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Chana Masala

Updated: Nov 26, 2019

Cuisine: Indian

Meal: Lunch or Dinner

Style: Vegan (without yogurt) Main Entrée or Vegetarian (with yogurt) Main Entrée

Yield: 20 servings

Accompaniments: Coconut Basmati Rice or Warm Naan Bread

Chana masala or chole masala is a popular vegetable dish in Indian cuisine. The main ingredient is chickpeas (chana) which are high in protein. It is fairly dry and spicy with a sour citrus note. The dish is found throughout South Asia and is particularly popular in northern India and Pakistan. Chana masala spice can be found at any Indian food store or with the following vendor: Dee Dee’s Indian Grocer (650-861-0380.


Garbanzo, cooked 5 lb

Onion, chopped 2 ea

Ginger, chopped 2 tsp

Green Chilies, chopped 2 ea

Chili Powder 3 oz

Coriander Powder 2 oz

Chana Masala 3 oz

Garam Masala 3 oz

Tomato Paste 2 cup

Oil 4 oz

Cumin Seeds 2 oz

Chopped Cilantro ½ cup

Yogurt (optional) 1 cup


Heat the oil, add the cumin seeds, fry for 20 seconds then add the onion and ginger. Cook for 10 minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for another 5 minutes. Add all the spices including the green chili. Fry for 3 minutes and add the chickpeas. Check the salt and cook for another five minutes. Mix in the chopped cilantro. Garnish with lemon slices and finely chopped red onion. Serve with a side of rice or warm naan bread.

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