Simple Indian Chickpeas Curry (Channa Masala)

Simple and easy Indian chickpeas curry made with only a few ingredients; full of nice flavours and aroma. Trust me you won’t need loads of special ingredients; if you are looking to prepare simple Indian food. I also follow the same recipe to prepare Chana masala here; which I used to do in India. I prefer to omit whole spices for everyday cooking. And I use garam masala for spiciness and dry mango powder/ pomegranate seeds powder for mild tangy taste.chickpeas curry

Chickpeas are used in Indian, Middle-Eastern, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Greek Cuisine. These are good for health and play very important role in vegan and vegetarian diet. Chickpeas are a good source of protein and dietary fibre, apart from that it contain minerals and vitamins. Including Chickpeas in your diet is good for heart health and controlling blood pressure. It is also very good for bone health and controlling blood sugar levels. So include protein-packed chickpeas in your diet.

Chana masala or chickpeas curry is a staple curry in Northern India. Chana Masala or chickpeas curry is also on the menu of every local restaurants or eatery out there. If you like cooking Indian food then you will probably find all the ingredients required for this recipe in your pantry.

Indian food is all about combining different flavours together to create a wonderful dish. Indian cooking is actually a combination of different cooking styles and techniques, to create a wholesome dish.chickpeas curry

Chickpeas curry is usually served with either rice or different kind of flatbreads ( naan, chapati, bhatura, parantha etc). It is also a companion to salty or savoury snacks like (samosas, potato patty). You can easily adapt this curry according to your taste. As some people find Indian spices complex; I suggest using spices individually rather than going for curry masala which is generally overpowered with turmeric. This will help you to balance them according to your taste.Indian Chickpeas Curry

I have used cayenne pepper in my recipe, but you can add chopped green chillies to increase the heat in your chickpeas curry. Serve this curry with either with cooked basmati rice or your favourite flat bread.

Yields 5-6 servings

Simple Indian Chickpeas Curry (Channa Masala)

Simple Indian Chickpeas Recipe

20 minPrep Time

60 minCook Time

1 hr, 20 Total Time

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  • 11/2 cup dry chickpeas(soaked overnight or minimum for 6 hours)/2 cans chickpeas
  • 3 tsp olive oil/ canola oil
  • 1/8 tsp asafoetida powder.(optional)
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 medium yellow onion(finely chopped)
  • 2 tsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 cup chopped/ pureed tomatoes(I have used vine ripened tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp coriander powder
  • ½ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ½ tsp garam masala powder
  • 1/4 cup cilantro(chopped)


  1. Add overnight soaked chickpeas with 3 cups of water and ½ tsp of salt into a large pan. Keep them on high heat, once it starts to boil the reduce the heat to medium. Cook covered until they get soft. (40-45 mins)
  2. Heat oil in a pan on medium high heat, once it's hot then add asafoetida powder and cumin seeds to it. When cumin seeds begin to sizzle then add ginger garlic paste, cook for 30 seconds- 1 min.
  3. Add chopped onion and cook until golden brown approximately 3-5 minutes. You need to cook onions properly otherwise, they would feel raw while eating.
  4. Now add tomato puree and mix well, turn the heat to medium -low and add turmeric powder, coriander powder, ½ tsp salt, cayenne pepper, and garam masala powder.
  5. Cook for 3-5 minutes stirring occasionally. Now the whole mixture should turn to light brown and you'll notice that oil begin to separate from the masala.
  6. Add cooked or canned chickpeas to the masala along with ½ cup of water. Cook on high heat and let it come to boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Taste and add more salt if required.
  7. Remove from heat and let it cool slightly, garnish with cilantro.
  8. Serve this chickpea curry hot /warm with cooked basmati rice or flatbread.
Cuisine: Indian | Recipe Type: Curry

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