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Chana Masala

  Kabuli chana/Garbanzo beans 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Grated coconut 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Green chilies 3
  Ginger 1
  Onions 2
  Red chilies 5
  Garlic 6 Clove (30 gm)
  Black pepper 4
  Cumin seeds 1 Teaspoon
  Dhania seeds 2 Teaspoon
  Cloves 6
  Cinnamon 1
  Chopped coriander 1 Tablespoon
  Turmeric powder 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Chole masala/Chana masala powder 1 Teaspoon
  Tomatoes 3 , finely chopped
  Onions 4 , finely chopped
  Oil 2 Tablespoon

Soak chana overnight and pressure cook for 4 whistles by adding salt.
Heat 1 tsp oil in a pan. Add 2 diced onions and fry till translucent. Keep aside.
Now in the same pan, fry coconut for few seconds.
Heat a tsp oil and fry black pepper, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, cloves and cinnamon.
Grind everything together to a smooth paste along with 1 handful chopped coriander, ginger and garlic.
Heat remaining oil in a pan, add 2 chopped onions and fry til golden. Add turmeric powder, chana masala powder and tomatoes. Saute for few minutes.
Add cooked chana along with the water in which it has been cooked.
Add ground masala. Adjust the salt, cover and simmer for 10 minutes
Serve hot garnished with chopped coriander.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Vegan, Vegetarian
Party, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
10 Minutes
Cook Time: 
15 Minutes
Ready In: 
25 Minutes

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aparna.priya's picture
I don't prefer using coconut in chana seems as if I am eating some South Indian dish! What accompaniments do you use for this recipe ?
perceptiveeye's picture
Looks delicious! I would love to prepare it :))
tanya3286's picture
I love a nicely done chana masala, and they are such a great source of protein.. i too have never used coconut but i like the flavor of it in most dishes...will surely try :)
ifoodiee's picture
I was about to give this a try when i realised i dont have any channa masala powder and getting it seems impossible for the next few this something we can make at home?..if so, do you know how??
shalini rao's picture
i don c anythin wrong in eating south indian food. stop bein arrogant u bugger
shantihhh's picture
Shalini I sometimes wonder why people quibble over which is the best Indian cuisine. Reminds me of a famous quote: How can anyone govern a nation that has 246 different kinds of cheese? Quotation of Charles De Gaulle I delight in eating the wonderful food all over India-actually all over the world!
Chana Masala Recipe