Chana Masala Recipe - Easy Chole Masala (without coconut)

Chana Masala is one dish I would love to try different recipes with variations. I loved this easy method of pressure cooking everything together which I learnt from my aunt recently. I have already posted chana masala with coconut a while back and this is another version without coconut....Now you have your choice of choosing between the two :) This goes well poori , rotis or even any mild pulaos.
Chole Masala Recipe

Chana Masala Recipe - Ingredients

Prep Time: 10 mins    |  Cook time: 20 mins    Serves: 2

Chana - 3/4 cup
Big Onion - 1 small sized chopped finely
Red Chilli Powder - 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder - 3/4 tsp
Garam masala (or) Chana Masala powder - 1 tsp
Coriander leaves - just to garnish
Lemon juice - from half a lemon
Water - 2.5 cups in total
Salt - to taste

To saute and grind:

Oil - 2 tsp
Tomatoes - 3 medium sized chopped roughly
Big Onion - 1 medium sized chopped roughly
Ginger - 1 inch piece
Garlic - 6 cloves
Fennel Seeds - 1 tsp
Pepper - 1/2 tsp

To temper:

Oil - 1.5 tbsp
Cinnamon - 1/2 inch piece
Cloves - 2
Bayleaf - 1/2
Chana Masala Recipe
  1. Soak chana overnight or atleast for 8 hours.Pressure cook chana with enough water(say 1.5 cups) for 5 whistles or until soft,Set aside.In a pan heat oil - add onion, tomato, ginger, garlic and saute till mushy and raw smell of tomatoes leaves. Allow it to cool, then add fennel seeds and pepper corns along with this in a mixer.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step1
  2. Grind it to a fine paste.Set aside. In a pressure cooker heat oil - add the items under 'to temper' then add onions and fry till golden brown.Then add the tomato onion paste.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step2
  3. Add the spice powders, mix well.Once the raw smell of masalas leave add chana along with the cooked water to this mixture and pressure cook for 1 whistle in medium flame.Add required salt.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step3
  4. Once done, open and add more water if the gravy is too thick - I added remaining 1 cup water and allowed it to boil in sim for 5mins.Once oil seperates and desired consistency is reached, Garnish with coriander leaves,lemon juice and switch off.
    Chana Masala Recipe - Step4
Serve hot with bhatura / rotis!
Chole Masala Recipe

My Notes:

Chana Masala Recipe

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