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Healthy Punjabi-Style Channa Masala

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My name is Lakshmi, and I am a homemaker. I love cooking and experimenting with different recipes, especially those from my native India.

Punjabi-Style Channa Masala

Punjabi-Style Channa Masala

Channa masala is a delicious and mouthwatering side dish that can be served with naan, chapathi and chole bhature. I am going to share the way I prepare this Punjabi-style recipe. The end result offers some of the same flavors of paneer butter masala, but with fewer calories.

Cook Time

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15 min

15 min

30 min

4 to 5 servings

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  • 250 grams chickpeas, boiled
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala powder
  • 1 teaspoon poppy seeds
  • 3 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • Handful of curry leaves
  • 2 tablespoons ginger-garlic paste
  • Salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar


  1. Soak the chickpeas overnight; then boil them in a pressure cooker until they become soft.
  2. In a mixer jar, add a handful of boiled chickpeas, chilli powder, coriander powder, garam masala powder, poppy seeds and tomatoes. Grind to a fine paste and set aside.
  3. Heat a pan, add 3 tablespoons of ghee and add onions and curry leaves. Saute for a while, then add the ginger-garlic paste and saute till the onions become glossy.
  4. At this stage, add the ground paste, salt and sugar. Cook until the ghee separates from the gravy.
  5. Finally, add the remaining boiled chickpeas and cook for another 5 minutes over low heat.
  6. Serve the healthy and delicious channa masala with naan or chapathi.

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