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Chana Gravy | Chana Masala

Chana Gravy
Chickpeas is rich in proteins . It is called as Kondakadalai in tamil, shanaga in telugu and kala chana in hindi. This Chana gravy uses simple and less ingredients and it can be prepared quickly. It goes well with chappati / roti. My mom grinds 2-3 tbsp of cooked chickpeas along with other masala items. It serves two purposes. The first purpose is it thickens the gravy. The second purpose is to make our toddlers eat. Please check below for step by step instructions and pictures for preparing Chana Gravy.

Soak Time: Overnight 
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Yields: 2 servings

Chana Gravy

Table 1:
Chickpeas / Kondakadalai 
1/2 cup 
2 tsp
1/4 tsp
Onion finely chopped
1/2 Cup
Tomato paste
3 tbsp
Coriander Leaves
For Garnishing

Table 2: To Grind
Cooked Chickpeas / Kondakadalai 
3 tbsp 
Fennel seeds
1 tsp
Ginger chopped
1 tsp
Garlic chopped 
1 tsp
Green Chilly chopped

  • Soak chickpeas over night and pressure cook with turmeric and enough water for 4-5 whistles till it turns soft. 
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  • Grind 3 tbsp Cooked chickpeas, fennel seeds, ginger, garlic and green chilly into a fine paste in a blender by adding enough water.
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  • Heat Oil in a pan. Add mustard. When mustard splutter, add onions and fry till they translucent.
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  • Add tomato paste followed by grind-ed paste and salt.  Fry for 2 mins. Add 1 cup of water.
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  • Allow the gravy to boil and add chickpeas. Simmer for 5 mins. Check salt and garnish with coriander leaves.
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Adjust green chillies to your taste.
Tomato paste can be replaced with finely chopped 1/4 cup tomatoes.
Adding grind-ed chickpeas thickens the gravy.


  1. Yummy & healthy food it is :)

  2. Just need some chappathis to finish this droolworthy channa masala..fingerlicking.

  3. Yummy and mouthwatering channa Masala...

  4. You know me and my shortcut to cooking. I buy the ready made chickpeas which comes in tins because it saves my time. I have to totally agree that the masala bit fits chappati. I don't make chappati so its with bread.

    Really attractive and nice.

  5. Aha, channa masala is an all time favorite night or day!
    Looks creamy, fresh and yummy. Love the usage of tomato paste!
    Nice clicks, Nithya!

  6. Yummy chana masala.. Awesome Nithya.. Loved this version especially since you added fennel seeds too.. Will try your way next time :-)

  7. looks so creamy and delicious ! the chickpeas looks so perfect and puffed up :)


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