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Jul 21, 2014

Easy Chana Masala Recipe / Chole Masala Recipe / Chickpeas Curry Recipe

I love love love chole masala..I had quite a few variations of this curry in my blog..You can check out my simple chana masala
which is heavy on tomatoes, my easy chana curry, spinach chana curry, kala chana curry or roasted spiced chana curry, aloo chana curry, chana kurma or my jain style chana curry

This curry is best served with bhature or rotis. This recipe is quite simple, because it dont have onions, tomatoes in them. Just some plain spices which makes it really special and tasty..You have to try this out and let me know how it turned out for you..

Preparation Time : 10 mins
Cookiing Time : 40 mins + 20 mins
Serves : 5 to 6


Chana / Kabuli Chana / Chickpeas - 2 cups dried
Oil - 2 tblspn
Shahi Jeera or Cumin Seeds - 1 tsp
Bay Leaf - 1
Cinnamon Stick / Pattai - 1 inch piece
Garlic paste - 1 tblspn 
Chilli Powder - 2 tsp
Coriander Powder / Malli Podi - 1 tblspn
Turmeric Powder / Manjal Podi - 1 tsp
Cumin Powder / Jeera Podi - 1 tsp
Amchoor Powder / Dry Mango Powder - 1 tsp
Salt to taste
Sugar - 1 tsp
Kasuri Methi leaves / Dried Fenugreek Leaves - 1 tsp
Coriander Leaves - 3 tblspn finely chopped
Lemon Juice - 1 tsp


Soak chana overnight in lots of water. Add it to pressure cooker, cover it with water, bring it to boil. Cook it for 4 whistle, simmer it for 15 mins. Turn off the heat and let the steam go all by itself. Open the cooker and check whether the chana is cooked.

Now heat oil in a pot. Add in cumin, cinnamon and bay leaf. Saute it for a min.

Add in all the spice powders and saute for a min.

Add in cooked chana along with cooked water, mix well. Season with salt and sugar.

Take cooked chana in a blender and puree it. Add it to the curry. Mix well.

Bring it to boil, simmer it for 15 mins.

Now add in chopped coriander leaves and lemon juice. Mix well.

Serve with roti and bhature.

Cook chana till it is completely cooked

heat oil in a pan

Add in cinnamon, bayleaf and cinnamon

Saute it for a min

Add in some garlic paste

saute it for a min

Add in chilli, coriander and turmeric powder

Now goes amchoor, cumin and garam masala powder

saute for a min

add in cooked chana along with the water

mix well

add some salt and sugar

Take some chana in a mixer

Puree it smoothly

Add it into the curry

Mix well

Bring it to boil

cover and simmer

till oil floats on top

sprinkle over some kasuri methi leaves

mix well

add in chopped coriander leaves

squeeze in some lemon juice

mix well



  1. Lovely chole. Even without waiting for bhatures I could have them as a soup.

  2. That looks wonderful and healthy. I love chick peas. Blessings, Catherine

  3. Looks yummy!!! Am trying it for breakfast tomorrow.... Thanks for d share :)

  4. Juleena kunhimohammedSeptember 9, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Dear aarthi
    Ur blog is an xcellent guide for beginners like me..following ur recipes xactly ,my husband has become a big fan of my cooking..thumbs up..keep going..luv u..muaahhh

  5. Hi aarthi....love all ur recipes...good work. 👍
    I dont have amchoor powder. Can i replace it with anything? I do have chole masala though,which has amchoor in it. Do reply.

  6. @Anonymousyes u can use that..or squeeze little lemon juice in the end


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