chana masala served in a black bowl garnished with coriander leaves

Easy Chana Masala Recipe

Easy Chana Masala Recipe is a delicious, tasty yet so simple recipe cooked with homemade chana spice mix
Course Vegetarian Side Dishes
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chana masala, vegetarian side dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Soaking Time 8 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 468kcal
Author Fareeha


  • 2 cups chickpeas soaked
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 green chili slit
  • 2 onions finely sliced
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped
  • chopped coriander leaves for garnishing
  • salt to taste

For the chana masala spice mix

  • 3 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp garam masala powder
  • 2 tsp pomegranate seed powder
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida/hing


Making chana masala spice mix

  • Mix together all the ingredients under the spice mix and set aside.

Preparing the chickpeas

  • Boil the chana/chickpeas in a pressure cooker for at least 8-9 whistles or till they are soft. (You can add a tea bag and baking soda while boiling the chickpeas/chana which makes it soft and gives it a good color)

Preparing Chana masala recipe

  • Heat oil in a pan and fry the onions till lightly brown.
  • Add the green chili, ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute.
  • Add in the chopped tomato and cook till tender.
  • Mix in the boiled chickpeas/chana, salt and the chana masala spice mix and stir gently.
  • Add a cup of water and cook on low flame for 10-15 minutes and serve the chana masala hot garnished with coriander leaves.



Calories: 468kcal | Carbohydrates: 69.9g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 13.3g | Saturated Fat: 1.6g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 630mg | Potassium: 1163mg | Fiber: 19.7g | Sugar: 15.3g | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 6.8mg