Jan 17, 2012

Chana Masala Recipe / Chole Masala Recipe


I love chana masala..It is my all time favorite, I love it with battura or poori....We make channa masala often because everyone in my house loves it..I have another version of chana masala in my blog..You can check it here..


I make this often, but never do it with store bought chana masala powder..Somehow I don’t like it so much..I always use the spices which are available in my house or make my own masala powder..This recipe is something special because I made my own masala powder by roasting and grinding fresh spices..We had it with roti and it tasted awesome..I had some leftover,so we had it with plain sponge dosa the next day and it tasted even better..So please try it…


Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins + 30 mins for cooking chana
Serves : 6 to 7

Ingredients:

Chana / Kabuli Chana / Chickpeas – 2 cups
Onion – 1 large sliced
Tomatoes – 2 large chopped
Ginger -1 inch piece
Garlic – 5 cloves
Kasuri Methi leaves / Dried Fenugreek leaves – 2 tblspn
Salt to taste
Oil- 4 tblspn
Coriander Leaves / Cilantro – 3 tblspn chopped
Lemon Juice – 2 tsp

For Chana Masala Powder:

Cinnamon / Pattai– 1 small stick
Cardamom / Yelakai – 5
Cloves / Krambu – 4
Whole Pepper / Mulu Milagu – 1 tsp
Cumin Seeds / Jeerakam -1 tsp
Coriander Seeds / Thania / Malli -1 tblspn
Dry Red Chilli – 2

Method:

Soak Channa overnight or upto 8 hours. Drain it and add it to pressure cooker with salt and cook it for 4 whistle, then simmer it for 20 mins. Turn off the heat, let the steam go all by itself. Now open the cooker and set aside.

Now start by making masala..Dry roast all ingrediants given in the list till nice aroma comes.Remove it to a plate and allow it to cool down. Now grind it into fine powder.

Heat 2 tblspn oil in a kadai. Add ginger, garlic and onion. Fry this till golden.

Now add in tomatoes and cook till it turn mushy.Put it in the blender and make into a fine paste.

Now heat 2 tblspn of oil and the ground masala and cook for 3 mins.. Add the ground masala and mix well..Fry that for 3 mins.

Add the cooked channa along with any water in there and add some additional water to make the gravy.

Now take 4 ladleful of this gravy along with channa into a blender and make into a fine paste.

Add this to the gravy and mix well..Add salt and kasuri methi leaves and mix well..

Bring this to a boil and simmer it for 15 mins untill oil floats on top.

Garnish with cilantro and lemon juice.

Serve hot with roti.

Pictorial:
Take all your ingredients
Ingredients u need for roasting
start roasting
till it changes colour
remove it and allow it to cool down
now put it in a blender
and powder it..This is your chana masala powder
Channa is cooked
till soft
heat oil
add garlic and ginger
add onions
Keep sauteing
saute till brown
add tomatoes
and mix well
take it in a blender
and make into a puree
heat oil
add the masala
and mix well
add the powder
and mix well
add in the cooked channa
and mix well..
take 3-4 ladles of this and put into a blender
allow it to cool a little
and blend it
add that in to the gravy
season with salt
and add your main ingredient kasuri methi leaves
let it come to a boil
cover and simmer
till oil floats on top
garnish with cilantro
and a squeeze of lemon
mix well..DONE


Serve

88 comments:

  1. Yummy curry :) I LOVE the way you present

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  2. Xcellent presentation.....love this recipe

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  3. Wow, you have a great blog here! This looks delicious!

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  4. chole is my fav too dear..best combo with chapati n puri i love the gravy. n ur just tempting me.....

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  5. Aarthi, it's breakfast time here, but my mouth is watering and I can't get your Channa Masala off my mind. It looks incredible!!

    Jenn

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  6. wow..the chana masala looks delicious...and yummy......love the steps...i will try this method next time...nice recipe..

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  7. mouthwatering preperation dear.......lovely recipe

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  8. Looks so delicious and yummy....perfect with roti or bhatura.

