Cholay / Chana Masala / Indian Chick Pea Curry

Ingredients :
1 can chickpeas
1 small sized onion - thinly sliced
1 medium sized tomato - finely chopped
1 tsp Ginger / Garlic paste
Half tsp turmeric powder
Half tsp red chilli powder
Half tsp zeera (cumin seeds) powder
Half tsp dhaniya (coriander seeds) powder
1 tsp Chana masala powder
Half tsp mustard seeds
Half tsp cumin seeds
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 green chillies slit vertically
Salt to taste

Method :
In a non-stick pan on medium heat , fry the onions in half cup oil until they turn translucent pink. In the meantime add mustard seeds and cumin seeds and fry for about 2 minutes.  Now add the ginger/garlic paste, turmeric, red chilli, cumin and coriander powder, chana masala powder and saute for about 2 minutes. Then add the chopped tomatoes and fry until the water starts to separates. Add the canned chickpeas and mix well making sure the masala coats well ! Now add the green chillies, lemon juice and salt. Simmer for another 5 minutes on low heat !
Garnish with finely chopped onions, tomatoes and coriander leaves. Serve with piping hot tea :)


  1. I love chana masala! Do you think I could find Chana masala powder at a market in the US?

  2. Yes you can find it at any Indian grocery store ! The best chana masala powder is 'Shaan' or 'MDH' :)

  3. This masala sounds so delicious!

  4. Sounds delicious...I'm liking my first visit here. I'll be back when I have more time...

    Thanks for sharing...

  5. MMMM, your Indian food cooking talents seem fantasic! xxxx

  6. first time here and nice space. This recipe is an all time fav. looks yum

    do visit my space when time permits.


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