Easy Chana Masala (Chickpea Curry)

Chana Masala Recipe Moore Mealz

I used to keep a few boxes of Trader Joe’s Chana Masala in the freezer at all times. That was before I realized how easy it is to make this dish at home, in less than an hour. It’s also so much more flavorful, fragrant and fresh when you make it yourself. The Garam Masala, an Indian spice blend, is what makes this dish taste authentic. You can find it at your local Indian grocer or online.

Chana Masala Recipe

This Chana Masala recipe is Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly, and Gluten Free. I’d highly suggest making a double batch and freezing half to eat for another meal. It will taste just as good and save you some time. I won’t do too much more talking though. Let’s get to the recipe.

Chana Masala Recipe
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Chana Masala

This Quick & Easy Chana Masala may give your local Indian Restaurant a run for their money. Yeah, it's that good.
Author: Erica
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Category: Main Course, Dinner
Cuisine: Indian, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword: Chana Masala
Servings: 4



  • Heat the olive oil in a medium sauce pan. Add the onion, garlic, and jalapeno pepper, and saute 3-4 minutes until tender, stirring constantly.
  • Now add the garam masala, cumin, turmeric, ginger, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper, and saute for another minute.
  • Add the chickpeas, crushed tomatoes, brown sugar and water. Stir thoroughly to mix everything together, and cover the sauce pan. Simmer on low for about 15 minutes.
  • Season to taste with the sea salt and black pepper. Then simmer for another 10 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and serve hot over rice. Garnish with cilantro.


You may also serve with Naan or another type of Indian bread.
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If you enjoyed this recipe, make sure you check out my Curry Channa Recipe.


When I’m not in the kitchen developing recipes and taking cool photos of food, you’ll find me over at my lifestyle blog- The Glamorous Gleam. Oh, I’m also a Freelance MUA & Hair Stylist.

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