Thursday, December 26, 2013

15 minute Chana Masala or Chhole Using Micowave

Other day I had run out of vegetables and it was very cold outside to go do any shopping. Suddenly I thought of couple of cans of garbanzo beans sitting in my pantry.  I quickly ended up making chana masala or chhole / garbanzo beans curry using these cans. It is very simple recipe and using microwave it take only 15-20 minutes including prep time and cooking time to make restaurant style chana masala.

Some of the spices used in recipe below are traditional Indian spices and are all easily available in any Indian Grocery store. You can also purchase this Indian Spices Starter Kit which includes all the below listed spices and many more without worrying about significant investment.

chhole chana masala

Preparation Time: 5 minute
Cook time: 15-17 minutes
Serves: 3 people

For gravy:

1.1/3 cup nicely cut onion
2.1/2  cup nicely cut tomato
3.1tsp garlic paste
4.1 bay leaf or tamal patra
5. pinch of salt (there is salt already added in canned garbanzo beans. So this pinch of salt is just to help onion/tomato cook quickly )

Ingredient for Chhole:

1. 1 can ( 14 - oz ) garbanzo beans (or cooked/salted garbanzo beans)
2.1/2 cup tomato pure
3.1-1/2tbsp oil
4.2tsp butter
5.1tsp red chili powder
6.pinch of turmeric powder ( optional )
7.1tsp sugar
8.1/4tsp coriander powder ( optional )
9.pinch asafoetida ( optional )
10.1/2tspn garam masala
11.1/4tsp kasuri methi ( dry fenugreek leaves ) powder (easily find in Indian grocery store ( optional )

Method Step By Step

1.In a microwave-safe bowl combine onion,  tomato, bay leaf, oil, butter and pinch of salt
2.Now cover it and cook it in microwave for 10-12 minutes until raw smell of onion is gone.
3.Add remaining ingredients and mix it well.
4. Cover it again and cook in microwave for another 5 minutes.
5. Chana masala is ready to serve  with puri ( Bhatura ), naan, rice etc.
6. You can use same chana masala or chhole with Samosa as Samosa Chaat.

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Sending this entry to healthy side dish event @ Priya's
and to My Lugume Love Affair - MLLA #70 @ Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen and The Well Season's Cook


  1. Very yummy dish. Thanks for linking this to my event

    On-going event: south indian cooking

  2. Thank You Nandoos. It was lovely round-up.

  3. Chana Masala is my favorite dish. The pic is so inviting with the onion garnish. Thank you for linking to MLLA 70.

  4. what a great easy dish - I am making this for lunch soon

    1. Thank You Johanna. Indeed great addition for lunch menu.

  5. I made this and both my wife and I loved it :) thank you!

  6. Hello Sean,

    Thank You for taking time to respond back with your experience of the recipe. I am glad you and your wife enjoyed it.



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