Malvani Chana Masala - Maharashtrian Chana Gravy

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Aug. 22, 2017

There are several interesting things about this recipe. First of all, there is the malvani masala, which is so aromatic and flavourful because all the ingredients are toasted before grinding. Then, there is the hara chana, which is cooked and crushed to a very convenient consistency before being used in the gravy. Then, there is the use of tamarind instead of tomatoes, which adds to the flavour and pungency without toning down the effect of the spices. In all, the malvani chana masala is a dish that has to be experienced to understand its full worth!


Hara chana 2 Cup (32 tbs) (((soaked and boiled)))
Oil 1 Tablespoon
Garlic paste 1/2 Teaspoon (((lehsun)))
Tamarind pulp 3 Tablespoon (((imli)))
Fresh cream 2 Tablespoon
Coriander 1 Tablespoon , finely chopped
Salt To Taste
For the malvani masala paste
Kashmiri red chillies 4 ((whole dry, broken into pieces))
Coriander seeds 2 Teaspoon ((dhania))
Cumin seeds 1/2 Teaspoon ((jeera))
Cloves 4 ((laung / lavang))
Caraway seeds 1/2 Teaspoon ((shahjeera))
Cardamom 1 ((elaichi))
Black cardamom 1 ((badi elaichi))
Poppy seeds 1 Teaspoon ((khus
Star anise 1 (((chakri phool))
Cinnamon 1 Inch ((dalchini))
Grated dry coconut 1 Tablespoon ((kopra))



For the Malvani masala paste

1. Combine all the ingredients on non-stick pan and dry roast on a medium flame for 3 minutes or till the masalas release an aroma. Keep aside to cool slightly.

2. Blend in a mixer to a smooth paste using cup of water. Keep aside.

How to proceed

3. Blend 1 cup of hara chana in a mixer to a coarse mixture and keep aside.

4. Heat the oil in a deep non-stick pan, add the garlic paste and sauté on a medium flame for 30 seconds.

5. Add the Malvani masala paste and sauté on a medium flame for another 2 minutes.

6. Add the coarsely crushed hara chana, remaining 1 cup of whole boiled hara chana, salt and 1 cup of water, mix well and cook on a medium flame for 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

7. Add the tamarind pulp, fresh cream, coriander and sugar, mix well and cook on a medium flame for another 2 minutes, while stirring occasionally.


8.Serve hot.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 10 Minutes
Ready In: 10 Minutes
Servings: 4