Channa Masala Recipe

>>  Sunday, June 5, 2016

For the third and final day of cooking smooth gravies, I have yet another favorite of my kids, the chole. Our Sunday breakfast is alternated with either Appam and Tomato Kurma or Poori Channa. My boys are specific with the same dish being served. So I do not experiment all the time. 

However, this time, I wanted to make channa in the smooth gravy style. This was inspired by my colleague who had got it for lunch. I tweaked it further to suit my kids' tastebud. I was so happy I managed to cook this as a regular one after a long time.

On the whole, I enjoyed making this theme as it suits our daily cooking and having different options is so helpful to have on the menu.

Chana Masala Recipe

Ingredients Needed:

For the ground Masala

Onions - 2 medium
Tomato - 2 medium
Boiled Channa - 1/2 cup
Cloves - 2 
Cinnamon - 1
Cardamom - 1 
Oil - 1 tsp

For the gravy

Oil - 2 tsp
Green Chilies - 2
Ginger Garlic - 1/4 tsp
Finely chopped onions - 1 small
Ground Masala
Boiled Channa - 2 cups
Red Chili powder - 1 tsp
Channa Masala - 1 tsp
Turmeric powder a pinch
Salt to taste
Butter - 1 tbsp
Coriander leaves handful

How to make the Channa Masala ground style

Wash and change the water in channa couple of times. Soak with 3 times its amount water overnight. Change water and pressure cook with salt till it is soft. 

For the ground masala

Heat oil in a nonstick pan, saute the spices, then add onions, saute well. Then add tomatoes, saute.

Remove and cool it down. Then take the roasted ingredients along with 1 ladleful of boiled channa and grind to a smooth paste with adding water.

For the Gravy

Heat the nonstick pan with oil, saute with ginger garlic paste, slit green chilies, and finely chopped onions.

Saute till it turns colour. Then add the ground masala. Add the spice powders, let it get cooked well. When the oil comes out on the side and the masala is well cooked, add the boiled channa along with required water.

Adjust seasoning and add butter, coriander leaves and simmer for 5 mins.

Serve with pooris

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Priya Suresh June 5, 2016 at 9:56 PM  

Its been a while i had bhatura and channa masala, makes me hungry.

vaishali sabnani June 6, 2016 at 9:33 AM  

This is one combo that I really like, but if I make with smooth gravies I prefer to serve with rice.

Sarita June 7, 2016 at 12:57 AM  

This is an awesome combo! Love your Chana masala.

Pavani N June 8, 2016 at 2:00 AM  

Classic combo of poori and chole. Chole looks mouth watering.

Sowmya :) June 8, 2016 at 5:33 AM  

It's one of my favorite comfort food! Love your looks delicious. Also those dishes look really cute

Srividhya Gopalakrishnan June 8, 2016 at 8:03 PM  

Poori and chole yummy combo. Love your style of channa masala.

Smruti Shah June 10, 2016 at 11:20 PM  

Chole is our go-to curry atleast once a week. Your version looks super tempting!

Gayathri Kumar June 11, 2016 at 2:18 PM  

This is such a classical combination. My daughter loves poori with chole..

Archana Potdar June 12, 2016 at 6:20 PM  

It's been a while since I have made Chana of any kind. Now that monsoons have started I will be falling back on pulses and channa kind of recipes. So this is sure a welcome change in my menu.

Sandhya Ramakrishnan June 18, 2016 at 6:47 PM  

My older one loves chole and I am always looking for different flavors to make it for him. Poori and chole is an amazing combo :)

Sapana Behl August 31, 2016 at 7:15 PM  

You can never go wrong with chana it.

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