Chana Masala (Savory Indian Chick Peas)


Give this chana masala dish a try and don't look back. Indian food is not just curried sauces. This spin on an Indian chickpea curry features a healthy mixture of chickpeas, tomatoes, onion, and spices. Both carnivores and vegetarians will enjoy this meal. My kids love it. Leave out the green chile if the kiddies will be eating. Serve over basmati or jasmine rice and enjoy. Namaste y'all!

looking down at a skillet of Chana Masala
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
2 cups


  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, or more to taste

  • 1 green chile pepper, seeded and chopped (Optional)

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 fresh bay leaves

  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder

  • 1 teaspoon garam masala

  • ½ teaspoon turmeric powder

  • 1 pinch salt to taste

  • water as needed

  • 1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas

  • 1 teaspoon fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish, or more to taste


  1. Grind onion, tomato, ginger, garlic, and chile pepper together in a food processor into a paste.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Fry bay leaves in hot oil until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Pour the paste into the skillet and cook until the oil begins to separate from the mixture and is golden brown in color, 2 to 3 minutes. Season the mixture with chili powder, coriander, gram masala, turmeric, and salt; cook and stir until very hot, 2 to 3 minutes.

  3. Stir enough water into the mixture to get a thick gravy; bring to a boil and stir chickpeas into the gravy. Reduce heat to medium and cook until the chickpeas are heated through, 5 to 7 minutes. Garnish with cilantro.

Cook's Notes:

Serve with a 'Mattar Paneer' recipe to round out this Indian dinner.

As an optional serving suggestion, use the "Indian Naan Bread" recipe instead of rice as a companion to this dish.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

413 Calories
23g Fat
46g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 413
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 3g 16%
Sodium 525mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 76mg 379%
Calcium 103mg 8%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 635mg 14%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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