Chana Masala

This fragrant chickpea masala, served over rice with a cooling side of yogurt, is packed with vibrant flavours.
  • Prep time 15 mins
  • Cook time 40 mins
  • Yields 4

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  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp black mustard seeds
  • ¼ cup ghee
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 fresh green chilli peppers, seeded and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger, minced
  • ½ cinnamon stick (2 inches long)
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp each ground turmeric and coriander
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried mango power (amchoor)
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 cans (540 mL each) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (796 mL) diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • ¾ cup plain 4% Greek yogurt, divided
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 ½ cups basmati rice, cooked according to package directions, for serving
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh cilantro


  • measuring cups and spoons
  • cutting board and knife
  • large skillet
  • wooden spoon
  • saucepan for cooking rice


  1. Heat large skillet over medium heat; cook cumin and mustard seeds for 1–2 minutes or until fragrant and starting to pop.
  2. Stir in ghee, onion chili peppers, garlic, ginger, cinnamon stick and cardamom pods; cook for 8–10 minutes or until onion are very tender.
  3. Stir in garam masala, turmeric, coriander, pepper, salt, mango powder, and cayenne; cook for 1–2 minutes or until fragrant.
  4. Stir in chickpeas; cook for 1 minute or until well coated. Stir in tomatoes and sugar; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer for 20–25 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat to low.
  5. Remove 1/2 cup masala and mix with 1/2 cup yogurt. Stir back into skillet and cook until heated through. Stir in lime juice.
  6. Serve masala over a bed of rice and sprinkle with cilantro. Drizzle with remaining yogurt.

Alternatively, you can serve the chana masala with warm naan bread instead of rice.

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