Sunday, March 1, 2009

Chickpea Curry (Chana Masala)

This is my signature chickpea curry, which I found in perfect form from - a great site for Indian recipes with fabulous pictures. I've tried lots of types, but this one is perfect. The ginger and tomato give it a little something different than other recipes. This is great as a side dish, or even a main dish.

  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 medium-sized onion , finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, chopped
  • 1-2 green chillies, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 tsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/4 tsp red chilli powder
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tbsp light cooking oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt or to taste
  • water, as needed
  • fresh chopped cilantro, as garnish
  • lemon wedges, as garnish

SAUTE cumin seeds in hot oil till they start to sizzle and pop. Add onions and green chillies, and fry till tender.

ADD in tomatoes, ginger-garlic paste, tomato paste, salt and spices, and cook till tomatoes pulp and starts to give out oil from the sides.

STIR in about a cup of water, allow it to come to a boil, and then add chickpeas. Let simmer covered for a few minutes till chickpeas are soft and tender to the touch.

GARNISH with fresh coriander and a sprinkle of lemon juice.


  1. What is ginger-garlic paste, and whence does it come? Does it have any special properties that fresh ginger and garlic lack?

  2. Yes, speed in preparation! I love ginger paste

  3. Mom is correct. You can find it from Asian stores, and lot of grocery stores carry it in a little jar near the vegetable section, near the jarred minced garlic and that sort of thing. I think the value is that it is concentrated, but you could probably substitute very finely chopped garlic and ginger. Maybe 2 cloves garlic and approximately 2 tsp fresh grated ginger.

  4. we LOVE channa masala!!!I make it too-- but we have no ghee, buba

  5. I usually get the fresh ginger in a tube in the produce section. I have a fresh ginger grater but it kind of a pain in the ass to grate more than a small amount.