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Recipe of Chickpea Curry or Chana Masala With Tadka Rice

Updated on November 11, 2015

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The Versatile chickpea curry

Chickpea curry or Chana masala is a Mughal dish and is considered a healthy choice as chickpeas or garbanzo beans have lots of health benefits. It is my favorite vegetarian maincourse dish. My family loves it with Tadka rice that is why I decided to present the both recipes together however Chana masala / chickpea curry is equally tasty when served with naan or tandoori roti. chickpea curry is served along with achaar/pickle and salad and wedges of lemon to bring out the real authentic flavor of this fancy dish. In Pakistan chickpea curry is also served with poori,halwa and bathooray which is also a kind of poori( fried flat bread). Today I am making chickpea curry with Tadka rice however it goes great with steamed white rice as well.

Delicious chickpea curry

Delicious chickpea curry served with tadka rice and slices of lemon to enhance flavor.
Delicious chickpea curry served with tadka rice and slices of lemon to enhance flavor. | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 1 hour 30 min
Ready in: 2 hours 30 min
Yields: Serves 6

Ingredients for Chickpea Curry

  • 1 lb Chickpeas / Garbanzo beans, is same as White chana or cholay
  • 1/2 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 Onions, medium size
  • 1 Tomato, Medium size
  • 1 tsp Ginger Paste
  • 1 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Garam masala powder, or allspice powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds, or Zeera
  • 1 stick Cinnamon, or Daar cheeni
  • 2 Black Cardamom, or ilaichi
  • 1 Bay leaf, or curry leaves
  • 2 tsp Salt, or according to taste
  • 2 tsp Red chilli powdwer., or Paprika powder.
  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder, or Haldi powder
  • 1/2 bunch Green cilantro leaves, Chopped
  • 1/2 cup Canola Cooking oil, or vegetable oil

Ingredients for Tadka Rice

  1. 2 cups of Rice
  2. 1 tsp of Butter
  3. 1 tsp of Salt


  1. Ideally Chickpeas have to be soaked overnight with baking soda mixed in water enough to cover the chickpeas or about at least four hours at least. Although about 4-6 hours works fine.
  2. For Chickpea curry or Chana Masala , Slice on onion and chop the tomato.
  3. Chop Green cilantro leaves or hara dhania for garnishing the curry.
  4. For Tadka rice ,soak rice for twenty minutes to half an hour.

Making chickpea curry

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Soaked chickpeas Making masala for chickpea curry.Stir in the drained chickpeas and mix.Add water enough to cover the chickpeas and let cook on low heat.Final step of making curry.
Soaked chickpeas
Soaked chickpeas | Source
Making masala for chickpea curry.
Making masala for chickpea curry. | Source
Stir in the drained chickpeas and mix.
Stir in the drained chickpeas and mix. | Source
Add water enough to cover the chickpeas and let cook on low heat.
Add water enough to cover the chickpeas and let cook on low heat. | Source
Final step of making curry.
Final step of making curry. | Source

Recipe of Chana Masla

  1. Heat oil in a pot. Add sliced onions and fry until light brown. Now add the whole spices ,salt,red chilli powder,turmeric powder and stir.
  2. Add tomato,ginger and garlic paste, green chillis (optional) and some water and let it cook on low flame for about half an hour without letting it stick to the bottom.
  3. In the meantime boil chicpeas in a big pot with enough water to soak chickpeas and boil them until they are tender but not mashed.Now turn off the flame and drain water from the chickpeas by shifting them in a big colander.
  4. With a wooden spoon mix very well and make sure most of the Onions an tomatoes are no more visible. You can also grind the onion and then add to the oil in the first step to make it easier. The oil will most likely seperate from the mixture at this point.
  5. If cooking in a pot, add the drained chick peas and a cup of water and let cook for about an hour on low flame or until chickpeas are completely tender and soe of the chickpeas start to mash up and mix in the curry.
  6. Use pressure cooker for faster result. If using pressure cooker, pour the chickpeas in a cooker and pressure cook at this step for 2-5 minutes.
  7. Turn off the flame under pressure cooker and wait for few minutes before opening. Upon opening add chopped cilantro leaves and all spice powder/garam masala powder and mix. Delicious chickpea curry/ Chana masala is ready.

Making Tadka rice

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Soaked basmati riceMaking tadka/ tarika for rice.Add water and let it come to boil.
Soaked basmati rice
Soaked basmati rice | Source
Making tadka/ tarika for rice.
Making tadka/ tarika for rice. | Source
Add water and let it come to boil.
Add water and let it come to boil. | Source

Recipe of Tadka Rice

  1. Heat a Tbsp of butter or ghee/ oil in a pot and add sliced onion.
  2. On medium flame ,fry until onions are light brown.
  3. Add some cumin seeds(optional).
  4. Add 3 cups of water for Basmati rice and 2 1/2 cup for regular white rice.
  5. Let water come to a boil.
  6. Add soaked and drained rice and cook on medium flame until the water dries up.
  7. Cover the pot with lid and turn to heat to low fr two minutes and then turn off.
  8. Do not open the lid for ten minutes after turning off the heat.Tadka rice is done and ready to serve with chana masala or an of your favorite curry.


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    • Ayeshafarid profile imageAUTHOR


      3 years ago from USA

      Awesome! It's great to know that thanks

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      Noor bakhtiar 

      3 years ago

      I enjoy this food and my mom made this for me today


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