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Chana Masala Served with Indian bread and condiments
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Chana Masala

Want to learn how to make Chana Masala also known as chole masala, chholay? Consider this your how-to guide on preparing this well-loved Indian dish!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Keyword Chana Masala, Chole Masala
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 teaspoon cooking oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 green cardamom
  • 1 packet Sukhi’s Classic Indian Curry Paste
  • 2 medium tomatoes finely chopped
  • salt or to taste
  • 2 cans about 15-oz chickpeas rinsed and drained
  • 1 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup cilantro chopped for garnish


  • Heat a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the oil, cumin seeds and cardamom.
  • Add Sukhi’s Classic Indian Curry Paste. Cook on medium for one minute. Add the tomatoes. Cook for 3-5 minutes on medium high until the tomatoes are cooked.
  • Mix in the chickpeas, salt, and 2 ¼ cups of water.
  • Raise the heat to high to bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium, cover and let cook for 15-20 minutes, until the chickpeas are very tender.
  • Uncover, and continue to sauté for another 2-3 minutes to desired consistency. Taste and adjust salt and seasoning. Add lemon juice, and cilantro leaves.
  • Serve hot with hot chapati or rice.