chana masala

Here it is, after some requesting from my son and some of his friends. A quick and easy Chana Masala recipe. Enjoy!

  • 2 cans 15.5 oz Chick Peas
  • ½ tsp. Chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. Turmeric
  • ¼ tsp. Salt
  • 1 tblsp. Garlic and ginger paste
  • ½ cup Cilantro, freshly chopped
  • 1 Onion, medium sized, freshly chopped
  • 1 Tomato, medium sized, freshly chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Water
  • 2 tblsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 tblsp. Cooking oil
  • 2 tbslp. SHAN Chana Masala mix (available in any Pakistani or Indian store, like this »)


Empty the cans of chick peas in a strainer and rinse them under cold water. Set aside.

In a medium pot, heat the oil. Add 1/3 of the onion when the oil is a little hot, and sautee until golden brown. Add garlic and ginger paste. Stir for a minute then add 1 cup of water. Add the chili powder, turmeric, salt. Stir. Want things more spicy? Increase the amount of chili powder, or put 2 chopped, hot green chili peppers in the mix.

Add chick peas. Lower the heat to medium. Cover and let cook for 4-5 minutes then add ½ cup of water. (more if you feel that it’s sticking to  the bottom of the pan). Add Shan Chana Masala mix and mush the chick peas a little to give it a little thickness. Stir.

Add chopped onion, tomatoes and cilantro. Lower the heat and let cook for 5 minutes. Take the pot off the stove. Let it stand for a while then add the lemon juice.

If you want to add a little something extra for texture and taste, try adding potatoes:

Take 1 large or 2 medium potatoes, take care of the eyes, then wash and dice them with the skin on. Microwave them on high for about 8 minutes, covered with a paper towel. You’ll want to add them into the pot and cook them for 2-3 minutes and then add the chick peas.

4 thoughts on “chana masala

  1. THANK YOU. I was definitely shouting. Hands down the best best chana masala I’ve ever eaten. I just made it for dinner tonight for the family. It was a lot easier and faster than the others I’ve made too. Best Sunday dinner ever. Thank you for posting the recipe and the lunches you’ve sent along with Imran. Too delicious and amazing.

    (random comment) This dish is coming to the island with me.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to post this recipe. When Imran brought it in it was great and am glad I now have the recipe. My wife and I both loved it. Tastes great and easy to make for after work dinner. Next time I want to try adding potatoes.

  3. Thanks Vinny. Its good to know that you guys liked the recipe. Its a simple dish, easy to prepare and so tasty. Make more and enjoy 🙂

    R M

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