Channa Masala / Chole Masala

Channa masala / Chole masala is a regular and popular Indian Vegetarian dish prepared with Kabuli channa. However, it is popular in almost all parts of the country and has different variations.

I often prepare this dish, as it is high in protein and also my favorite. I always see to it that I use protein in my daily intake. It is a fantastic side dish for chapati and pooris.

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Channa Masala / Chole Masala
Soaking time       : 8 hours or overnight
Prep time             : 10 minutes (excluding soaking time)
Cooking time      : 20 minutes
Total time            : 30 minutes
Servings      : 4
Category    : Side dish
Cuisine       : North Indian
1 Cup White Channa
1 Cup chopped onion
1 medium size chopped tomato
2-3 Green chilies
1 Tablespoon ginger – garlic paste
0.5 Teaspoon turmeric powder
0.5 Teaspoon red chili powder
0.5 Teaspoon garam masala powder
1 Tablespoon Coriander powder
1 Teaspoon cumin seeds
1 Tablespoon oil
Salt to taste

  • Wash and soak the channa overnight and pressure cook channa with a little salt and turmeric powder in about 2 cups of water for 5-6 whistles. Channa should be soft.
  • Grind ginger and garlic to a fine paste.
  • Finely chop onion, tomato and green chili


  • Heat oil in a pan and crackle cumin seeds, then add green chilies, ginger-garlic paste and onion. Sauté till golden brown.
  • Add tomatoes and all spice powder. Cook till oil separates.
  • Now, add the cooked channa and mix well. Add 1/2 cup of water and cook for a few minutes on medium flame until everything gets blended well with the masala. Add salt if needed.
  • Garnish with cilantro and serve hot.

N ‘ joy!!


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