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A bowl of curried chickpeas garnished with chopped tomatoes, red onions and cilantro served alongside lemon wedges, red chiles and roti

Chana Masala (Vegetarian Indian Chickpea Curry)

  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian


This Chana Masala recipe is made with canned chickpeas simmered in a spicy tomato gravy then topped with chopped red onion, tomato, coriander and a squeeze of lemon.#vegan #vegetarian #Indianfoodrecipes #chickpeas #curry #healthyrecipes



2 large onions (about 2 cups) (finely diced)

2 tablespoons of ginger (crushed, then minced)

2 tablespoons of garlic (crushed then minced)

1 small red chili pepper (diced) (optional)

1 tablespoon of ground cumin

1/2 tablespoon of ground coriander

1 tsp turmeric

1 tsp garam masala

1 tsp sea salt

34 tablespoons of butter or olive oil

1 x 400 g (14 oz) can of stewed tomatoes

1/2 cup (120 ml) of water

2 x 400 g (14 oz) can of chickpeas (drained and washed)

fresh cilantro/coriander for garnish

1 tomato

slice of lemon

1 red onion (chopped)


In a large pan, heat butter or olive oil over medium heat.

When hot and butter is melted, add onions and cook until translucent (about 5 minutes).

When onions are translucent, add minced garlic and ginger.  Stir and cook until fragrant (about 1-2 minutes).

Add cumin, coriander, turmeric, garam masala and salt.  Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

Open can of tinned tomatoes, place in a bowl and crush with your hands.  Add to onion mixture along with 1/2 cup (120 ml) of water.

Bring to a boil then add drained and washed chickpeas.

Reduce heat to low or whatever provides a low simmer, cover and cook for 20-30 minutes.

When the liquid has reduced and chickpeas are cooked through, turn off the heat.

Garnish with chopped red onion, diced tomato, a sprinkling of cilantro and of course, a squirt of lemon.

Serve with Basmati rice or naan bread.


Make your spices go the distance!  Make sure to get good quality spices.  Instead of adding the prepackaged ground, simply toast together 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds and 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds with some garam masala and turmeric.  Grind together via mortar and pestle or a coffee grinder or whatever you have that works.

Not all garam masalas are made equal.  Each one varies with spices and seasonings so find the one you like best and use that.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Curry, Vegetarian
  • Method: Simmering
  • Cuisine: Indian

Keywords: Chickpea, curry, Indian food, vegan, vegetarian

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