punjabi chana masala recipe or chole masala recipe with step by step photos – its an easy and delicious chana masala recipe and one you must try. you do not need any chana masala powder and you do not need to make any chana masala powder at home. simplicity is the key of this chana recipe and its for keeps.
there are so many ways of making punjabi chole….. since i already have posted the punjabi chole recipe before, i will call this recipe punjabi chana masala. i have also posted spicy chana masala recipe made in south indian style.
both punjabi chole and punjabi chana are same. its just another way of naming the recipe. but the chana can be dry or gravied. this punjabi chana has a little gravy and is not totally dry. few north indian style tasty chana varieties you can try are:
i have adapted this chana masala recipe from the cookbook 1000 Great Indian Recipes. this book has many age old indian recipes and is worth to buy. its good for a starter or for a housewive who is new to cooking and wants to try to out recipes from different parts of india. all the recipes i have made from this book have never let me down. all of them were good.
this recipe of punjabi chana masala is different in the sense that no onions are used in it. hence the curry or gravy is not strong on your senses and the flavors and tastes of tomatoes, ginger-garlic, coriander seeds and red chillies blend in beautifully to create an awesome chana.
punjabi chana masala recipe card below:
punjabi chana masala recipe
punjabi chole masala recipe - white chickpeas in a smooth & lightly spiced tomato sauce
INGREDIENTS (1 cup = 250 ml)
main ingredients for chana masala:
- 1 cup white chickpeas (kabuli chana or chole or garbanzo beans)
- 2.5 cups water for pressure cooking the chana
- 1 teaspoon salt
for the ground masala paste:
- 5 dry chillies - i have used kashmiri red chilies
- 5 medium sized tomatoes
- 2 inch ginger - chopped
- 7 to 8 garlic cloves (lahsun)
- 2 tablespoon coriander seeds (sabut dhania)
other ingredients for chana masala:
- ½ teaspoon garam masala powder
- 2 to 3 green chilies, chopped vertically into 4 pieces (hari mirch)
- 3 tablespoon oil
- ½ to 1 cup of water
- 1 inch ginger juliened for garnish
- a few coriander leaves for garnish (dhania patta)
- and also slices of onion, lemon and ginger julienne for garnish
- salt or black salt as required
HOW TO MAKE RECIPE
preparation for punjabi chana masala recipe:
wash the chana (chickpeas or chole) thoroughly in water and then soak them overnight or for 8-9 hours.
boil the chanas with some salt in a pressure cooker or a covered pan with enough water.
in a pressure cooker chana can take about 15-20 minutes and in a pan about an hour or more.
drain the chana and keep aside.
- wash the tomatoes and chop them.
- peel the garlic and ginger and chop them roughly.
- in a mixer or blender, add the tomatoes, ginger, garlic, dry red chilies and coriander seeds. no need to add water.
- grind or blend to a smooth paste.
making punjabi chana masala:
- heat oil in a pan and add the ground paste.
fry the masala paste for 7-8 minutes till the raw smell of the tomatoes, ginger and garlic disappears and the oil leaves the sides of the masala.
now add the green chillies & 1.5 to 2 cup of water.
stir and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
- add the boiled chana.
- mix the chana with the rest of the masala.
- let the chana masala simmer for 15-20 minutes on a low flame. keep on stirring in between.
- add the garam masala powder and salt and mix with the rest of the chana masala.
simmer chana masala gravy for 2 to 4 minutes more.
- lastly add chopped coriander leaves to chana masala for garnishing.
- serve the punjabi chana masala with slices of onion, lemon wedges and ginger julienne along with pooris, naan, bhature, bread or steamed rice.
tips for making punjabi chana masala recipe:
- do not add water while making this paste as the tomatoes have enough water content in them for this paste. however there are exceptions and if the tomatoes are not juicy enough then you might have to add some water. but do not make it watery as it will be difficult to fry this paste later. it will start spluttering when you will be frying it.
- if you want the chana masala to have some more gravy, add some more water to liquefy it.
- you can use any variety of dry red chilies, but keep in mind the quality of the red chili, whether its hot or less hot.
how to make punjabi chana masala recipe:
a) soaking and pressure cooking chana:
1. wash 1 cup chana (white chickpeas or chole) thoroughly in water.
2. then soak them in enough water overnight or for 8 to 9 hours. below is the photo of soaked chana.
3. then drain the soaked water and rinse the chana couple of times with fresh water. drain well. add the soaked chana in a pressure cooker. also add 2.5 cups water.
4. next add 1 teaspoon salt.
5. pressure cook chana for 10 to 12 whistles or for about 15 to 20 minutes or till the chana is tender and cooked well. if cooking chana in a pan then it can take about an hour or more. cooking time may vary as per quality of chana, size of cooker and intensity of flame. but make sure that the chana is cooked well.
6. drain the boiled chana and keep aside.
b) making masala paste:
7. rinse 5 medium sized tomatoes and then roughly chop them.
8. peel 7 to 8 medium sized garlic cloves and 2 inch ginger. rinse and chop them too. measure all the ingredients and keep ready for making ground masala paste.
9. in a mixer, add 5 medium sized tomatoes (roughly chopped), 2 inch ginger (roughly chopped) and 7 to 8 garlic cloves (roughly chopped).
10. next add 5 dry red kashmiri chilies and 2 tablespoons coriander seeds (sabut dhania).
11. grind to a smooth paste. don’t add any water while grinding. this paste is looking so red as i have used kashmiri red chillies and they are known to impart a bright red color to the food. they are also not spicy like the other variety of red chilies available in india.
making punjabi chana masala gravy:
12. measure and keep all the ingredients ready for making punjabi chana masala.
13. heat 3 tablespoon oil in a pan or kadai. keep the flame to a low.
14. add the ground masala paste. be careful as the paste can splutter.
15. stir and mix well.
16. keep stirring often.
17. saute the masala paste for 7 to 8 minutes till the raw smell of the tomatoes, ginger and garlic disappears and the oil starts to float on the top. the oil will also start to release from the sides.
18. now add around ½ to 1 cup of water and 2 to 3 slit green chillies. for a thicker consistency in chana masala you can add ½ cup water.
19. mix well and simmer chana masala gravy for 3 to 4 minutes on low flame.
20. then add the boiled chana.
21. mix the chana with the rest of the masala.
22. let the chana masala gravy simmer for 15 to 20 minutes on a low flame. mash a few chana with the back of a spoon. this helps in thickening the gravy.
23. keep on stirring in between.
24. once done, then add ½ teaspoon garam masala powder and salt as required. mix well with the rest of the chana masala gravy.
25. simmer chana masala for 2 to 3 minutes more.
26. then switch off the flame. lastly add few chopped coriander leaves to chana masala.
27. while serving chana masala, garnish with ginger julienne and coriander leaves. serve punjabi chana masala with slices of onion, lemon wedges and ginger julienne. chana masala goes well with naan, poori, roti, tandoori rotis, paratha and bhatura. it will also go very well with butter naan or garlic naan or cheese garlic naan.