Category Archives: Garbanzo beans

Choley / Chana Masala

1 Can Garbanzo beans
1 Red onion – diced
3 Medium sized tomatoes – diced
1 Jalapeno – chopped
½ tsp Cumin Seeds
½ tsp Ginger Paste
½ tsp Garlic Paste
½ tsp Red Chili Powder
¼ tsp Cumin Powder
½ tsp Coriander Powder
¼ tsp Turmeric Powder
1 tbs Chana Masala Powder
1 tbs Lemon juice
¼ tsp Mango Powder – Aamchur Powder
Handful of Cilantro Leaves
2 cups of water
2 tbs of Oil
1 tbs of Butter to Garnish

Rinse the garbanzo beans well till all the frothiness disappears and keep aside.
In a wok add the oil and cumin seeds and let it sputter.
Add the onions and fry till translucent.
Add the tomatoes and jalapeno and cook till tomatoes become soft.
Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook till raw smell disappears.


Add garbanzo beans and coat well with the tomatoes.
Add the red chili powder, turmeric, cumin and coriander powder and mix well.
Add the cilantro leaves and mix well.
Add 2 cups of water and cook for 20 minutes or till you can crush the garbanzo bean with two fingers.
Now add the chana masala powder, this will make the mixture froth up a bit.
Cook till all the frothiness disappears.
Add the lemon juice and mango powder.
Mix well and cook for another 5 minutes or till a desired consistency is reached.


Garnish with a tablespoon of butter.
Serve hot with roti, naan or rice.


In case you want to be brave or cannot find Chana masala powder and have the time to grind your own here is a good link:

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