Chana Masala Recipe

Chana Masala | Sundal Kuruma Recipe – Main Course

Chickpeas contain healthy protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Consuming chickpeas provides you with a vegetarian-friendly source of protein. Fiber-rich foods also help control your blood sugar levels, because fiber slows down digestion, allowing sugar to move slowly from your digestive tract into your bloodstream.

By using chickpeas, we make chana Masala or Sundal Kuruma in Tamil. This could be a side dish for rice, roti, poori, bhatura and for pulaos. This recipe is my mom’s speciality. I prepared in south Indian style. There are many other ways to make this recipe.

The Nutrition breakdown of Chana Masala (1 cup = 300g),

  1. Carbohydrates – *78g
  2. Protein – *13g
  3. Fat – *9g
  4. Dietary Fiber – *5g

In total it holds 460 Calories, ‘*‘ represents it’s an approximate value.

Sundal Kuruma - Chana Masala
Sundal Kuruma – Chana Masala


  1. Chickpeas – 1 cup
  2. Small onion – 5 to 7
  3. Coconut – 2 tbsps. (grated)
  4. Cloves, cinnamon – 1 piece
  5. Fennel seeds, cumin seeds – 1 tbsp.
  6. Chana Masala powder – 3 tbsp.
  7. Ginger – 1 inch
  8. Garlic – 5 to 6 cloves
  9. Tomatoes – 2 medium sized (Finely chopped)
  10. Onion – 1 medium sized (finely chopped)
  11. Curry and Coriander leaves – few
  12. mustard seeds, urad dal, chana dal – 1 tbsp
  13. Salt – required
  14. Oil – 3 tbsp
  15. Turmeric and Chili powder – 1 tbsp


Soak the chickpeas for about 6 to 8 hours. After soaking wash it and keep aside.


Get all the ingredients (small onions, coconut, cloves, cinnamon, fennel seeds, cumin seeds and chana masala powder) ready to make the masala.


Put everything in mixer jar, add 2 tbsp of water and grind well. Make a paste out of ginger and garlic as well and mix with it.


Now heat the pressure cooker or electric cooker, add oil into that. Once it gets heated, add mustard seeds, urad and chana dal into that and saute for few mins.


Add onion into that and saute well. Once the onion changes its color, add curry leaves also into that. After a few mins, add chopped tomatoes into that and mix well.



Once everything blends well, add the grinded masala into that. Stir everything well, add salt, turmeric and chili powder also.


Saute until the raw smell goes away, Add 1 cup of water, once it’s started boiling add the chickpeas into that.


Close the cooker and leave it for 6 to 7 whistles. Once it is done, remove and mix the masala well and dress with coriander leaves.

Sundal Kuruma - Chana Masala
Sundal Kuruma – Chana Masala

Now aromatic chana masala ready to be served.

Happy Cooking 🙂

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