How to make Chhole Masala / Channa Masala | Step by Step Recipe

>>  Thursday, July 21, 2011

We have been using this Everest brand for years, yet never bothered to check out the recipe at the back. Yesterday when I went to buy something else for tomorrow's post, I remembered that my Chhole Masala pack was getting over. So picked up this packet. Just on thought checked the recipe that was listed. I was surprised that the recipe was different from what I make. Now the recipe I make is adapted from what Amma makes and I always that she got the recipe from this. Seeing that it is different decided to make it this morning. 

I had a different plan for today, that will be made next week..:) After all I am blank on ideas on what to make for the Crunchy snacks and stocking up whatever idea I can get.

After much hungama, which I will share in tomorrow's post, this got done and sent for everybody's lunch today. Since it's the "chennai" masala that chinnu loves, he was happy to have it for lunch. I must say I loved the different taste this had. Though the recipe calls for onions and tomatoes to be added as finely chopped, I always prefer to make puree and add. Makes life more hassle, if you know how it is with kids.

I have already two different ways of making chhole/ channa, glad to add another recipe. So enjoy the step by step pictures to make this recipe

Doesn't this lunch box look cute! New addition for Konda..:)

Step by Step pictures to make Chhole Masala / Channa Masala

Ingredients Needed:

Kabuli Channa / Chickpea - 1 cup
Onions, puree - 2 medium
Tomatoes - 2 medium
Chili powder - 3/4 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Chhole Masala - 1 tsp
Chat Masala - 1/2 tsp
Kasuri Methi - few
Salt to taste
Oil - 2 tsp
Green Chilies - 3 long
Ginger, 1" as grated.

How to make Chhole Masala :

Wash and soak kabuli channa overnight. Pressure cook it till done, it takes about 3 -4 whistles for me. Gently mash some channa, this thickens the gravy.

Heat a non stick pan, add oil followed by onion puree. Saute till the onion is well cooked.

Then add all the spice powders, salt, mix well and cook for 1 mins. Then add the tomato puree. Continue cooking in sim, till the tomato turns thick.

Add slit green chilis and grated ginger. Drain the channa and mash some of them. Add to the tomato paste and cook well. Then add the drained water and bring to boil.

Finally add the coriander leaves. Simmer for couple mins or till the gravy is thick enough.

Serve with rotis.

We really enjoyed the different taste this had, never thought adding chat masala would make so much difference. I am glad I got another recipe.

Channa Masala
Channa Masala with Aloo

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Vardhini July 21, 2011 at 7:16 AM  

All time favorite. Looks yummy. Love those cute boxes.

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harini-jaya July 21, 2011 at 7:30 AM  

it is true that chat masala adds a different taste to the this version too..

Neha July 21, 2011 at 8:51 AM  

Chole looks good...Even i make chole in almost similar way with a few alterations...check out at

Aarthi July 21, 2011 at 9:20 AM  

very yummy one..i love chickpeas so much

Hari Chandana July 21, 2011 at 10:24 AM  

Looks absolutely perfect.. Simply inviting dear.. Yummy :)
Indian Cuisine

Maneesh Sivaprasad July 21, 2011 at 10:35 AM  


yet another version for you:

Instead of the Everest masala of Chole Massala
Add: 1 Tbsp of Aachi Kulumbu Masala.

Trust me: It is all together a diff chole!!


Gayathri Kumar July 21, 2011 at 10:43 AM  

Masala looks so inviting...

Taste Junction July 21, 2011 at 11:17 AM  

This is how we make it too...would now like to know how you make it!!

Saras July 21, 2011 at 11:35 AM  

Yummm, Want to finish off the whole platter.

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Archana July 21, 2011 at 4:27 PM  

Love this.

ANU July 21, 2011 at 5:40 PM  

very detail instructions it

Priya (Yallapantula) Mitharwal July 21, 2011 at 8:45 PM  

Absolutely delicious recipe and pics :)

Nithya July 21, 2011 at 10:25 PM  

I love channa masala so much that I can have it all 365days of the year :)

Srivalli July 21, 2011 at 10:43 PM  

Thank you guys, I am so glad that I have so many friends who love chhole as much as I do..:)

Maneesh, I remember you telling me that, will surely prepare that way sometime soon..:), thanks for dropping by!

Sugirtha Sugirtha October 12, 2012 at 12:22 PM  

Simply superb

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