Sunday, March 17, 2013


Chana (Garbanzo) Masala Recipe @

Chickpeas (garbanzo beans)  add lots of flavor and protein to all kind of  dishes.  These are a staple in Middle Eastern cooking. Chickpeas are common ingredient in soups, salads and stews.

Here is a recipe for delicious chickpeas simmered in  fragrantly spiced  and slightly tangy gravy. It can be easily adjusted to suit your palate.

Readily available in a can but I had used the dried garbanzo beans that require soaking overnight. They are then rinsed and boiled until soft before you can proceed in  making any dishes.

Chana (Garbanzo) Masala  always make a popular side dish and a regular on our table.

Chana (Garbanzo) Masala Recipe @

Servings    :   3-4

1 cup garbanzo beans soaked overnight
2 onion chopped
2 tomato chopped
2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp ground coriander
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1/4  tsp turmeric
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp  garlic minced
2 tablespoon oil
1 tsp ginger minced
salt to taste
2 tablespoon chopped cilantro


Rinse and drain garbanzo bean. Place beans into deep pot, cover with  3 cups water and salt, cook until the beans turn soft. Retain the liquid from boiling the beans.

Heat the oil, splutter the cumin seeds, add the onion, cook until onion turns soft.

Add in ginger and garlic, stir until fragrant.

Now add the tomato and salt. When tomato turns soft, add in all the spices except garam masala, cook until oil separates.

Add in the boiled garbanzo beans and  some cooking liquid,  cook until the gravy thickens  using medium heat, stir in between to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. The gravy should   be semi thick and not too watery.

Stir in garam masala and  more salt if needed. .

Garnish with cilantro. Serve  hot. with naan, puri, paratha or pulao.

Chana (Garbanzo) Masala Recipe @

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Unknown said...

My fave!! Made this with chicken with almonds and coriander last Sunday and served with chapattis and raita. Perfect meal.
Now I want some again.
Good recipe. Thanks for sharing!
Hugs, Gee

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Very inviting and well presented chana masala. Lovely preparation.

Indian Khana said...

Looks too yum ..I wish this can be my lunch now

Rafeeda AR said...

look really yummy... :)

Anna Qawina said...

Hai Kak..sihat? lamanya x tgk menu2 akak..hehe

Lisa said...

Looks delicious - interesting flavor profile! Healthy and tasty are two of my favorite words! Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

Lifewithspices said...

too good

Priya Suresh said...

Channa masala are always my fav, love simply with some rotis.

An Urban Cottage said...

Awesome! This is one of my favorites.

Julie said...

I love this a lot!!
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Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said...

Lovely looking meal :)

Choc Chip Uru

Prathima Rao said...

Delicious gravy..Loved the color too, rich & tasty..
Prathima Rao
Prats Corner

CbeFoodBlogger said...

Yummy channa masala.. all time favorite

Anonymous said...

That looks so delicious. Thank you for the recipe !!

MyCleanerLabelLife said...

I LOVE THIS! I have chickpeas in my house today so this may be a rainy day dinner! I am hosting a blog hop at today so please stop by if you can! Thanks again for the great recipe!

Sanoli Ghosh said...

Mouthwatering and flavorful chana masala. Yummy!

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Jess said...

You know, I've never had Garbanzo beans; maybe I should give them a shot! :)

Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

Winnie said...

This is a wonderful dish
We looooooove chickpeas. As you wrote - they're very popular here
BTW - if you put a tsp of baking soda in the water (while soaking the beans) - it'll shorter the cooking time. You just have to rinse the chickpeas thoroghly before cooking

Michelle B said...

I can almost smell this cooking. Delicious!

Deepti said...

Lovely presentation! This is one of our fav side fish for rotis....

Unknown said...

chana masala looks spicy and delicious.

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Jeni said...

This looks so delicious and flavorful1

My World My Home said...

Looks wonderful.... :-)

mjskit said...

This is one of those recipes that I would bet the smell would just draw you to it. It looks SO rich and SO flavorful! Thanks for sharing!

Juliana said...

Looks delicious this garbanzo all the spices in it.
Hope you are having a great week :)

Katherines Corner said...

garbanzos make my taste buds smile. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Katherines Corner said...

garbanzos make my taste buds smile. Thank you for joining in the fun at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

Katerina said...

So full of flavors and vitamins! said...

My husband loves garbanzo beans! I will have to try this out for him. Thanks coming by Sharing with Domestic Superhero Thursday's Link Party and sharing this!

Michelle B said...

Thank you for linking with See Ya in the Gumbo this week.

Diane Balch said...

I have chickpeas sitting in my pantry needing to be used. So glad you shared this recipe with us on foodie friday. I think I have all the seasoning too. Love when that happens.

Adelina Priddis said...

I have a couple cans of chickpeas, that I have struggled finding dishes for. This reminds me of baked beans. I will definitely be trying it!
Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday.

Unknown said...

hi stopping in from blog hop, boy that looks good, I am always looking for great recipes without meat. I am going to try this, I have eaten them in salads but never as the main ingredient.

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Adrian (What the Heck is Filipino Food) said...

This would be amazing with buttered naan!

Natashalh said...

I love chickpeas and the spices look great! My man thinks he doesn't like Indian food, but I'm pretty sure if I made this and didn't tell him he wouldn't guess. He loves cumin and cilantro, so I think I could trick him into realizing he likes Indian!

Rosita Vargas said...

Realmente rico es mi plato adorado me encantan,abrazos y abrazos.

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

This looks delicious. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday.

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BeColorful said...

I just used garbanzo beans in a salad this week. I really like them. I had tried baking them as a snack one time and was told to rinse and remove the skins. That was time consuming. Do you do that for this recipe? Anyway, thanks for sharing.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

This really sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

This really sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Christine said...

Yummy! That looks delicious!

Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality! I’m looking forward to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

Carrie @ My Favorite Finds said...

I've only used chickpeas for hummus, but this looks great! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

Kathy said...

I can just imagine how fragrant all those herbs and spice make this dish - sounds marvelous, I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Unknown said...

Thanks for linking up this post to The Best Blog Recipe’s Weekend re-Treat #9!

I know I’m running a little bit behind in pinning but I wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

Hope to see you link up again at the party this weekend! It just went live on the blog not too long ago 


The Lazy Gastronome said...

I love garbanzo! This looks wonderful - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a great week!

The Lazy Gastronome said...

This looks and sounds awesome! I love garbanzos. Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. Have a fabulous week!

Dee | said...

Sounds really good! Thanks so much for linking up at A Themed Linkup 104 for Healthy Recipes. Pinned.

Veronica Lee said...

Delish! This is one of my favorites.

Happy Wednesday!

NCSue said...

Oh that looks delicious! Mmmmm!
Thank you for sharing at

Dee | said...

CONGRATS Nora! Your post is FEATURED at A Themed Linkup 105 for Genealogy from the previous linkup for Healthy Recipes.