Chole Masala | Chana Masala | Chickpea Curry

Another authentic Punjabi recipe, Chole masala or Chana Masala. Popular on the restaurant menu where North Indian food is served. To prepare this recipe we cook chickpeas along with some onions, tomatoes and chana masala powder. You can go for any brand you like for Chana Masala Powder, it is obviously the most important ingredient. Hope you enjoy this recipe. Relish it with Jeera Rice or Poori.

Also try: Rajma Masala

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: North Indian

Time: Preparation – 10 mins, Cooking – 50 mins, Total – 1 hour

Servings: 3-4


  1. Chickpeas (White Chole) – 1 cup (soaked overnight or 7-8 hours)
  2. Onion – 1 large (blend to a smooth paste)
  3. Garlic – 3 cloves (grated) or you can use 1 tsp garlic paste
  4. Tomato – 2 large (blend to a smooth paste)
  5. Ginger – 1 inch (grated) or you can use 1 tsp ginger paste
  6. Green Chilli – 2 (finely chopped)
  7. Black Cardamom – 1
  8. Bay Leaf – 2
  9. Cumin Seeds – 1 tsp
  10. Asafoetida – a large pinch
  11. Red Chilli Powder – 1/2 tsp
  12. Garam Masala Powder – 1/2 tsp
  13. Coriander Powder – 2 tsp
  14. Chole Masala Powder – 3 tsp
  15. Water – 3 cups or as required
  16. Oil – 4-5 tbsp
  17. Coriander Leaves – to garnish
  18. Salt to taste.

PS: 1 Cup = 250 ML

How to make Chole Masala:

  1. Add chole, 2 cups of water, black cardamom, bay leaf and salt in a pressure cooker
  2. Close the lid and let the first whistle blow on high flame, then cook for 30 mins on low flame, do not worry on the whistles
  3. Meanwhile heat oil in a pan. Add cumin seeds and let it splutter. Add asafoetida
  4. Add onion paste, ginger paste and garlic paste. Cook till golden brown
  5. Add tomatoes paste, green chilli, red chilli powder, coriander powder and chole masala powder. Cook till oil starts to separate
  6. Now add this masala to cooked chole. Close the lid and let it cook for another 10-15 mins on low-medium flame or until chole are soft. If required add more water at this point
  7. Once cooked, add garam masala powder and mix
  8. Your Chole Masala is are ready
  9. Garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with steamed rice, jeera rice or puris.

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