Punjabi Chana Masala

Servings: 2-3 person

Cooking Time: 1 hr


  • 1.5 cup white chick peas
  • 1/2 tsp soda bicarbonate
  • 1 tsp black salt
  • 6 cup water for soaking and boiling chick peas
  • 2 tbsp refined oil
  • 2 tsp garlic paste
  • 2 tsp ginger paste
  • 4-5 green chilies finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized onion finely chopped
  • 2 medium sized tomatoes finely chopped
  • Salt according to taste
  • Black pepper powder according to taste
  • Red chilli powder according to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder (Haldi)
  • 1 tbsp chana masala powder (either Everest / MDH or any other brand as per your availability you can add more if you want more spicy  chana masala)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tbsp tamarind paste
  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves for garnishing
  • Few lemon wedges and onion rings for garnishing.


Step 1: Soak chick peas overnight in 3 cups of water.If not overnight but at least 5-6 hours.

Step 2: Wash the chick peas nicely then combine chick peas,3 cups water,black salt and soda bicarbonate and boil the chick peas.

Step 3: In a kahai add oil and when oil is hot enough add finely chopped green chillies and give it a stir.Add ginger and garlic paste.Saute it for about a minute.

Step 4: Add finely chopped onion and stir it nicely.Add salt,turmeric powder and chana masala. Keep stirring it.

Step 5: When onion is golden brown in color,add tomatoes,pepper powder,red chilli powder and garam masala and saute nicely.

Step 6: When tomatoes are cooked properly then boiled chick peas and tamarind paste.Mix nicely.For little gravy add 1 cup water.Let it simmer it for at least 5 minutes.Super easy chana masala is ready.Garnish it with coriander,onion and lemon and serve it with any bread of your choice.Enjoy !!

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