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easy chana masala recipe

Authentic Amritsari Chana Masala Recipe

An easy chana masala recipe for you to cook.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Soaking Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian, Punjabi
Servings 3 people
Calories 562 kcal


  • Pressure cooker


  • 2 cups Chickpeas
  • 2 Onions finely chopped
  • 2 Tomatoes finely chopped
  • 2 Green chillies slit
  • 3 tbsp Oil 
  • 3 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • Salt as per taste
  • 2 tbsp Chole masala spice mix
  • 2 tbsp Coriander chopped
  • 1 tsp Coriander powder optional
  • 1 tsp Red chilli powder optional


  • Soak the chickpeas overnight or for at least 5 hours. Drain the water and wash thoroughly and place them in a pressure cooker and add enough water to cook the chickpeas.
  • Add salt to the Chickpeas pressure cook them till soft. Do not drain the cooking liquor.
  • In a deep bottomed pan, take oil and heat it. Once the oil is hot, add the finely chopped onions and fry till golden brown.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and cook while stirring till the raw flavour is gone.
  • Once the ginger garlic paste is cooked, add finely chopped tomatoes. Add salt (keep in mind that we already added salt to cook chole) and cook with the lid closed till the tomatoes ooze out the oil.
  • Add the chole masala powder to this and mix well. Add the pressure cooked chickpeas along with the stock and cook with the lid closed.
  • Cook for 10 mins till the chole absorbs the flavour of the gravy. Add slit green chillies and mix well. Garnish with coriander and turn off the flame.


* Generally, when we add chole masala spice mix we don’t need to add any other powders, but if you like it little spicy, you can red chilli powder and coriander powder.
** While cooking chole, add a pouch with a tea bag and dry mango pieces that will give the chole nice colour. (I skipped this step, in my preparation today.)
Keyword chana masala, chickpeas curry, chole recipes, gluten-free, punjabi dish, veg recipes