Chana Masala for Puri

Chana Masala for Puri - South Indian Feast

by Sandhya,

Channa masala is yet another classic accompaniment for Puri/ Roti. It is simple and delicious. Though many prefer potato curry for puri, I prefer channa masala. Mainly because of the protein content in chana/ Chickpeas. Unlike many other lentils, white chana is easier to digest. It also has many health benefits. Esp, if you add a little ginger to any of the lentils, like this one here, you can master gastronomy!

Prep Time 8 hours (for soaking the chana)
Cook Time 15 mins

Key Ingredients

Kabuli chana or White chana or chickpeas 1 cup (1 cup = 200 ml)
Turmeric powder 1 tsp
Onion 3 medium sized chopped as chunks
Chopped tomato 1 medium sized
Garlic pods 3 nos.
Ginger 1 inch piece
Green Chilies 3 nos.
Oil 2 tbsp
Bay leaf 1 no.
Jeera 2 tsp
Red chili powder 1 tsp
Coriander powder 1 tsp
Garam masala 1 tsp
Chana masala 1 1/2 tsp
Amchur/ Dry mango powder 1 tsp
Coriander leaves


  1. Soak the kabuli chana overnite and then cook in cooker for 2 to 3 whistles with little turmeric in it.
  2. Grind to smooth paste the following – onions, garlic pods, ginger, green chilies and some coriander leaves.
  3. Take a kadai, heat oil, add a bay leaf and jeera. When it turns brown add in the paste, saute till the mixture turns brown in colour.
  4. Then add turmeric powder, Red chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, chana masala powder and amchur powder. Saute well by adding required salt
  5. And add the chopped tomato. Let it cook for sometime. Then add the cooked chana. Add required water and salt.
  6. Let it cook for 5 mins. Finally garnish with finely chopped coriander leaves.

Serve hot with Puri or Roti

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