Chana masala (Chickpea curry)

    30 min

    This Indian vegetarian curry features a healthy mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, chilli pepper, onion and spices. Both carnivores and vegetarians will enjoy this meal!

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    Serves: 2 

    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 tomato, chopped
    • 1 (2cm) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
    • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, or more to taste
    • 1 green chilli pepper, seeded and chopped (optional)
    • 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 2 bay leaves, or more to taste
    • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
    • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
    • 1 teaspoon garam masala
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
    • 1 pinch salt to taste
    • water as needed
    • 1 (400g) tin chickpeas
    • 1 teaspoon fresh coriander leaves, for garnish, or more to taste

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:30min 

    1. Grind onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and chilli pepper together in a food processor into a paste.
    2. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Fry bay leaves in hot oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour the paste into the pan and cook until the oil begins to separate from the mixture and is golden brown in colour, 2 to 3 minutes. Season the mixture with chilli powder, coriander powder, gram masala, turmeric and salt; cook and stir until very hot, 2 to 3 minutes.
    3. Stir enough water into the mixture to get a thick sauce; bring to the boil and stir chickpeas into the sauce. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the chickpeas are heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with fresh coriander.

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    I just made this tonight. I made some modifications…used a can of tomatoes, 1/2 can diced green chiles, used 1/4 tsp. powdered ginger, added 1/4 tsp. of cayenne, and left out the coriander because I didn't have any. This recipe only took me maybe 15 minutes to make because of the canned ingredients (oh, the canned tomatoes made it so that I didn't have to add water at the end). This tasted wonderful! I go to Indian restaurants often and it definitely rivaled the chana masala I've had there. My husband also loved it. There was enough sauce that I probably could have added another can of chickpeas and it would have still been fine. Thank you for the great recipe!  -  23 Mar 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I just chopped the vegetables, I did not make this into a paste. The taste was hot and spicy, the way I enjoy my food!  -  26 Feb 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Absolutely, fantastically, delicious. My son's East Indian girlfriend gave it her blessing and said it was a very authentic tasting dish. For that, I'm thrilled.  -  21 Mar 2014  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)