February 19, 2013

Chole Masala / Channa Masala - Chickpeas Curry (vegan)

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Who doesn't love the spicy tangy flavored channa/chole with hot hot Puris,bhatoora,naan or simple phulka rotis.. Ohh..just heavenly !!! I am no exception either. I love to enjoy chole any day.  This is one recipe you can never go wrong ! 

Channa / chole/ chick peas are used widely across South Indian , North Indian Cuisine as well as globally too .At our home we enjoy all delicacies made from chick peas .
You can check out the collection of recipes on my blog where I have used chickpeas in various ways.

Coming to this delicious channa masala or chole masala ,call it the way you like , there are so many different recipes to follow and enjoy the preparation. The channa masala is a classic accompaniment for hot pooris or bhaturas . 

If you are preparing channa or chole masala during Navratri or some festive meal as prasad ,you would want to try my Jain Chole Masala or Chataka chole - both of which are recipes sans Onion and garlic. 

During the mango season , pair some piping hot puris with chole and chilled Aam Ras which is a heavenly combination.  

Just like Poori Bhaji Aamras , Poori Chole and Aamras is another match made in heaven . 

Preparation Time : 10 hours
Cooking time : 45 mins
Serves : 3-4

100 grams kabuli channa/chick peas/garbanzo beans
2-3 tomatoes
1 medium sized onion finely chopped
2 tbsp channa/chole masala (Everest,Badshah,MDH ..any brand)
1 tsp ginger garlic paste
2 cardamoms/elaichi
2 lavang / cloves
1 tsp saunf
1 tsp jeera/cumin seeds
2-3 green chillies
pinch of turmeric
corriander/cilantro - garnish

  • Soak the chick peas/kabuli channa overnight
  • Pressure cook the soaked beans with a pinch of salt until soft.
  • Make a puree of the tomatoes,green chillies and saunf.
  • Heat oil in a wok,add the jeera,cardamoms and elaichi.
  • Saute the onion until light pink.
  • Add the ginger garlic paste and saute until the raw smell is lost.
  • Pour in the tomato puree,turmeric,salt,chole masala and cook until oil separates from the gravy.
  • Add the cooked chole into the gravy,if the gravy feels too thick,you may add some water.
  • Allow it to boil ,till you get very good aroma.
  • Turn off the stove,garnish with cilantro,raw onions and serve with rotis,naan,puri,flavored rice or bhatoora.
  • If you like a little tangy flavor,you may squeeze a dash of lime juice.

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Channa Masala was one of the initially recipes I had posted when I started blogging in 2013. Over the years,the recipe got made several times but sadly the post never got a face-lift.  As the mango season is drawing to a close, we at home enjoyed this lipsmacking dinner and also the old post got a makeover in terms of photos and write up. Do check out this recipe and share your views and thoughts!! 


  1. We just had it yesterday for our lunch, chole masala is so versatile and goes well with almost everything. The recipe came out very good

  2. chole with Puri or bhatura is one of our lunch especially during vacation time for the kids love this a lot, esp topped with more onions / lime on top ! yum - Kalyani

  3. Chole Masala, it is a magical dish at my place, they are never bored of it. Priya, the platter looks tempting.

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