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Easy Indian Chana Masala

Ronak Abdi: "Very easy and delisious recipie. I added more spi…" Read More
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Easy Indian Chana Masala

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This vegetarian main dish is fragrant with warm Indian spices and full of healthy protein from chickpeas. Chopping the aromatic vegetables in the blender saves time – and some tears from the onion! A pot of white or brown basmati rice makes an excellent accompaniment, in addition to naan; just put the rice on to cook when you start the chana masala. The recipe is a Yummly original created by Martha Holmberg.


  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 1 jalapeño chili
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium onion
  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. salt (for simmering)
  • 1 Tbsp. Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. ground coriander
  • 1 can whole peeled tomatoes (28 oz. per can)
  • 2 cans chickpeas (14 oz. per can)
  • 1 tsp. hot sauce (for simmering)
  • 1 cup cilantro (leaves and tender sprigs; 1 cup is 1/2 cup chopped, for simmering and finishing stew)
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice (plus more to taste)
  • salt (for serving)
  • hot sauce (for serving)
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped cilantro (for garnish, optional)
  • 4 pieces naan bread
  • steamed white rice (or brown rice)
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    Calories490Calories from Fat100
    Total Fat11g17%
    Saturated Fat0.5g3%
    Trans Fat0g
    Calories from Fat100
    Total Carbohydrate83g28%
    Dietary Fiber9g36%
    Vitamin A8%
    Vitamin C30%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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    Ronak Abdi 4 months ago
    Very easy and delisious recipie. I added more spices and more garlic and it turned really good.
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    Jody R. 8 months ago
    Generally too much tomato, but it has potential as a base. More garlic, and more spice overall and this would be very good.
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    Kayla LeGrand a year ago
    The recipe is alright, could use more seasoning/flavor.
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    Em P. a year ago
    Passable, not very flavourful
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    Bree Hartshorn a year ago
    Very tasty and hearty
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    Vogt 2 years ago
    Not super spicy but relatively flavourful. Good recipe but add more spices
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    Brittany Finan 2 years ago
    This dish was amazing and so flagrant! I served this with white rice, spicy asian green beans and naan bread. The prep time is long, but worth it!
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    Althea Christine 2 years ago
    I added too much lemon at the end. Otherwise it was a fragrant spiceful, tomato-ey goodness that worked well on top of some butter toast.
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    Wittmershaus 2 years ago
    Would make again. Added spinach.
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    Parnell Forbing 2 years ago
    Very Flavorful Dish. Perfect medium heat!
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    Pedro Dias 2 years ago
    Amazing taste!!!!! Added red peppers instead of jalapeño.
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    Caramel K 2 years ago
    Delicious! But next time I would not put the ingredients in the blender. Had to push the ingredients down after every pulse and it puréed the onions. I should have used the food processor or just chopped by hand.
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    Jana 2 years ago
    My first time making an Indian dish! It turned out so delicious! My hubby LOVED it and he’s a tough critic of Indian food as he’s from the UK, so he grew up on Indian dishes! I will definitely make again. And now I’m so fearful of attempting to make Indian dishes at home. Thank you! ❤️
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    Brian Park 2 years ago
    The whole family loved it. Very simple ingredients and easy to make. Add rice and naan and it’s a perfect fast weekday meal
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    sandy 2 years ago
    fantastic!!!! love it
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    William Stiteler 2 years ago
    Solid quick and easy thanks!
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    Added 2 spoons of sugar and little cream. Came out yummy 😋
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    Andy 3 years ago
    Turned out really good, very easy to make.
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    Dom 3 years ago
    I really liked it. Will make it again
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    Ruiz 3 years ago
    Fácil de preparar. Excelente guía con video y sabores intensos y deliciosos.
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    Pereira 3 years ago
    Came out well even with some substitutes
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    Bonnie Braudway 3 years ago
    We visited India last year and have been craving good Indian food. This hit the spot!
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    Benjamin Horen 3 years ago
    loved it. next time i wouldve added quite a bit more chili pepper and ground coriander earlier in the cooking process.
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    Sami Ab 3 years ago
    Quite a delicious recipee
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    Amshuv Girla 3 years ago
    really good.. i used tomato puree instead of hot sauce