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Easy Chana Masala Recipe

Easy Chana Masala recipe using chana masala powder. Hearty Indian Chickpea curry.

  • Total Time: 4 hours
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • 1 1/2 cups chickpea chana
  • 2 tablespoon oil
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 3 medium sized onions, chopped
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 2 inch piece ginger
  • 56 ripe medium tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon chana masala powder
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oil in a pan and add in the cinnamon and the cumin seeds. Let it splutter. Add in the chopped onions. Fry till onions are soft and starting to brown.
  2. Add in the ginger garlic paste. Fry for a minute.
  3. Puree 5-6 tomatoes in a blender and add it to the pan. Add in the salt, turmeric, chilli powder, coriander powder and Chana Masala powder. You can use any store bought Chana Masala powder.
  4. Add in the cooked chickpea along with the water if any. Add in 1 cup of water and cover the pan with a lid and let it simmer on low flame for 40 minutes until thick. Keep stirring once every 10 minutes, so it does not scorch at the bottom.
  5. Once the gravy is thick, remove off heat.
  6. Serve hot.
  • Author: Kannamma - Suguna Vinodh
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Side dish
  • Cuisine: Indian
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