Thursday 3 September 2009

Chana Masala- Version I


Every house has it’s own version of making the Chana (Chick Peas/ garbanzo). I make this in various versions which I will post gradually. This is a very popular dish of the North India. In a Punjabi house hold, it’s a commoner and is made at least twice in a month.

As I  have mentioned in my previous posts also, I have grown in a very regional atmosphere, so I have tasted this Chana made by lots of Punjabi aunties. I remember there was this Sardarni  Singh aunty , she used get us the Chana/Chholey when ever she visited us, and me and my brother would attack on it the minute she left. Gluttons we were… I will post her version of Chana some other time.

When ever it was cooked at my mom’s place my father used to call them “Sholay”.  Sholay in Hindi means ‘long stretches of flames as seen during volcanic eruptions’! He always would say it’s easy to digest Puran which is a sweet dish made out of bengal gram/ Chana dal, as it has sugar but not the masala version. And then both of them would have a big argument on that. But for me and my brother whether one makes Puran or Chana Masala we  did not bother, we were the eaters ready to eat. And now my both kidos love them like wise.

Someone  else had left a comment that her husband calls these “Bofors” . I really liked the name.

So here’s the first version with a delectable taste which my family enjoys  eating thoroughly.



350 gms dry Chick Peas

To grind together

4 onions largely chopped

5-6 large garlic pods

2 inch piece ginger

3 tomatoes chopped roughly

The dry spices

2 bay leaves

4 whole green cardamom

4-5 tbsp coriander pwd

2 tbsp cumin pwd

1 tbsp degi mirch

1 tbsp lal mirch/ red chili pwd

1 tsp turmeric pwd

1 1/2 tbsp amchoor pwd/ dry mango pwd

3/4 tsp garam masala ( mine is very strong)

2 tsp rock salt

a generous pinch of Nutmeg

and also…

1/4 tsp soda bi carb

salt to taste

a mixture of ghee and oil for cooking



Soak the chick peas overnight / 8 hrs. Mix in 1/4 tsp soda bi carb. This helps the chick peas to become soft. Pressure cook for 5 whistles and then reduce the flame and cook for another 10-15 mins.

Heat the clarified butter (ghee) and oil in the ratio of 3:1. Throw in the bay leaves and cardamom.

Put the  onion-tomato mince and sauté till the oil separates. Add all spices and salt except the nutmeg.

Add the boiled chick peas/ Chana and put water to adjust a gravy like consistency. Bring the curry to a boil and then simmer and cook for another 10 mins. Just before removing add the nutmeg and mix.

Garnish with ginger juliennes and cilantro.

Serve with Jeera rice/ Puri/ Bhatura/ Naan.

I personally like it with rice along with some raw onions.

Cooking in clarified butter gives the Chana a delectable taste. A must try for which I will personally vouch smile_teeth , and nutmeg adds a mild fragrant flavor to the curry.


This Chana Masala heads to MLLA- 15  hosted by Sia at Monsoon spice and is the Brain child of Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook


and to Side dishes for Chapati at Viki’s Kitchen hosted by Vicky Xavier

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Padma said...

All time fav is channa... looks yummy :)

Preeti Kashyap said...

nice click!

Unknown said...

Yummy Chana..looks delicious

kittymatti said...

yumm yumm! Im coming to grab that!

Sushma Mallya said...

Nice click pari esp the first pic...looks delicious & yum

Unknown said...

That is a diff and yummy version of channa! Love to have it with pooris.

Sanghi said...

Channa masala looks great ! Yummy!

Preety said...

channa masala looks perfect..i love to eat it with pooris or bhatura:)

Priya Narasimhan said...

I have never succeeded in making an authentic north indian side dish..everything tastes the same when I prepare..I shall this version of yours..

Suparna said...

hi dear,
I love legumes:) and chana masala yummy any day for me, thanks for your version dear :)
Keep the posts coming :)

Sunanda said...

Channa masala looks delicious.. nice click dear..

Trish said...

Love chickpeas. Never have used dried chick peas before...preferring to get the canned ones. Guess I am just plum lazy! This looks like a nice 'lightly' spiced daal. Can you tell me what this 'mirch' spice is? Not familiar with the term but maybe we call it something else in Canada?

Unknown said...

looks delicious..tempting..

Nandinis food said...

Channa looks tempting and gorgeous! Nice presentation and snap!

Pari Vasisht said...

hi folks thanks a lot for all the sweet comments.
@Trish Mirchi is chili in India. In my curry I have used the red chili pwd.

ann low said...

I would like this to go with naan!

Priya Suresh said...

Lipsmacking channa masala, looks yummy..

Parita said...

Chana masala looks fabulous! i love deggi mirch :)

Gita Jaishankar said...

Very interesting story....channa masala looks very delicious too :)

Shri said...

My husband's fav..Not that I don't like but he adores this!Great dish and great clicks,Pari:)Will try your version for him!

Katy ~ said...

I have to smile at the story about your parents; that is so sweet that they could have such a disagreement over food.

Good pix. I really like chickpeas though I have never had them dried.

Dori said...

I love to try all the different versions, it looks great!

lata raja said...

MMMMM...Rich,delicious channa masala.Family hits at my place. Your masala was something different want to try this version out.

PriyaRaj said...

Channa Masala looking Gorgeous dear.......

Indian Khana said...

U r so rite..everyone have their own method...looks delicious...nice clicks

Chitra said...

Protein rich dish..Will try this for sure :)

The Purple Foodie said...

I love Chana Masala! Looks delicious.

Raaga said...

So when can we stop over?

Looks yummy!

Purva Desai said...

All time fav curry.....this looks inviting and tempting


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