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Channa masala

Channa masala or chickpea curry is one of the most popular indian recipes. Here is an authentic family recipe that is vegan and gluten free.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
cooking the dried chickpeas 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Dish, Traditional
Cuisine diabetic friendly, gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings 2 people


  • Pressure cooker


To cook the dried chickpeas

  • 1/4 cup chickpea ( cooked and drained)
  • 2 cups drinking water ( for soaking the chickpeas)
  • 1 cup drinking water ( for cooking the chickpeas)
  • 1-2 pieces dried gooseberry ( amla or use 1 black tea bag)

To make the gravy

  • 1/2 cup aquafaba The cooking liquid from the chickpeas or use vegetable stock.
  • 1/2 cup buna masala

For the channa masala spice mix ( makes enough for 6-8 servings)

  • 1 medium bayleaf tej patta
  • 2 cloves laung
  • 1 inch cinnamon stick dalchini
  • 3-4 Black pepper kalimirch
  • 1/4 tsp carom seeds ajwain
  • 1 fennel seed saunf
  • 1 cumin seeds jeera
  • 1 coriander seeds
  • 1 dry red chillies
  • 1/2 tsp pomegranate seeds ( dried pomegranate seeds are used in indian cooking, Swap for dried mango powder if you dont have anardhana)


  • 1 tbsp coriander leaves
  • 4-5 pieces fresh ginger root (julliened)
  • 1 tbsp coconut cream


to make the masala mix

  • Dry roast the ingredients for the masala powder on a low heat.
  • Once crispy, let it cool.
  • Powder them together and set it aside till needed.

to cook the dried chickpeas

  • Soak the dried chickpeas for about 4-6 hours.
  • Drain the soaked chickpeas after the time and pressure cook with thewaterand dried gooseberry ( indian pressure cooker) for 3-4 whistles.
  • Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Let the pressure release naturally.

To make the channa masala

  • Into a deep pan add the thawed bunamasala and the aquafaba and bring it to a simmer.
  • Add the cooked chickpeas to this and mix well.
  • Adjust the salt, sprinkle 1/2tsp of teh masala powder.
  • Let this simmer for a 5-7 minutes.
  • Transfer the channa masala into a serving dish, garnish with coriander leaves, coconut creme and ginger julliene.
  • Serve warm. ( check out the pairing options given below)
    chana masala - chickpea curry.
Keyword Indian vegetarian dinner, Lunch recipes
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