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Easy Chana Masala

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Course: Dinner
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6


  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Large pot
  • knife
  • cutting board


  • 3 Tbsp. canola oil
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion finely diced
  • 6 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh ginger (minced)
  • 2-3 fresh green chilies (sliced with seeds)
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp. ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • 28 oz. can pureed or finely diced tomatoes
  • 2 - 15 oz. cans chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro (chopped)


  • Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat until shimmering.
  • Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the garlic, ginger, chilies and salt and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the ground cumin, coriander, chili powder, turmeric and garam masala. Stir to coat.
  • Next, add the tomatoes and chickpeas. If the mixture looks too thick, add up to 1 cup of water. The goal is for a semi-thick soup.
  • Increase the heat to medium-high until it reaches a rolling boil then reduce to medium-low and maintain a simmer (uncovered) for 15-20 minutes, or until thick and stew-like. Stir occasionally.
  • Remove from heat and add lemon juice. Stir to combine, then allow to cool slightly before serving.



Top with fresh cilantro and serve with your favorite steamed grain such as brown rice, barley, quinoa, etc. 
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