Chana Masala Recipe - channay, chole, chhole, chole or chholay masala

Chana masala is a popular Indian dish made with chickpeas and a flavorful tomato-based sauce. It's hearty, flavorful, and easy to make. 

Preparation Time: 8 hours
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 2 servings
Chana Masala Recipe - channay, chole, chhole, chole or chholay masala


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (optional)
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 (15-ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • Salt, to taste
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish


  • Heat the oil in a large pan over medium heat.
  • Add the onion, ginger, garlic and cook until the onion is soft and translucent (or) about 5 minutes.
  • Add the cumin, coriander, turmeric, paprika, garam masala, and ground red pepper (if using) and cook for 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
  • Add tomato puree and water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10-15 minutes, until the sauce has thickened.
  • Add the chickpeas to the sauce and cook for an additional 5 minutes, until heated through.
  • Season with salt to taste.
  • Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve hot over rice or with naan bread.
Chana Masala Receipe - channay, chole, chhole, chole or chholay masala
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