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


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


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.

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



Irene said... Best Blogger Tips

Yummy curry :) I LOVE the way you present

Roshu said... Best Blogger Tips

Xcellent presentation.....love this recipe

meeso said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Stefania said... Best Blogger Tips

very good recipe, dear!

maha said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Jenn Erickson said... Best Blogger Tips

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!!


chitraj.hegde said... Best Blogger Tips

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

faseela said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Nalini's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Heather @ girlichef.com said... Best Blogger Tips

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

preeti garg said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Indulge said... Best Blogger Tips

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.

Deeksha said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Sarah Naveen said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Asiya @ Chocolate & Chillies said... Best Blogger Tips

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!

S.Menaga said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Nandu said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Hamaree Rasoi said... Best Blogger Tips

Delicious and tempting chana masala. Excellent meal.

Hamaree Rasoi

veena krishnakumar said... Best Blogger Tips

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

vrinda said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Suja said... Best Blogger Tips

Absolutely love this,makes me drool

Harini said... Best Blogger Tips

yet another delightful way of enjoying Chana Masala!!

Roshni said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Holly said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Tante Kiki said... Best Blogger Tips

Aarti this is delicious... Yummyyyy!

Prabhamani said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Christy Gerald said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Teena Mary said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Hema said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Priya said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Munir said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Malli said... Best Blogger Tips

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:)

Cool Lassi(e) said... Best Blogger Tips

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

sangee vijay said... Best Blogger Tips

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

@lekshmi said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Viki's Kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

Always love channa masala. Looks delicious.

Suma Gandlur said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Blackswan said... Best Blogger Tips

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

The Pumpkin Farm said... Best Blogger Tips

thats some amount of work, but worthy. Looks delicious

Shabitha Karthikeyan said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Umm Mymoonah said... Best Blogger Tips

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

rekhas kitchen said... Best Blogger Tips

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

deepsrecipes said... Best Blogger Tips


Hemavathi Murari said... Best Blogger Tips

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.

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Ann said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Deeps @ Naughty Curry said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Chandrani said... Best Blogger Tips

Creamy yummy chhana masala...

Vidhya said... Best Blogger Tips

Chole looks delicious.

Meena said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Ganga Sreekanth said... Best Blogger Tips

Such a simple and easy recipe......

cookingvarieties said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Treat and Trick said... Best Blogger Tips

A must try recipe! Yummy..

Srivalli said... Best Blogger Tips

Love channa masala..looks great!

Malar said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Megha Sarin said... Best Blogger Tips

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!


Helene Dsouza said... Best Blogger Tips

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

ramya said... Best Blogger Tips

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

vaishali sabnani said... Best Blogger Tips

chola is an alltime fav....lovely!!

Kasc said... Best Blogger Tips

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

morri said... Best Blogger Tips

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!

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

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

morri said... Best Blogger Tips

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.

priya said... Best Blogger Tips

i tried it
semma taste

sushmitha said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Nandhini Nagarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

R3 very nice i done dis very yummy thanks dear

umamahi said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Revathi Natarajan said... Best Blogger Tips

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

Aarthi said... Best Blogger Tips

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

chowringheelaxminagar said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi..Looks delicious and I love how easy to follow the recipes are. Would love to try it out.
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Yogee said... Best Blogger Tips

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..