Chana Masala Recipe | Chickpea Curry Indian Dish

Learn how to make the classic Indian Chana Masala with chickpeas and spices. A delicious vegetarian dish for all occasions.

Vegetarian Chana Masala is a flavorful and comforting dish that is a staple in Indian cuisine. This dish features tender chickpeas simmered in a rich and spicy tomato-based sauce made with a blend of spices such as cumin, coriander, and garam masala. It is typically served over rice or with naan bread and garnished with fresh cilantro.


  • 1 cup dried chickpeas, soaked overnight and drained
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a large pot, add the soaked chickpeas and enough water to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for about 1 hour or until chickpeas are tender. Drain and set aside.
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and ginger, and sauté for about 5 minutes or until softened.
  3. Add the cumin, coriander, garam masala, and turmeric and sauté for another minute.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes and water to the pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Add the cooked chickpeas to the pan and stir to combine. Simmer for another 15-20 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve over rice or with naan bread and garnish with fresh cilantro.

Chana Masala is a delicious and flavorful dish that is easy to make at home. With its combination of chickpeas, spices, and aromatic ingredients, it is a satisfying meal that is perfect for vegetarians. Whether you are a fan of Indian cuisine or are looking to try something new, Chana Masala is a dish that is sure to impress.

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