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  9. I love the sound of your masala powder...this sounds like a delicious dish! =)

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  10. yummy yummy n now my tummy hungry ... for this

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  11. My mouth is watering here. Loved the color the masala brght to the chana. You can try adding a tea bag to the chana when cooking in the cooker, gives a rich brown color to the chana as well.
    Love Ash.

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  12. Chole Masala looks very tasty. I like the way you have prepared. Yum Yum!!

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  13. nice recipe..perfect with roti..looks so yummy!

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  14. Everyone in our home loves cholay! I am always on the look out for a good channa masala recipe but they always use the store bought chaat masala that I don't like. Love how you make your own...bookmarking this! Thx for sharing!

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  15. mm am drooling over here..super channa masala!!

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  16. Hi Aarthi! Its lovely to know you make your own chana masala! I usually use readymade powder. Will try using ur method next time :)
    -http://foodiliciousnan.wordpress.com

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  17. Delicious and tempting chana masala. Excellent meal.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  18. I love chole too. and the pictorial is so easy to follow

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  19. I was looking for a nice channa masala powder recipe ,that l0oks perfect,will try for sure...

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  20. Absolutely love this,makes me drool

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  21. yet another delightful way of enjoying Chana Masala!!

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  22. yummy and flavourful... adding kasuri methi is new to me

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  23. So many ingredients you use I've never even heard of, but all of the foods look delicious!

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  24. Aarti this is delicious... Yummyyyy!

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  25. Looks yum Aarthi..Home made masala will make real aroma..!!

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  26. Channa Masala powder is done good.Masala luks truly yumm.

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  27. Channa masala is my favourite too. This is a spicy & tasty recipe. Thx for sharing :)

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  28. Channa Masala with kasoori methi looks very flavorful..I luv kasoori methi,and add to many dishes.

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  29. Feel like grabbing that plate and having rite now,yummy channa masala.

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  30. Vegetables are truely a wonder and you seem to have done a great job !

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  31. That is an awesome bowl of channa and a creative presentation.... very tempting with pooris!! I love the look of it but wish I could taste some:)

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  32. Very nutritious side dish. Who doesn't like chole? Yum!

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  33. Nice masala preparation,looks so yummy n inviting...great with rotis,thanks for sharing !!

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  34. delicious channa masala............

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  35. Always love channa masala. Looks delicious.

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  36. I make it the same way except that I have never tried homemade chana masala. :)

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  37. My hubby always order masala in coffee shops. I've not tried making it tho. Nice recipe!

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  38. thats some amount of work, but worthy. Looks delicious

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  39. Nicely done !! Homemade spice powder always gives special taste !!

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  40. Looks very delicious,perfect pair with pooris and chapathi's.

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  41. very beautifuly presented step by step pic and I loved the texture of the curry wonderful...

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  42. Even though the recipe is cooked most in my house, we don't use that powder. urs is a different version.
    Aarthi: I am sure if you participate in any event, you will bag the prize because of ur presentation. All ingredients in one shot. I hope will nobody disturb you when you are taking photos.

    Ongoing Event: MurariAnniversary-Giveaway-2012

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  43. Once again - another impressive and amazing dish! LOVE the spices in this one!

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  44. u make your own channa masala spice mix? hats off to u! looks great :)

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  45. wow.. ur presentation and step by step guides r too good... chana masala
    loved it

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  46. hi aarthi..yummy yummy, love this with roti , paratha or naaan..mmm
    have a nice day

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  47. Love channa masala..looks great!

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  48. Good recipes. authentic too.
    The only complain is that the blog is too cluttered and too many different font and colors going on and it makes it really hard on the eyes to appreciate the contents of the blog and the photos running along the sides of the blog seem unending. A little bit of elegance and you have a great blog

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  49. WOW! You have every possible indian dish on your blog. Love it!
    I am sure I am gonna practice my culinary skills by trying some of your recipes and then I can flaunt and boast in front of my nagging mom.

    It looks easy and yummy!

