Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala

Channa(Chole) Masala is a spicy chick peas masala and can be made as mild or hot as you like. Its a famous north indian dish which can go very well with chappathi. This is something my daughter in law cooks in my home. Again, there are many variations in cooking channa masala and this is the one common method which we cook in our home.

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Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala
Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala


Preparation and Yield:
Preparation time12 hours
Cooking Time40 mins
Servings4
Recipe CategoryVegetarian Gravy
Recipe CuisineSouth Indian

Ingredients:

Chole/Chick peas1 Cup
Onion1, finely chopped
Tomato3, pureed
SaltTo Taste
Red Chili powder1 teaspoon
Green Chillies2
Ginger-Garlic Paste1 Tablespoon
Turmeric1/4 teaspoon
Cinnamon1" stick
Cardamom2
Cloves3-4

Ingredients For Chole Masala:
Cinnamon1" stick
Cardamom2
Cloves3-4
Peppercorns1 Teaspoon
Red Chilli3
Dry Pomegranate Seeds1 Teaspoon
Amachur1" Piece
Coriander Seeds1 Tablespoon

For Seasoning:
Oil / Butter1 tablespoon
Cumin Seeds1 teaspoon

Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala
Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala

Method:


  • Soak the Chole/Channa in water overnight. Next day, drain the water and add fresh water along with salt. In a small clean cloth add cinnamon, cloves and cardamom powder and tie the edges and put it along with chole and pressure cook it allowing for atleast 4 whishtles. If you get ready-boiled chickpeas which is rinsed in the colander in the market then you can use that as well and you can skip this step.
  • Dry roast the ingredients til they are warm and cool down and grind it to a fine powder and set it aside
  • Heat oil in a pan. Add Cumin Seeds and allow it to sputter. Add onion and saute till transparent.
  • Add ginger-garlic paste and saute along with onions. Then, add tomato puree and stir well
  • Add turmeric powder, red chilli powder, chole masala and salt and cover and cook the masala in low flame till the oil oozes out
  • Add cooked chole and stir well. Again cover and cook in low flame 10 minutes.  Finally garnish with coriander leaves
  • Serve the mouth-watering Chole Masala along with Indian Bread!
  • Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala
    Channa Masala / Chole Masala / Kondai Kadalai Masala

    Note:
    • There are many variations for making this. We can grind the onions and tomatoes along with green chilli, ginger and then we can do the seasoning and fry the ground paste and add the chick peas and prepare the masala
    • If you need the color to be dark brown as served in the hotels, then you can add a tea bag while cooking the chick peas in pressure cooker

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