Cookbook Series: Masala Chana ...

My second cookbook attempt, this is a very simple recipe using chickpeas. The addition of tamarind gives it a sharp tangy flavour (Lemon seen in the photo is just for photo sake :D) which I quite enjoyed with rice and curd. Chickpeas are a very good source of proteins and dietary fiber and are very beneficial in a vegetarian diet. Also popularly known as garbanzo beans, normally there are two varieties - the small, black 'kabuli' chana and the larger, cream coloured chana. Decreasing cardiac risks, maintaining blood sugar and providing a good amount of unique antioxidants are amongst the prime benefits of eating chickpeas. 

(Source: WHFoods)

This recipe uses the cream variety. I have used canned chickpeas which makes this dish super easy! If you are using raw chickpeas, make sure you pre-soak them overnight to ensure they cook well faster. This process also makes it easier for our body to digest the garbanzo beans.

Masala Chana: Recipe
(Source: Best Ever Indian Cookbook by Mridula B. et al)

  • Cooked Chickpeas - 125 gms
  • Tamarind  - small piece 
  • Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
  • Onion - 1 medium finely chopped
  • Garlic - 2 cloves crushed
  • Ginger - 1" piece crushed
  • Green Chilli - 1 finely chopped
  • Cumin powder - 1 tsp
  • Coriander powder - 2 tsp
  • Turmeric powder - 1/4 tsp
  • Firm, ripe tomatoes - 2 medium
  • Garam masala - 1/2 tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Cilantro chopped  - garnish
  • Oil - 2 tbsp 

  1. Soak the tamarind in little warm water and mash it with your fingers to release the juice and form a pulp. Keep aside.
  2. Heat oil in a kadai and add the cumin seeds. When they sizzle, add the chopped onions, green chili, crushed garlic and ginger. Saute well for few minutes.
  3. Add the spices - turmeric, coriander, cumin and fry for few seconds to release the flavours.
  4. To this add the chopped tomatoes along with the tamarind pulp. Cook till the tomatoes are soft and a nice gravy is formed. Add salt to taste.
  5. Add the cooked chickpeas and garam masala and simmer for few minutes. Garnish with coriander and serve hot.

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  1. chickpeas look delicious. how do you rate this book? I am planning to buy

  2. Thanks Kanan! Frankly I haven't used the book much so to give an opinion would not be fair...but the book contains 325 Indian recipes which is what prompted me to buy it :D Well explained, clear instructions with awesome pix which will tempt you to try them! I can give you a more valid rating once I have tested few more recipes :)

  3. wow.....yummy chana masala....great dear

  4. I love chickpeas ! nice recipe and nice clicks.

  5. Very delicious n yummy !!
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  6. Didn't know the nutritional facts.. Masala channa looks super yum..Love the lemon effect too ;)

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  7. mmm....what a fabulous recipe! I loved the thick masala & ur click is making it more tempting!! Absolutely loved it!

  8. Thanks guys! Appreciate each and every comment :)

  9. @Sarah: Me flattered that you think my clicks are good 'coz your photos and presentation are always outstanding! Thanks!! :)

  10. Simple n yummy side dish for rotis

  11. gorgeous click! makes me wanna grab that spoon

  12. Super-stunning clicks chef!
    This Chana Masala is looking yummier than possibly what I can cook. :)))

  13. my fav chana masala plz add puri also with it....


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  14. Just love your blog. Wonderful recipes, informative advice and lovely photos. I have added your blog to my blogroll.

  15. Very droolworthy Channa Masala Dear. Awesome clicks.Luv it!

  16. chana masala looks super tempting..awesome clicks!!

  17. so the clicks :)

  18. i love anything chickpeas.. love that first shot!


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