika instead of Indian red chili powder, which is not too spicy in the first place - so if you tolerate any spice at all, don't be shy to use it. I also happened to have some fenugreek leaves and anchur powder left from other Indian meals - but you probably can omit them without great loss.


Chana Masala


  • 2 Tbsp cooking oil, divided
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1" cinnamon
  • 2 cloves
  • 2 green cardamons
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp crushed garlic
  • 2 tsp crushed ginger
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp red chili powder or paprika
  • pinch turmeric
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 ~15-oz can chickpeas
  • 1/2 tsp dried fenugreek leaves (optional)
  • pinch amchur (optional)


Heat 1 Tbsp oil over in a saute pan over medium heat. Add the bay leaf, cinnamon, cloves and cardamon and saute until fragrant, 30 to 60 second. Remove spices from the pan and set aside.

Add 1 Tbsp oil to the saute pan and turn heat back to medium. Add sliced onions and saute until golden. Add garlic and ginger and saute for 1 minute. Season with salt. Add diced tomatoes and saute for about five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add red chili/paprika and turmeric. Cook for another five minutes. Add the reserved spices, the garam masala and ground coriander and mix well. Continue sauteing until the mixture leaves the sides of the pan. Add the canned chickpeas, including the water in the can. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer around 5 minutes. Taste, and adjust garam masala and salt as needed. Continue simmering for 2 to 3 more minutes. Add the optional fenugreek leaves and amchur, if using. Serve.

Adapted from Swathi's recipe at Indian Healthy Recipes

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