Chana masala is a dish that originated from Indian subcontinents and the main ingredient in is a variety of chana. The recipe given below uses white chickpea and it is made in different versions from different parts of the region and the spices and level vary accordingly.
This hot and spicy side dish can be served with most rice dishes such as rice dishes such as white rice, basmati rice, and roti, for lunch and dinner or just as a snack topped with Samosa to make Samosa Chaat, crushed puri, onions, and cilantro/coriander leaves.
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- 2 cups Chickpeas
- 1 cup Onion, chopped
- 1 tsp Cumin seeds
- 1 tsp Ginger, diced
- 2 tsp Garlic, diced
- 1 Tomato, chopped
- 2 Green chili, slit
- 1 tsp Chili powder
- 2 tsp Coriander powder
- ½ tsp Turmeric powder
- Salt, as needed
- 1 tsp Kasuri methi
- 3 tbsp Oil
- 4 cups Water
- Coriander leaves, to garnish
To Prepare Chickpea Masala
- Soak chickpea in hot water for about 2 hours and pressure cook it with 3 cups of water for 3 whistles
- In a pan, add oil and allow it to heat on medium flame and add cumin seeds, onion, green chili, finely chopped ginger, and garlic
- Saute the above until onion turns soft
- Now add chili, coriander, and turmeric powder and give it a nice mix
- Add chopped tomatoes and saute until it turns mushy, and splash some water on it
- Now add cooked chickpea to the above mixture and then add salt
- Add some water to adjust the consistency if needed
- Let the gravy cook for 5 to 7 minutes until the chickpea absorbs all the essence from the masala
- Now add crushed Kasuri methi leaves and mix it gently
- Switch off the stove and garnish the chickpea masala with some cilantro/coriander leaves
- Serve the warm chickpea masala with jeera rice, flatbread/naan, or chapati
Chana masala is popular Indian street food in which the cooked Channah or chickpea is flavored with Indian spices and garnished with cilantro and onion.
Yes, Chana masala is a perfect plant based vegan dish.
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