Chana Masala

I'm posting a dish after such a long time, and yet my mind is totally blocked and I can't think of anything to write about. Am just really glad that the weekend is here and since we have no plans whatsoever I'm gonna spend all my time watching movies and reading a steaming romantic novel :)...yup, right now that's my idea of a relaxed weekend. Onto the recipe now.....

1.5 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

1tbs oil
2 medium onions (200 gms), sliced
4 green chillies, fc
1 heaping tbs fc ginger
2 big garlic cloves, fc
2 big tomatoes (300 gms)
1 tsp red chilli powder
1/4 tsp turmeric powder
2 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp amchur (dry mango powder)
1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
salt to taste

Cook the chickpeas in sufficient water, some turmeric and salt until   well done, you must be able to mash it with the back of your spoon.
Saute the onion in the oil until it begins to turn golden. Add the ginger and garlic and green chilies and fry for a minute. Add the tomatoes and cook until the tomatoes turn soft.
Cool slightly and grind to a smooth paste.
Return to the pan, on medium heat and add all the spice powders and salt. Mix well and cook on low heat for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and cook, mashing them as you stir, until the oil separates.
Add the spice powders and fry for a minute.
Now add the chickpeas, and enough water as per desired gravy consistency.
Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 5 mins on medium low heat.
Stir in the cilantro and seve hot along with puris, rotis or any other bread.

Sending this to MLLA - Twelfth Helping hosted by Apu of Annarasa,event by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook.

Happy Weekend!!


  1. Healthy and yummy chole! Loved the addition of amchur. Need to try that next.

  2. channa masala looks delicious poornima, never made it with these many spices.:)

  3. What a coincidence i just posted chana masala yesterday!! your version looks delicious, will try out!

  4. nice and yummy recipe looks so delicious.

  5. Delicious looking chana masala....goes perfect with puri or are tempting me.

  6. lovely lovely diah poornima.. !

  7. lovely lovely diah poornima.. !

  8. Steamy romantic novel??? I would rather have a hot bath than read those things -yes, I am old sighs. Chole in any form is appreciated!

  9. Hmm,,yummmy to have this with roti:)

  10. Nice dish Poornima...looks delicious :)

  11. Looks so delicious Poornima ...

  12. Delicious chole Poornima!!!my all time fav!

  13. Channa masala is one of my favoutite legume and this looks super yumm.
    Our weekedn are really booring as my daughter is having her finals .

  14. Delicious Channa Masala,I too like to add amchur to some gravies to give it a nice taste.

  15. Looks so delicious. Feel like reaching for it from your photo.

  16. I just told Sweatha, but let me tell you again : I love chickpeas in anything. But specially chana masala. Lovely recipe.

  17. The chickpeas sound delicious with this masala.

  18. That chickpea curry looks really tasty!

  19. chana looks lovely!!
    I love chana very much!!

    First time here....nice blog!!

  20. of my favourites!

  21. channa looks yummy.. perfect color... love it bhel puri...

  22. Hi there Poornima,

    Thanks for the recipe, I tired it today. It was fantastic. Thanks a lot, will try other dishes too.



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