chana masala recipe | punjabi chole masala recipe

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chana masala recipe | punjabi chole masala recipe with detailed photo and video recipe. basically a spicy chick pea curry prepared with finely chopped onion and tomato. it is usually served with bhatura or puri but not restricted to try with roti or paratha’s.
chana masalachana masala recipe | punjabi chole masala recipe with step by step photo and video recipe. it is a popular north indian curry recipe which is widely appreciated all over india. the main ingredient for this exotic curry recipe is chickpea or chana which is pressure cooked with onions and tomatoes. not to forget the indian spices added before cooking this amazing recipe.

well, my love to chole masala recipe resides deep within my family roots. channa masala recipe is one common thing which we share across all our family members. perhaps the taste for this exotic dish must have been started from my grand father. however, it tastes heaven with bhatura recipe. i prepare this quite often with canned chikpea which is semi cooked. basically it does not require the soaking step and directly pressure cooked. however, in this recipe i have followed the traditional way of making chole masala.

chana masala

furthermore, i would like to highlight some key suggestions for perfect chana masala recipe. firstly, soak the chana for minimum of 4 hours. otherwise, you may feel chole masala not cooked properly. secondly, you can add store bought chole masala powder for this recipe. but skip adding spice powders like coriander, amchur, cumin and garam masala powder. thirdly, try to add ripe tomatoes for this recipe, as the curry will turn juicy and tangy. lastly, pressure cook the curry for a minimum of 7 whistles. otherwise, the chana would not cook properly and perhaps half cooked to spoil your taste.

finally, i request you to check my other indian curry recipes collection. particularly, paneer tikka masala recipe, paneer kadai masala recipe, palak paneer recipe and malai kofta recipe. in addition, do visit my other indian roti recipes collection and indian paratha recipes collection. especially, poori, garlic naan, tandoori roti, bhatura and rumali roti recipe.

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easy chana masala recipe | punjabi chole masala recipe
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Recipe type: side dish
Cuisine: punjabi, indian
Serves: 4 Servings
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chole / chickpea, soaked overnight
  • 4 tbsp oil / butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 2 tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp kashmiri chilli powder
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp cumin powder
  • ¾ tsp aamchur powder / dry-mango powder
  • salt to taste
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tsp coriander leaves, finely chopped
  • ½ lemon juice (optional)
Instructions ( 1 cup =255 ml)
  1. firstly, in a cooker heat oil / butter. using more oil makes dhaba style chole masala.
  2. furthermore, saute bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cumin seeds till they turn aromatic.
  3. also add finely chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. saute till it turns golden brown.
  4. add tomatoes and saute till they start releasing oil.
  5. further, add chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, aamchur powder, garam masala and salt. saute for a minute.
  6. then add soaked chickpea / canned chickpea. make sure to soak chickpea overnight if its not canned chickpea.
  7. further add 2 cups of water. add more water if you like it to be more gravy.
  8. give a good mix. and check the seasonings. make sure the masala water to be slightly salty as chole will absorb while cooking.
  9. pressure cook for 7-8 whistles on medium flame.
  10. allow the pressure to release by itself before opening cooker.
  11. squeeze lemon and mix well. garnish with coriander leaves.
  12. finally, serve hot with poori / chapathi / bhatura.


how to make chana masala recipe | punjabi chole masala with step by step photo recipe:

  1. firstly, in a cooker heat oil / butter. using more oil makes dhaba style chole masala.
    chole masala
  2. furthermore, saute bay leaf, cinnamon stick and cumin seeds till they turn aromatic.
    chole masala
  3. also add finely chopped onions and ginger-garlic paste. saute till it turns golden brown.
    chole masala
  4. add tomatoes and saute till they start releasing oil.
    chole masala
  5. further, add chilli powder, turmeric, coriander powder, cumin powder, aamchur powder, garam masala and salt. saute for a minute.
    chole masala
  6. then add soaked chickpea / canned chickpea. make sure to soak chickpea overnight if its not canned chickpea.
    chana masala
  7. further add 2 cups of water. add more water if you like it to be more gravy.
    chana masala
  8. give a good mix. and check the seasonings. make sure the masala water to be slightly salty as chole will absorb while cooking.
    chole masala
  9. pressure cook for 7-8 whistles on medium flame.
    chana masala
  10. allow the pressure to release by itself before opening cooker.
    chana masala
  11. squeeze lemon and mix well. garnish with coriander leaves.
    chana masala
  12. finally, serve hot with poori / chapathi / bhatura.
    chana masala


notes:

  • firstly, soak chickpea / chole overnight. else they wont get cooked well.
  • moreover, squeeze some lemon juice just before serving. it taste great.
  • furthermore, use canned chickpea to avoid soaking process.
  • also, adjust spices to your spice level.
  • finally, mash few chole to make thick gravy.

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Hebbar's Kitchen is all about Indian veg recipes. This blog is managed by me Archana and my husband, Sudarshan. I try to post my recipes with simple & easily available ingredients from kitchen. These posts are usually supported by short videos and photo recipes. Learn interesting recipes and share your feedback, as your feedback means a lot to me.

37 COMMENTS

  1. i have already boiled the chickpea separately.is it possible to make the gravy and finally add the chickpea in it like how we do for other dishes ?

  2. Yummy…can u plz tell me how much chole cook finally…as my pressure cooker take quick whistle and food does not cook so whistle idea does not help me.

  3. Respected Sir / Madam, Thanks a million for all these easy recipies coz they r really very useful n with the step by step video its a kinda piece of cake to make them when i actually thought that they required a hell a lot of prep n u ppl have made it very simple to view n understand n hence the cooking goes faster. Thanks n God bless all those involved in bringing this to us mothers n helping us save time. Take care n plz keep up the good work. Maria Smith. Bangalore, Karnataka.

    • you can but I would recommend this way as while pressure cooking the chickpeas with spices, it will absorb it and tastes better.

  4. This is the first time am writing my comment in ur blog…I tried this for a get together at home…it was very tasty…all guests had and the next day few were calling me for the recipe… Thank u so much…well advance can make and keep aside for house parties.

  5. Nice One,But I usually add little Extra Garlic Juice,Pepper powder a little,Kasuri Methi,Chat and Chenna Masala along with the above for my Poori and Naan,This time i will try this

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