Chana Masala (Spiced Chickpeas)

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Chana Masala is a simple chickpea stew with many variations, eaten by a multitude of people across India.


  • 2 tbsp. minced ginger
    3 tsp. garam masala
    2 tsp. ground turmeric
    8 cloves garlic, chopped
    ¼ cup canola oil
    2 tsp. coriander seeds
    1 tsp. cumin seeds
    3 green cardamom pods
    2 chiles stemmed
    1 stick cinnamon
    2 large yellow onions, chopped
    1 15-oz. can whole peeled tomatoes in juice, crushed
    2 tbsp. Asian tamarind concentrate
    3 15-oz. cans chickpeas
    2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    ¼ tsp. amchoor (green mango powder, optional)
    Kosher salt, to taste
    Cilantro and hot sauce, to garnish
    Cooked rice, for serving


Puree ginger, 1 tsp. garam masala, turmeric, garlic, and 3 tbsp. water in a food processor; set paste aside. Heat oil in a 6-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Add coriander, cumin, cardamom, chiles, and cinnamon; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add onions; cook until lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add reserved paste; cook for 3 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook until slightly reduced, about 4 minutes. Add tamarind and chickpeas; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook until liquid is reduced by ¼, about 45 minutes. Add remaining garam masala, juice, amchoor, and salt; garnish with cilantro and hot sauce. Serve with rice or puri




Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Keaton on Feb 4, 2013

    I have the store bought paneer and garam masala.

  2. posted by Caltel T on Feb 4, 2013

    I’m making a beef curry and i was supposed to put in 60g of tomatoes and I put in about 120g. I’ve also added onion, 10g garlic, 10g ginger, 1 tsp turmeric, 4 tsp soy sauce (as per the recipe), 1 tsp tomato puree, 1 tsp garam masala 1 tsp salt, 200ml water (its cooking just now – and I’m supposed to add 600ml total). I need help right now !!
    I have yet to add pepper and mushroom, this will probably help. I may add more salt and brown sauce?
    I added more turmeric and extra coriander. The turmeric seemed to soften the tomatoes’ fruitiness. The coriander just did what coriander does at the end of a curry. Thank you for your advice.

  3. posted by RxP DarkBox on Feb 4, 2013

    Now that my kids are grown..I have been wanting to improve mine and my husband’s life with a diet change.For years now I’ve been thinking of a more vegetarian and fruit style of eating. I would love people to give me their favorite simple recipes for vegetarian meals that could help me along. Nothing real fancy at first..but more than just cutting up veggies and eating them. I’ve looked at cookbooks but most of them look so fancy. I don’t want to drop dairy products..just meat. Can you help me?? Serious answers only please..Oh.and from your experience..we are almost starting this silly for someone our age??
    I asked for serious answers and I got them. Thank ya’ll so much….I have so many things to think about and some great ideas to get started. I appreciate your help.
    broccoli-carrot…by you mean tomato sauce??

  4. posted by Nathan B on Feb 4, 2013

    I usually put the following seasonings in it. Is this correct?

    tumeric, coriander seeds, mustard seeds, cumin seeds, curry leave and garam masala. First I roast the peanuts, then put ingredients in one by one, and finally after I put the rice, then I add the lime. So far I never put any dal or chana.

    Any additional tips would be appreciated.

  5. posted by Scorch Delta-62 on Feb 5, 2013


    Basically, which snacks and which curries would be good combined together for contrast in a meal?


  6. posted by Kobe on Feb 17, 2013

    I’m thinking of making a chicken and chickpea curry with maybe a salad on the side. Any suggestions or feedback from someone who has had something similar or any ideas in general would be GREATLY appreciated. I’m trying to go for an Indian-Mediterranean-Moroccan thing, but anything else is cool too.

  7. posted by Heath on Mar 18, 2013

    I recently saw the article about “new” eating disorders and, although I think it’s another way to diagnose people with illnesses/mental issues that they don’t have, I may sort of have a bit of “orthorexia” or an obsession with healthy eating. My grandmother died recently and it’s made me very serious about what I eat…trying to NEVER eat processed foods and be in total control of my body. Here is what I ate today:

    1 slice whole grain toast
    1 tbsp all natural peanut butter
    half a banana
    cup of skim milk

    1 or 2 cups
    chana masala I made (brown rice, chickpeas, diced tomatoes, onion many spices)

    3 pieces of chocolate (my stepmom sent me these buddha shaped chocolates filled with different fillings)

    2 half sour pickles
    a few bites of lox
    2 eggs
    1 slice whole grain toast
    half an avocado
    a few black olives
    1/2 to 1 cup of broccoli cooked in chicken broth

    I am going to try to do some yoga before bed and got up this morning to take a jog outside for a half hour. I am 5’3 and weigh 125 lb but I hate how soft I look…I think all of these photos of skinny models are starting to get to me.
    in the second group I meant “1 or 2 cups organic spanich/lettuce” and a tbsp low fat salad dressing

    also, I am a vegetarian.

  8. posted by Gage on Mar 24, 2013

    I’m thinking of making it creamy. I haven’t added anything yet, but I have some garam masala, also some curry powder. If adding dairy isn’t a good idea I will just add some of that. But I’m thinking of palak paneer, with the creamed spinach and the cheese, so I’m wondering about making an approximation. As you can see I don’t really know how to cook… Any suggestions? Thanks.

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