Easy Chana Masala

This quick and Easy Chana Masala is the perfect way to prepare a restaurant style gravy for your family on busy weekdays. Just a little preparation work like cutting the onions, and tomatoes to prepare this easy chana masala. Kids like this chana masala very much and it's a best way to include protein-rich food for them. I frequently prepare this chana masala for my son's lunch box. For this masala I have used very few ingredients that are already available in your kitchen. Don't forget to soak the chickpeas for 8 hours or soak them overnight. I have used garamasala powder for this gravy, but you can use sabzi masala or channa masala powder of your choice. Check out my other Chana masala recipe also.

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Easy Chana Masala recipe 


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Chana masala - This quick and easy chana masala is the perfect way to prepare a restaurant style gravy for poori, batura, roti and nann. 

Prep time : 10 minutes
Soaking time : 8 hours
Cook time : 15 minutes
Serves : 3
Category : side dish
Author : Muthulakshmi Madhavakrishnan


Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup chickpeas(unpolished)
  • 2 onions
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 1 green chilly
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 2 tsp garamasala powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 cup tamarind juice
  • 1 tbsp powdered jaggery
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt to taste


Cooking Directions
  1. Wash and soak the chickpeas in plenty of water for 8 hours. After 8 hours wash it once again and add it to the small pressure cooker or pan. Add 1 cup water and pressure cook for 8 to 10 whistles.
  2. Take a big mixer jar and grind the onions without any water. Transfer the onion paste to a separate bowl  and grind the tomatoes nicely.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter or ghee in a kadai and add the ground onion paste. Stir and saute it for few minutes. 
  4. After few minutes, add the slit green chilly and saute them well until the oil leaves the sides of the kadai.
  5. Next, add the tomato paste, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and saute them well on medium heat. When the raw smell of the onion and tomato paste goes off add the tamarind extract. Add the required salt and mix them well.  
  6. Next, add the cooked chickpeas along with the cooked water.
  7. Cook for about 5 minutes and add the garamasala powder. Reduce heat and simmer for about 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  8. Add a small piece jaggery and cook till oil floats on the top of the gravy. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves. Serve it with batura, nann, kulcha or veg pulav.

Easy Chana Masala  with step by step photos


Wash and soak the chickpeas in plenty of water for 8 hours. After 8 hours wash it once again and add it to the small pressure cooker or pan. Add 1 cup water and pressure cook for 8 to 10 whistles. Allow to cool naturally. 


Take a big mixer jar and grind the onions without any water.


Transfer the onion paste to a separate bowl  and grind the tomatoes nicely.


Heat 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter or ghee in a kadai and add the ground onion paste. Stir and saute it for few minutes. 


After few minutes, add the slit green chilly and saute them well until the oil leaves the sides of the kadai.


Next, add the tomato paste, red chilly powder, turmeric powder and saute them well on medium heat. 

When the raw smell of the onion and tomato paste goes off add the tamarind extract. Add the required salt and mix them well.  


Next, add the cooked chickpeas along with the cooked water.


 Cook for about 5 minutes and add the garamasala powder. Reduce heat and simmer for about 7 to 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. 


Add a small piece jaggery and cook till oil floats on the top of the gravy. Garnish with fresh coriander leaves.
Serve it with batura, nann, kulcha or veg pulav. If you try this recipe for Easy chana masala leave your comments below and share the recipe for your friends and family.

If you forget to soak the Chana (chickpeas) overnight, add the washed chana in a boiling water. Allow them to boil well for 15 to 20 minutes. Close it tightly for 1 hour. Then pressure cook for 10 whistles. In this recipe I have used the same technique.


To View the recipe details in tamil click here EASY CHANA MASALA IN TAMIL

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