Monday, July 23, 2012

Chana masala/chick peas with gravy...

Hello friends! My today's recipe is again a simple one without use of onion, garlic or tomato. Our daily food normally doesn't consist of onion or garlic. Feel free to add them if you so desire. Lets cook chana masala now.


Chick peas (soaked overnight) – 2 cups
Potatoes (medium sized) – 2 .
Gram flour – 1 tbsp
Chilli powder – 1/2 tspn.
Turmeric powder – 1/4 tspn.
Coriander and cumin powder – 1/2 tspn.
Tamarind – 1 small piece.
Asafoetida – pinch
Green chillies - 3 – 4 .
Ginger – 1/2″ piece 
Oil – 2 tbsp.
Coriander leaves  (finely chopped) – 1/4 bunch
Salt - to taste


Soak the chick peas in water overnight in sufficient water as the chick peas grow in size after soaking them.

Make a small bag of loose tea powder or tea bag. 

Pressure cook the chick peas and the chopped potatoes with the bag of tea powder and some salt.  Cook to 2-3 whistles or till the  chick peas become tender. Keep the cooked chick peas  aside and retain the water in which it is cooked. Remove tea bag from chana.

Take a pan, add oil to it and place it on a slow flame. Then add asafoetida, keep on stirring it  while adding gram flour. Stir it till it changes color to become light brown. Then add chillies, ginger, red chilli powder, turmeric powder, coriander and jeera powder.

Squash the tamarind soaked in water with your fingers so that the pulp gets dissolved in water. Strain this mixture and pour it in the above pan.

Now add the cooked chana with the retained water to the pan. Add little salt and mix it well. If required add a cup of water to it. Adjust the seasonings if required.

Let this mixture simmer for 15-20 minutes till the gravy becomes thick.

Garnish with fresh chopped coriander leaves and ginger strips and serve hot.

Chana  can be served with Poori, chapatti or rice.

Over to you for your views.


  1. Thanks Meena for the wonderful recipe, have never cooked channa with tea bag and gram flour before would definitely have a yummy taste.

  2. chana looks so delicious and tempting..

  3. looks yummy and very tempting recipe... thanks for sharing!!

  4. Yummy and delicious curry

  5. I too use tea bags for color sometimes..but without onion, garlic this looks really good

  6. I would love to have a bowl with some crushed pooris on top..

  7. Delicious... I have tried out this gram flour method once..really comes out tasty Meena.

  8. thank you everyone for liking my chana recipe. gram flour tamarind pulp plus tea bag flavour makes it even more yummy and top it with ginger this way it turns delicious. well not all things need onion or garlic or tomato hahhaa

  9. Lovely recipe and simple one Meena!

  10. We call this dish as chole. It’s common yet special dish fr us n we prepare it on special occasions. N dish always has onion n garlics in it. Gud 2 knw it cn be prepared without using thm. Well the use of gram flour is a new to m.
    If this Channa masala has a little gray thn it cn also be used ragda in ragda patice

  11. Looking amazing.. :) Send me a parcel

  12. looks yummy. I have never added tamarind to chana.. nice one

  13. Yum! the channa looks great dear :)

  14. hello di:)
    how are you?hope you are doing well. after long time i check your lovely and informative blog.sorry if i was late:( i was damn busy with loads of works.
    actually, i had this Indian dish & it is too yummy.
    merc for simple recipe.
    with love

  15. hey di:)
    how are you?hope you are doing well
    very simple recipe.actually i had this dish & it is very yummy.
    thanks again

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