Bengal Gram Curry | Chana masala
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An authentic North Indian recipe of Chana Masala or Chole Masala.
Serves: 1 bowl
  • 200 gm. Bengal gram,soaked overnight
  • 750 ml water
  • 1 medium sized bay leaf
  • 2 whole cardamoms
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • ½ teaspoon . turmeric powder
For Curry Gravy:
  • 2-3 tablespoon oil
  • 1 level teaspoon cumin seeds
  • A pinch of asafetida powder (optional)
  • 2 onions, approximately 100 gms each sliced
  • 4 garlic clove
  • ¾ inch piece of ginger
  • 2 teaspoon coriander powder
  • ¼ teaspoon chilli powder (adjust as per the spice tolerance)
  • 1 level teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 level teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • 200 grams of fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon homemade Garam Masala
  • Coriander leaves chopped for garnishing
  1. Cook the chana in a pressure cooker by adding bay leaf cinnamon cardamom turmeric and water.
  2. Close the lid of the pressure cooker and wait for the first whistle. AZfter first whistle keep the flame sim and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from flame and keep aside without opening for another 10 minutes so that the steam goes off automatically.
For the curry
  1. Chop the onion into thin slices. Make ginger garlic paste
  2. In a pan add asafoetida and cumin seeds in oil. Once the seeds splutter add ginger garlic paste and onion in to it. Saute till it is golden brown.
  3. Add coriander powder and chily powder into it. Saute for few minutes till it is golden brown. make sure it is not blackened.
  4. And sliced tomato into it and saute for another few minutes till the oil is separated.
  5. Add garam Masala and saute for 1 or 2 minutes.
  6. Aow add the previously cooked chana into this along with the water used for boiling.
  7. Cook for few more minutes till the gravy is thick enough
  8. Garnish it with coriander leaves
  9. Serve Channa Masala hot along with chapati or rice
Used pressure cooker to reduce the cooking time
Add more spice is required
You can add 1 teaspoon of tamarind pulp if you like the taste
Can add potatoes also if you like
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Cup(275 g) Calories: 460 Fat: 9g Saturated fat: 1g Carbohydrates: 78g Sodium: 1020mg Fiber: 5g Protein: 13g
Recipe by Yummy Recipes at