Monday, July 15, 2013

Chole Masala | Chana Masala Recipe- For Chapathi, Poori, Roti, Batura

This is one of the easiest recipes which I make for chapathi. Soak the chana over night - grind the ingredients – cook with masalas and its done. That’s it!!! The most awesome side dish is ready. B-)

Here I have a trick for getting the gravy with the right consistency.;;) Some people get the gravy in a flowing consistency and some will get it very thick. And the trick to get it right is, just add the coarsely ground paste of the chick pea and u will get the gravy perfectly. ;;)

This can be served either with chapathi or poori. I make poori very rarely since it consumes lots and lots of oil. But once in a blue moon it is accepted. It tastes heaven with batura, when served along with sliced onions sprinkled on top of it. *smile*

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time :15-20 minutes


1 ½ cups of chick pea/garbanzo beans/Bengal gram
1 onion
½ tsp ginger-garlic paste
2 tomatoes
1 tsp chilli powder
1½ tsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
¾ tsp garam masala/chana masala powder
2 cups of water
1tbsp oil
Coriander leaves (to garnish)

How to make it

  • Soak the chick pea with 2-3 cups of water for 8 hours or overnight. Then pressure-cook it for 3-4 whistles with a pinch of salt.

  • Take a handful of cooked chick pea and crush it in a blender coarsely. Keep aside.
  • Separately grind onions and tomatoes into a smooth paste.
  • In a wok heat oil and fry the onion-paste. Cook till the raw smell leaves.

  • Follow adding ginger-garlic paste and cook further.

  • Cook the mashed tomatoes for about 5-7 minutes.

  • Now add the masalas (chilli powder,coriander powder and turmeric powder). Add water to it. Allow it to cook for some time.

  • Once the water starts boiling, add the cooked chick pea to it. Mix well.

  • Finally add the crushed chick pea and garam masala. Stir well.

  • Garnish with coriander leaves and serve with roti/naan with some sliced onions sprinkled on top.

  1. Preserve the water which is used to cook the chick pea and use it in the gravy.
  2. I used garam masala and I don’t find any difference in the taste.
  3. Don’t grind the chick pea into a smooth paste and don’t ever add water for grinding.