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restaurant style chana masala

Restaurant style chana masala

  • Author: Jess
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: Indian


A healthy and easy vegetarian chickpea dish that is perfect for a weeknight dinner!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1-inch cube ginger, minced
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup water or vegetable broth
  • 2 tsp maple syrup
  • a squeeze of lemon juice
  • 2 cans of chickpeas (approx 1000ml, or 3 cups)
  • Fresh cilantro (to top)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat then add the cumin seeds, mustard seeds, coriander seeds and bay leaves. Let cook for 1 minute until fragrant.
  2. Next add the onion, ginger and garlic and mix together letting cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix together, then lower the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Top with fresh cilantro and serve with a side of rice.


This chana masala freezes well!


  • Serving Size: 1/6 recipe
  • Calories: 340
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Fat: 9g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 52g
  • Fiber: 15g
  • Protein: 16g

Keywords: how to make chana masala, vegetarian chickpea curry