Easy Chana Masala

a hearty vegetarian curry
A hearty vegetarian curry
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1 tbsp Canola oil
½ cup Onion finely chopped
1 tbsp Fresh ginger minced root
2 cloves Garlic minced
1 Jalapeño pepper seeded and finely chopped, optional
½ tsp Salt
1 tsp Garam masala
½ tsp Ground coriander
½ tsp Cumin ground
1 can (15 oz) Diced tomatoes undrained
1 can (15 oz) Chickpeas or garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
3 cups Brown rice hot cooked
¼ cup Yogurt or a vegan equivalent
Cilantro fresh chopped

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Easy Chana Masala


This Easy Chana Masala is my take on the Indian garbanzo bean curry found at street food carts, work and school canteens, as well as weddings and family gatherings throughout India and Pakistan. Legumes such as garbanzo beans are a staple food group if you want to have a healthy vegetarian or vegan diet. They are full of important nutrients and general health benefits!

Start by sautéing onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeno pepper if using. Add a blend of garam masala, ground coriander, ground cumin and salt and cook for a minute. Stir in tomatoes and garbanzo beans and cook for 12-15 minutes until the flavors are combined. Serve with brown rice and cilantro. You can drizzle plain yogurt (or a vegan equivalent) over the top if you desire.

To make this Easy Chana Masala, you will need the following ingredients:

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Steps to make Easy Chana Masala


Sauté onion, garlic and ginger


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add ½ cup of chopped onion, 1 tablespoon of minced ginger root, 2 minced garlic cloves and a finely chopped jalapeno pepper. Cook for 4-5 minutes while stirring until the onion is soft and lightly browned.


Add salt and spices


Add ½ a teaspoon of salt, 1 tsp garam masala, ½ tsp ground coriander and ½ tsp ground cumin and continue to cook for one minute while stirring.


Add tomatoes and garbanzo beans


Stir in a can of tomatoes and a can of garbanzo beans. Bring the chana masala to a boil.




Reduce the heat. Simmer the curry with the lid on for 12-15 minutes. Stir occasionally until the flavors are combined fully.



Serve over hot brown rice. Garnish with fresh cilantro and yogurt (if using).

This Easy Chana Masala is a really wholesome vegetarian garbanzo bean curry that takes less than 30 minutes to cook. Try it out soon and please come back to leave a comment below.

Nina dreams of gender equality and for women all over the world to feel empowered and enjoy the same freedom she has. She’s a careful consumer, believing that by being more conscious about the way we live we can make the world a better place! Already a vegetarian, she uses animal products sparingly and tries to produce as little waste as possible. Most of her recipes are vegan as a result!

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Total Reviews: 16
Eisley Bismark

Could not believe how good this turned out recommending this instantly to my friends they love anything with garbanzo beans!!

Caleigh Gutshall

Very simple to make this thanks to the amazing instructions that come with pictures, most places don't bother to show you but you guys put in the effort and thanks to that my meal turned out great.

Analia Trautz

Took the leftovers to my families house so they could see what an amazing cook I am, lol. Long story short I'm cooking for them next weekend!

Audrina Gogna

Chana masala is one of my favorite dishes but I never knew how people made it so good and thanks to you now I know! Was amazing very pleased.

Maite Molt

Was not a fan of the whole vegetarian aspect of the meal so I did add some chicken to mine and it was a lot tastier.

Armani Stilwill

Good,easy and tasteful, enjoyed it thanks a lot really good masala recipe.

Jocelynn Paliani

Vegetarian dinners are hard to come accross because most of them aren't tasty at ALL but this one was super yummy and I can stick to my diet :)

Susanna Kulach

Really happy with the outcome, delicious meal going to make this again.

Janice Matherly

First time making this and the sourcream was a really good touch, blends perfectly with the rest of the flavors.

Kaleigh Lemert

Loved everything about this chana masala, made this and some cheesy garlic bread, was wonderful.

Maryjane Jedziniak

I used white rice instead and added some meat to mine because I'm a huge fan of ground beef and just had to try it with this.

Dorothy Balbach

Tonights dinner turned out good, the kids loved it and so did I, making this every week from now on since it takes less than an hour.

Arantza Ammirato

Going to try again with this recipe but in all honesty I prefer the red lentil and spinach one instead.

Angelique Lien

The beans came out really plain but the sauce saved it so it was still alright.

Kinlee Lops

In love with this!! Very yummy and simple to cook.


Well done! Thanks for sharing recipe!

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