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Chana masala | Chole masala

Chana masala | Chole masala

  1. Vegetarian Curry

  2. |August 5, 2023

  1. 50 mins

  2. Intermediate

  3. Serves 6


My previous cooking recipe post was of Batoora in which I said the best combination of Batoora is chole masala. So, today we will be making chana or chole masala. Chana masala can be prepared in different ways. Either you can prepare the curry completely in a pressure cooker or you can add the cooked chana to a kadai which contains masala. In this recipe, I am following the second method.

It is better to soak chana dal in water overnight since the cooking time of chana dal is more compared to other lentils. If the chana dal is not soaked, you have to cook more time by increasing the number of pressure cooker whistles. Before cooking, make sure to wash the chana dal using a colander.

This curry is not much spicy. The cooking time is approximately 50 minutes. This recipe can serve 6 people.

This recipe is so flavorful and what makes it work is the use of fresh ingredients. The adding of cornflour and grinded cashew makes a thick gravy for the curry. It will be better to go for home made ginger garlic paste rather than the store bought packet to maintain the actual aroma of the curry.


  1. Chana dal (soaked overnight) – 2 cup

  2. Onion finely chopped- 4

  3. Tomatoes chopped – 2

  4. Green chilli – 2

  5. Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon

  6. Turmeric powder- 1/4 teaspoon

  7. Kashmiri chilli powder- 1 teaspoon

  8. Coriander powder- 2 teaspoon

  9. Garam masala – 1/2 teaspoon

  10. Corn flour – 1 teaspoon

  11. Cashew nuts – 10

  12. Grated coconut – 2 tablespoon

  13. Coriander leaves – to garnish

  14. Salt – 1 teaspoon

Method of preparation

  1. Pressure cook the Chana dal by adding 1 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder for 6 whistles in medium flame or till the chana dal is cooked

  2. Heat oil in a kadai

  3. Add chopped onions and saute till the onion becomes translucent

  4. Then add ginger garlic paste, green chilli and tomatoes

  5. Saute the mix well till it becomes soft

  6. Further add kashmiri chilli powder, coriander powder and garam masala to it

  7. Keep the flame low and stir the masala till the raw smell of the powders eliminates

  8. Allow the masala to cool

  9. Grind the prepared masala by adding sufficient hot water

  10. After that, add the grinded mix back to kadai

  11. Add the pressure cooked chana dal into kadai along with the water in which chana dal was cooked

  12. Add cornflour to the prepared masala

  13. Grind cashewnut and grated coconut along with some water to make a paste

  14. Add the cashewnut mix to the kadai

  15. Add hot water to kadai if you need more gravy and also check the salt

  16. Garnish the curry with coriander leaves

  17. Serve hot with batoora, puri, chappathi, rice etc. Popular Recipes

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