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May 31, 2017

Easy Chana Masala Recipe In Pressure cooker – How To Make Chana Masala Recipe

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Easy chana masala recipe
You will not believe if I say this is the first time I am trying North Indian style Chana masala recipe using a pressure cooker. Usually I make South Indian hotel style chana kurma for chapathiEven though I have tasted chana masala ( Kabuli chana curry) in Punjabi and other North Indian restaurants, I haven’t tried at home. 

Recently my friend Shalini was suggesting me to try this easy chana masala recipe using Everest Chana masala/Chole masala spice mix powder. She told me to follow the recipe given on the pack. As I had already tried Chole recipe using homemade chole masala powder in my Punjabi thali post, I wanted to find the taste of chana masala using store bought powder.So I tried Chana bhatura for our weekend breakfast. I prepared few poori as well. We all loved its taste and I prepared again for their lunch box too. 

Actually I wanted to post both Chana masala and bhatura recipes today but bhatura din’t come out so well as expected. I will try to make a perfect bhatura recipe and share it soon. So today I am sharing this easy, one pot chana masala gravy using a pressure cooker. If you have homemade or store bought chana masala powder and cooked chickpea in hand, making this recipe is a breeze. This is a perfect bachelor style recipe. 

As a disclaimer, I would like to mention that this is not the authentic chana masala recipe or restaurant style one. This is just a simple, no grind version that would help working women, busy housewives and bachelors to make a quick side dish for chapathi, poori and bhatura. If you like, you can have it mixed with rice as well. 

Lets see how to make easy chana masala at home with step by step photos and video.
Finally, do check out my Kabuli biryani recipe ( chana dal biryani) and chana sundal recipes if interested !

How to make chana masala

Chana masala recipe - Easy chana masala in a pressure cooker

Chana masala recipe - Easy chole masala Easy chana masala/chole masala recipe in a pressure cooker using storebought chana masala spice mix powder.
Cuisine: Indian
Category: Side dish for roti/chapathi
Serves: 3
Prep time: 10 Minutes
Cook time: 15 Minutes
Total time: 25 Minutes

1 cup - 250ml
  • Kabuli chana/ white chickpeas - 3/4 cup ( soaked for 8 hours)
  • Cooking oil + ghee - 1 tbsp + 1 tbsp
  • Big onion - 1 no ( finely chopped)
  • Ripe tomato - 3 nos ( finely chopped)
  • Red chilli powder - 1 tsp
  • Dhania powder - 1 tsp
  • Chana masala powder - 2 tsp ( I have tried Everest & MDH brand, Both are good)
  • Green chilli - 1 no
  • Ginger - 1 inch piece
  • Chat masala powder - 1/2 tsp
  • Kasoori methi - 1/2 tsp ( crushed)
  • Coriander leaves - to garnish

  • Wash and soak white chickpeas/kabuli chana in water for 8 hours or overnight. It gets doubled after soaking. Pressure cook in low flame for 3 whistles adding required salt and water. Take 1/4 cup cooked chana and mash it well. Set aside.
    Heat oil + ghee in a pressure cooker. Saute finely chopped onion, slit green chilli and thinly sliced ginger. Saute for a minute. Add finely chopped tomato and salt ,saute until mushy.
    easy chana masala recipe
  • Now add the red chilli powder, dhania powder, chana masala powder. Mix well. Add 1 cup of water, 1/4 cup mashed chana, 1 cup cooked chana and mix well. Note that you can also add uncooked chana directly after soaking but chana won;t cook soft.In that case, you should add a big pinch of baking soda in the gravy.
    easy chana masala recipe
  • Pressure cook in low flame for 2 whistles.Remove the lid after steam is released. Add chat masala powder, crushed kasoori methi. Mix well.Garnish with coriander leaves if you like.
    easy chana masala recipe
  • Mix well and serve with poori, chapathi or bhatura ! Enjoy !
    easy chana masala recipe

  • Adjust the quantity of spice powders as per your taste.
  • You can add the spice powders after sauting onion, then add tomatoes. This was given in the Everest pack.But I added the masala powders after adding tomato.
  • If you want to replace chana masala powder, add 1 tsp garam masala powder + 1/2 tsp aamchur powder.

Try this easy, one pot chana masala for poori/bhatura or Chapathi !
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