Chana Masala/CHICKPEAS CURRY is my all time favorite mainly when I miss my home and want something comfortable.
It is generally made of chickpeas/kabuli chana.
It is a very simple lip smacking recipe.
This recipe is famous recipe of Bengal and is known as Chana Masala. It can be made with onion,ginger,garlic or it can be made 100% veg by not using onion or garlic.
In Bengal after Durga Puja, there is something call ‘bijaya’, in this period people visit people’s house where they exchange some sweets and in every house this recipe is common.
You can say it’s a recipe which has my so many great childhood memories.
It goes great with Roti, Tortillas,paratha or rice or you can just have it as “Chaat”, by adding some tamarind pulp,some bhujiya/sev on the top.
So,let’s make Chana Masala/Chickpeas curry 👇👇👇
Preparation time- 15-20 minutes
You need to soak the chickpeas for 8-10 hours or over night and then pressure cook for 3-4 whistles or boil until soft
Cooking time- 30-35 minutes
- 200 gm boiled chickpeas
- 1 large sized tomato,diced
- 1 large potato cut into cubes
- Salt to taste
- 1 tsp cumin powder
- 1 tsp turmeric powder
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1.5 coriander powder
- 1 tsp cumin seeds
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 whole dried red chillies
- 2-3 crushed green cardamom
- 2-3 crushed cloves
- 1/2 inch crushed cinnamon stick
- 2 tsp ginger garlic paste
- 1/2 cup chopped onions
- Handful chopped coriander leaves
- 1 cup hot water
- In a pan add 2 tbs oil and heat on a medium flame
- When it’s mild hot add 2 bay leaves and 1 tsp cumin seeds, 2-3 crushed green cardamom,2-3 crushed cloves and 1/2 inch cinnamon stick
Fry well and add 1 cup chopped onions
Fry until translucent and then add 2 tsp ginger garlic paste and mix well
Add 1 tsp red chilli powder and keep on cooking
Add tomatoes and add 1 tsp salt and cook until soft
Add the spices – 1, tsp turmeric powder, 1 tsp cumin powder and 1.5 tsp coriander powder
Now add and give it a quick stir
Add 4-5 tbs water so that the spice doesn’t get burnt
We’ve use 2 tsp of Chhole Masala (store bought) but if do not have ,then skip it
Now add the cubed potatoes and mix until oil separates
Add 1 cup warm water and cover and cook for 15 minutes
Then add the boiled chickpeas and again cover and cook for 10 minutes on a medium low to medium flame
It’s now time to add 1/4 th cup chopped coriander leaves or cilantro
Let’s it simmer for another 5-7 minutes and then dish it out
And its done
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You can also try this with this chickpeas curry/ghugni 👇👇👇