Chana Masala Recipe on Food52


Chana Masala

August 20, 2019
3 Ratings
Author Notes

This Indian chickpea dish is a staple in my home. If you don’t have cooked chickpeas around, you can use canned, but it will cost about $1 more. —Leanne Brown

  • Serves 2
  • 1/2 tablespoon ghee, or butter plus a splash of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, finely grated
  • 1/2 jalapeño, finely diced
  • 3 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup canned, pureed tomatoes
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas
  • 1/2 cup water
In This Recipe
  1. Measure out all the spices except the cumin seeds and put them in a small bowl.
  2. Let the ghee (clarified butter) melt in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. (Ghee is the traditional Indian choice, but you can substitute butter and a splash of olive oil if you can’t find ghee.) Once the ghee begins to sizzle, add the cumin seeds and stir for about 5 seconds. Add the onion and sauté for 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the ginger and jalapeño and cook for 1 more minute. Add the spices and then the puréed tomatoes. Mix, then put a lid on the pan and let everything cook down for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Once the tomato has reduced and the ghee starts to separate from the sauce, add the chickpeas and water. Mix, then bring it to a boil before reducing to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes, then squish a few chickpeas with a spoon to thicken the sauce. Garnish with yogurt and cilantro. For a full meal, serve over rice or with roti.

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    6 Reviews

    Heather O. February 2, 2019
    The chana masala was divine! Loved the intense spices and subtle heat from the jalapeno and cayenne pepper. I will be making this recipe again! Thank you.
    Freddurf March 12, 2016
    This was very tastey! I took the leftovers, puréed it and turn it into "hummus" and enjoyed it with pita chips! I bet it would make a great sandwich spread too. Yummy!
    Madeleine October 26, 2015
    Suggested edit: Jalapeno isn't in the ingredient list, but it's mentioned in the directions. Just a heads up :)
    Madeleine October 26, 2015
    oops sorry, I just checked and it is... Apparently I just need to read better!
    em-i-lis July 29, 2015
    Just made this- delicious and so simple! Thank you!
    Nikki May 7, 2015