    Love
    http://www.meghasarin.blogspot.com

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  50. looks wondeful! thanks for sharing. I ll try that out one of these days.

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  51. This is one of my all time favorites....Thanks for sharing.will let you know how it turned out!

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  52. I tried this dish it came out really good
    I've added some fennel seeds and cashew nuts
    It was mouthwatering thanks for your receipe

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  53. I liked your "quick channa curry" recipe so much that I had to try this one, too. This dish takes more effort, yes, but if you have enough time, it's absolutely worth it. I served it with home made roti, as per suggestions. My husband gave it a round of applause, although he joked that he couldn't understand why the ingredients needed blending three times. He teased me "Can't you just blend it all together at the start and have it faster?". Now I have to try it with battura!

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  54. @morriGlad you liked it, but you cant blend it together..

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  55. I know the curry needs to be made in stages. I'm pretty sure my husband knows that too (he's a good cook), he was just joking. I meant "I want to try this curry with battura", not "try to blend it all at once", lol.

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  56. i tried it
    semma taste
    thanks

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  57. Thank you so much aarthi, I tried this recipe today and it yummy to our tummy :). Your presentation of recipe is very useful

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  58. I like your recipes but don't you think you use too much of oil in all your recipes

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  59. Hey Aarthi.. Can I prepare the Masala powder and store it..? How long it will be good..?

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  60. @Nandhini NagarajanYes u can make and store, store it in a air tight container in fridge. It will last for months.

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  61. R3 very nice i done dis very yummy thanks dear

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  62. akka should we add the grinded powder as a whole as given in this recipe..or to reserve some amount and then add? thanks:)

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  63. @umamahiyou can add and taste it, if u need more, add more

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  64. Hi Arthi.. Recipe luks good is kasuri methileaves must for this recipe or we can try without that??

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  65. @Revathi Natarajanu can skip kasuri methi, but it adds the real flavour of chana masala

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  66. Hi..Looks delicious and I love how easy to follow the recipes are. Would love to try it out.
    Laxmi Nagar

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  67. Nice article thanks for sharing.......
    please visit in this site for kathi roll which is very good in looking and test....
    indian restaurants in karolbagh

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  68. Wonderful site aarthi.. Perfect explanations step by step.. Am newly married so every weekend am trying new recipe from ur library.. He loves tastes alot.. Love u lot.. Keep it up..

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  69. nice blog! i found this blog today. i saw this on tasty kitchen and was wondering it was good. i will have to try it. i like this kabli chole, is so delicious dish

    .thankyou for shearing this information with us!chowringhee

    north campus

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  70. Coriander looks in large amount than pepper... But both f dose quantities are mentioned as 1 spoon.... Pls give d exact quantity yu r using

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    1. coriander is 1 tblspn..pepper is 1 tsp

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  71. Hi Aarthi, I have tried chana masala in different methods. Saw your recipe yesterday. Initially I felt this recipe takes a long time and it would be risky. But for my surprise it turned out very well and got lot of appreciation from my Huby and son. Thanks a lot for such a wonderful recipe.

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  72. wow... nice entry...chana masala looks so yummy & great, thankyou for shearing. chowringhee

    satyaniketan

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  73. The best channa masala I've had and I made it! :D Love your recipes. My wife's pregnant and I have taken control of the kitchen for the next 8 months. I'm gonna try each of your recipes. Thank you!!! You the bestt!

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  74. hey mam, it is essential to kasuri methi leave at the end or its optional.

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    1. Kasuri Methi is dried fenugreek leaves. It adds the unique flavour to chana masala. You can skip if you dont have. But it is highly recommended.

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  75. hey mam is it required to add kasuri methi leaves or its optional. For what kasuri methi leaves are used ?

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    1. Kasuri Methi is dried fenugreek leaves. It adds the unique flavour to chana masala. You can skip if you dont have. But it is highly recommended.

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  76. This was good but need some more information about your recipe like details of recipe, how you can prepare it,restaurant in satya nketan delhi

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