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Chana Masala

Chana Masala

Easy and quick chana masala recipe served over basmati rice
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: basmati rice, Chana masala
Servings: 6
Calories: 280kcal


  • 10-inch skillet


Chana Masala

  • 28 oz 1 can crushed tomatoes undrained
  • 38 oz 2 cans chick peas (garbanzo beans) drained, rinsed
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 cup Chopped onions (2 large)
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 Jalapeño chile diced
  • 1 tbsp Grated gingerroot
  • 2 tbsp Curry powder
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 1 tsp Garam masala
  • ¼ tsp Ground red pepper (cayenne)
  • 1 Lime, cut into 6 wedges

Serve With, If Desired

  • Hot cooked basmati rice
  • Naan Bread


  • Spray 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Add tomatoes and garbanzo beans to slow cooker.
  • In 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook until onions begin to soften. Add salt, jalapeño chile and gingerroot. Cook 1 minute. Stir in curry powder, paprika, garam masala and red pepper until fragrant and spices begin to brown. Add spice mixture to slow cooker.
  • Add 3 tablespoons water to same skillet; beat with whisk to remove all spices and browned bits left in pan; add to slow cooker. Stir. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 6 hours or on High heat setting 2 to 3 hours.
  • Serve with lime wedge and rice.


  • Stir 3 cups baby spinach leaves into the Chana Masala after it is finished cooking. Cover; cook 10 minutes longer or until spinach is wilted.
  • Basmati is the traditional rice served with Chana Masala; however, feel free to use your favorite rice. If you are in a time crunch, look for bags of frozen cooked rice in the frozen vegetable section of your grocery store.
  • The spice level of this dish will depend on the size and spice level of your jalapeño chile. If you really like things spicy, increase ground red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon.

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories280
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 7g 11%
    • Saturated Fat 0.5g 3%
    • Trans Fat 0.0g
  • Sodium 680mg 29%
  • Potassium 550mg 16%
  • Total Carbohydrate 44g 15%
    • Dietary Fiber 12g 48%
    • Sugars 6g
  • Protein 11g 22%

  • Vitamin A 15%
  • Vitamin C 20%
  • Calcium 15%
  • Iron 20%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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Written by Lisa Yarde

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