Authentic Indian Chana Masala (Chole)

July 17, 2020
Photo by WarriorInTheKitchen
Author Notes

A typical North Indian dish that incorporates traditional Indian spices with garbanzo beans (chickpeas) in a tomato, onion gravy —WarriorInTheKitchen

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Cook time 20 minutes
  • Serves 6
  • 4 cups chickpeas
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1/2 cup crushed tomatoes (or 2 fresh roma tomatoes, diced)
  • 2 tablespoons grated ginger
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup water (adjust as needed)
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 2 whole dry chili peppers
  • cinnamon stick pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • red chili powder (optional to add spice)
  • 2 teaspoons chana masala powder (ok to omit if you don't have on hand)
In This Recipe
  1. Heat avocado oil in pan
  2. Add bay leaves, dry chili pepper, cinnamon sticks and whole cumin seeds.
  3. Once cumin seeds start to sizzle, add diced onion and cook until slightly brown and translucent.
  4. Lower the heat and add the crushed or fresh tomatoes, ginger and garlic and mix well.
  5. Add salt, turmeric, paprika, red chili powder, chana masala mix and water. Mix well.
  6. Let simmer for about 5 minutes with lid on.
  7. Add cooked chickpeas, mix well and let cook for 7-10 minutes.

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