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Chickpea Masala + Video

Chickpea masala is homemade Indian curry with all the flavor of a restaurant version. Make this easy chana masala recipe in under an hour!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: main dishes, side dishes
Cuisine: Asian, Indian
Servings: 6
Author: Kevin


  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil or ghee
  • 2 red onions chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp ginger paste
  • 3 small Serrano chili peppers seeded and finely diced
  • 2 tbsp chana masala powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp garam masala seasoning
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 28 oz diced tomatoes (See Note 1)
  • 30 oz chickpeas (2 cans, drained - See Note 2)
  • 1 tsp amchur (dried mango powder, See Note 3)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice (optional)
  • Chopped cilantro for garnish


  • In a large stock pot or skillet add the oil and sauté the onions until almost golden.
  • Next add the garlic, ginger paste, chiles, chana masala (optional), cumin, turmeric, garam masala and salt. Stirring to mix thoroughly.
  • Add diced tomatoes and chickpeas (reserve 1 can chickpea liquid) to the onions. Slowly simmer for 30 minutes, uncovered.
  • Add the mango powder (optional), lemon juice and stir to incorporate completely. Season to taste. If the mixture is too thick feel free to dilute with water or chickpea liquid.
  • Serve with garnish of chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.



  1. If using fresh Roma tomatoes: removing the skins is optional. To remove tomato skins, cut a small X on the opposite end of the stem side, then cook the tomato in boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove and place into a large bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Using a paring knife peel back the skin from the X cut, discard the skins and dice the tomatoes.
  1. If you choose to use dried chickpeas instead of canned, follow the instructions in my post, how to cook chickpeas.
  1. Lemon juice may be substituted for amchur, the sweet and sour mango powder, if unavailable. Substitute three tablespoons of lemon juice for one teaspoon of amchur. May also substitute 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses as well.


Calories: 353kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 779mg | Fiber: 14g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 286IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 157mg | Iron: 8mg