Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans. It is a good source of cholesterol lowering fiber and protein. Its high fiber content prevents blood sugar level from rising too rapidly after taking meals and hence, a very good diet for diabetic people. Chickpeas is a very popular ingredient in middle eastern and Indian dishes such as hummus, falafel and Chana masala. Chana masala is a very popular dish in north India. You can find this dish in every restaurant's menu. It is very easy cook so lets give it a try.

Cooking time – 20-25 min

Serves – 4

  1. Chickpeas – 2 cups (soaked in water for 5-6 hr) / 2 small cans
  2. Onion – 1 ½ medium size ( finely chopped)
  3. Tomato – 2 medium size (pureed)
  4. Garlic paste – 1 tbsp
  5. Ginger paste – 1 tbsp
  6. Bay leaf – 2
  7. Clove – 2-3
  8. Cardamom – 2
  9. Cinnamon stick – 1
  10. Cumin seeds – 1 tsp
  11. Red chili powder – 1 tsp
  12. Turmeric powder – 1 tsp
  13. Coriander powder – 1 ½ tbsp
  14. Cumin powder - ½ tbsp
  15. Yogurt (beaten) - ½ cup
  16. Kashmiri chili powder / paprika – 1 tsp
  17. Olive oil / vegetable oil – 3 tbsp
  18. Salt to taste
  19. Coriander leaves / cilantro leaves (chopped) – 1 tbsp

  1. Soak the chickpeas for 5-6 hr in water. Cook in a pressure cooker till chickpeas get tender (3-4 whistles). Do not discard the water. If you are using chickpea cans then you don't need to soak and cook but discard the liquid.

  2. Now heat a heavy bottomed vessel with oil & add cumin seeds, bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon stick. When they crackle, add finely chopped onion, ginger, garlic paste and salt. Fry on medium heat till onions turn translucent. Now add tomato puree and all spices (chili powder, turmeric powder, coriander powder, cumin powder) and keep stirring. Cook this mixture on medium heat for 5-6 min.
  3. Now add yogurt and pressure cooked chickpeas with water or canned chickpeas. Mix them well and cover this vessel .If you are using can then add ½ cup of water. Cook for 10-12 min on medium low heat or until it gets nicely cooked. Turn off the stove. Chana masla is ready to serve. Serve with rice, roti, naan or parantthas.

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