Thursday, April 3, 2008


Chana masala or chole masala is a very popular North Indian dish in which the main ingredient is chickpeas.It has some spicy and tangy taste that goes very well with Indian flat bread.It can be made dry or with some gravy.

This is my entry to cook sister's Waiter, there's something in my... pulses! event

UPDATE:- Round up for the waiter there is something in my.....event is finally out


White chana/garbanzo beans/chick peas cooked-2 cups or 1 can

onions-1 medium size, chopped fine

tomatoes-1 medium size, diced fine

whole cinnamon stick-1

whole cardamam-2 nos

cloves-3-4 nos

whole mace-1 tsp

cumin seed-1 tsp

gin-garlic -1 tbsp(freshly grated)

green chillies-3 nos ,chopped fine
curry leaves

turmeric-1 tsp

red chilli pdr-1 tsp

amchur-1 tsp (mango pdr)

coriander pdr-1 tbsp

cumin pdr-1 tsp

garam masala-1 tsp

coriander leaves-for garnish l

lemon juice-1 tsp

sugar- a pinch

salt to taste

ghee/oil-1 tbsp


First if you are using dry chick peas then soak them overnight.Then cook it in pressure cooker with some salt.In a pan pour little ghee, add cinnamon stick,cloves,mace,cardamam,cumin seeds,gin-garlic paste and onions.When the onions get slightly cooked add turmeric pdr,salt,curryleaves,green chillies and amchur pdr.When its fully cooked add tomatoes,red chilli pdr,coriander pdr,cumin pdr,and garam masala pdr.If the masala gets slightly dry sprinkle little water and let it cook.When the raw smell of onion and tomato is gone,remove the cinnamon stick and cardamam pods from it and keep it aside and transfer rest of the mixture into a blender and grind it smoothly.Pour this mixture back into the pan along with the cinnamon stick and cardamam pods.Add the cooked chick peas and let it simmer and come to a boil.Add a pinch of sugar.Garnish with coriander leaves and some lemon juice. Serve hot with any Indian flat bread and some sliced onions.


Dhivya said...

great the combo

Seena said...

I like chapathis than rice, now I want to make chapathis seeing it with chana... here it is lunch time.. :)

SMN said...

luks really yummy nad perfect entry.

ANJALI J. said...

Sounds delicious! This recipe reminds me of my dear friend Jenny who loved this so much that she would ask me prepare it for her every month she visited me :) thanks!

sandhya said...

great entry... chana masala looks yum...

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious, something that can be pretty easily made from stuff you'd generally have in your pantry anyway.

Uma said...

nothing can beat the taste of chana masala. Yours look simply delicious. Nice entry. I loved your clicks of amazing growth. Good ones.

Rupa said...

Your Chole looks yummy.....Guess what??Even I have Chole and Chapatis for lunch today..Great entry

Mansi Desai said...

This is my quickets and tastiest meal idea:) looks good ranji!

Divya Vikram said...

Looks delicious..A perfect combo with chapathis

Madhavi said...

Looks awesome..nice entry:))

ranji said...

Thank u so much everyone!!!

seena even i prefer chapathi's to rice especially for dinner.very healthy too..

anjali..i am happy to know this dish reminded u of some nice memories of ur friend.well that must have given u an excuse to make this:)

Jeanne said...

Oh yum! I love chana masala - it's one of my all-time favourite comfort foods! If the weather carries on being as snowy here in London as it was over the weekend, I can see this dish appearing on the menu this week!

Thanks for paticipating in WTSIM and I hope to post the roundup in the next day or so.

shaikh said...

nice and very authentic recipes for BHATURA as long as i know it. thanks for such wonderful picture.