Punjabi Chana Masala Recipe
Punjabi Style Chana Masala is a delicious Indian chickpea curry that happens to be vegan and gluten-free. Learn how to make best chana masala without onion or garlic.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
- 1 Cup white chana chickpeas
- Salt to taste
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 green cardamoms
- 2 cloves
Spices For Chana Masala
- 2 teaspoon each cumin powder mango powder (amchur), fennel powder (saunf), coriander powder
- 1 teaspoon anardana crushed pomegranate seeds
- 1 teaspoon red chili powder
- 1 teaspoon chaat masala
- 1 teaspoon Garam Masala see recipe here
- 1/4 teaspoon asafoetida
- 2 teaspoon kasuri methi
Other Ingredients For Chana Masala
- 2 green chili slit
- 1 medium-size boiled potato cut into chunks
- an inch piece of ginger peeled and cut into thin strips
- Juice of half a lemon
- 2 tablespoon fresh coriander leaves chopped
How To Boil Chana (Chickpeas)
Clean, wash and soak chana overnight in water or for 5 - 6 hours.
Next day drain water, transfer chana in a colander and set aside.
Add soaked chickpeas in a pressure cooker with 4 Cups of water.
Add whole spices and salt to the pressure cooker.
Close the lid of pressure cooker and cook chickpeas until soft. For me, it takes 4 – 5 whistles over a low flame.
Allow the steam to release naturally from the pressure cooker.
Open the lid, discard the whole spices
Transfer chickpeas into a large bowl and reserve water in which chickpeas were cooked.
How To Cook Chana Masala
Heat heavy bottomed pan over low heat.
Add all the spices and asafoetida. Mix nicely and dry roast for 1 minute or till aromatic.
Now add kasuri methi to the roasted spices. Fry for 2 - 3 seconds.
Add boiled chana and mix nicely. Cook covered for 10 minutes over low heat.
After 10 minutes, add ginger, green chili, boiled potato, coriander leaves and 2 cups of reserved water.
Stir nicely and allow chana to simmer over low heat to absorb the flavor of spices.
Once the Chana Masala starts thickening, taste and adjust the seasoning accordingly.
How To Serve Chana Masala
Recommended Equipments: Pressure Cooker ( buy it here )