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Channa Masala (Chickpea Curry)

Channa Masala (Chickpea Curry)

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Fantastic Indian vegetarian curry recipe that I got from my mom. This is great with Indian bread (parathas, naan) or with rice. This is my husband's favorite!

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  • Calories:
  • 246 kcal
  • 12%
  • Fat:
  • 5.4 g
  • 8%
  • Carbs:
  • 42.6g
  • 14%
  • Protein:
  • 8.5 g
  • 17%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 1007 mg
  • 40%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Combine the tomatoes, about half the onion, the ginger, and rice flour in a blender; blend into a paste.
  2. Heat the oil and cumin seeds in a large skillet over medium-high heat until the cumin swells and turns golden brown. Cook the remaining onion in the hot oil for about 3 minutes. Stir the blended tomato mixture, garbanzo beans, curry powder, and salt into the onions; cover and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Garnish with the cilantro to serve.
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Mfundis Scott

really, really good and very easy to prepare. I used ground cumin instead, adding after cooking the onions 5 minutes, and also added 8 0z. of yogurt at the end, cooking maybe 5 minutes.


Things I did.. I marinated my garbanzo beans in some garam masala overnight. This adds depth to the dish. I sauteed the onion in canola oil, added ginger then (1) 28oz can of chopped tomatoes. Cooked thoroughly. Added beans and used an immersion blender to puree a little bit. I then added (1) 14oz can of lite coconut milk. Cooked a little further. Tasted it to check to see if it needed anything. I added a couple more shakes of garam masala. Simmered on the stove for another 10 minutes. Served over rice. Only giving it 3 stars b/c as written I think it needs some tweaking. Possibly 4 stars with my tweaking. Thanks for sharing !


This was very good, though I did make some modifications to it: I tried to roast the cumin seeds as directed, but I didn't have much luck with that, so I ended up scooping them out of the pan and using cumin powder instead. After I followed the recipe, I didn't like the flavor too much (I felt I could still taste the "canned" flavor of the chickpeas), so I added 2 tablespoons of tomato paste and some more cumin and curry. I'll admit that the first night it was... ok. The second day, it was better, and the third day, WOW, it was great. I really loved the texture that came from putting the tomatoes and onions in the blender. I wasn't sure it would be worth the effort, but it actually gave the sauce a nice smoothness that I really enjoyed. I will definitely try it again (with no changes) and see how it goes!