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Easy chana masala in an Indian bowl from the front.
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easy chana masala

Easy chana masala is a delicious, vegetarian Indian dish that can be ready in under 20 minutes.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time17 mins
Course: side
Cuisine: Indian
Servings: 2
Calories: 393kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 Tbsp onion - finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic - crushed
  • 1 green chili - finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh tomato - diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp tomato paste - mixed with a couple tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 20 pieces finely julienned fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro - minced
  • 1 19 oz can chickpeas
  • A bit of cilantro and diced tomato to garnish

Spice Mix

  • 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kasoor methi fenugreek leaves
  • 1/4-1 tsp mild kashmiri chili powder 1/4 tsp is medium heat, 1 tsp is pretty hot
  • 1 tsp Indian restaurant mix powder or curry powder - recipe link below
  • 1 tsp chana masala spice mix - store bought or another tsp of curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt


  • Prep your ingredients. Chop the vegetables. Make the spice mix, Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Mix the tomato paste with water.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the vegetable oil.
  • Add the cumin seed and cook until it sizzles. This should happen almost instantly.
  • Cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, green chili and diced tomato.. Cook one minute, stirring occasionally.
  • Turn the heat down. Add the spice mix and cook 20-30 seconds.
  • Add the diluted tomato paste, turn the heat up and cook for 30 seconds or so.
  • Mix in the ginger, cilantro and water.
  • Add the chickpeas.
  • Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until the chickpeas are warmed through.
  • Garnish with tomato and cilantro and serve.


A recipe for Indian restaurant spice mix can be found here. Substitute any curry powder if you like.


Serving: 2servings | Calories: 393kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Sodium: 1453mg | Potassium: 534mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 395IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 110mg | Iron: 4.7mg