Channa Masala - Easy One pot Channa Masala

I already share a version of no onion,garlic channa masala  and Punjabi Chole Masala.Channa masala  can be made in umpteen ways with so many twists.

One such easy and comfortable way of making it in a  pressure cooker.One pot version saves time and effort but the end result will be finger licking good.

If the chickpeas /channa is soaked and refrigerated then can be made in no time.This version can be called as curry in a hurry.Here I have used the homemade channa masala powder,but it can be easily substituted with  garam masala and aamchur powder.Let's move on to the recipe......................

                                                                         Easy One Pot Channa Masala

   Basic Information

   Preparation time ~ 10 minutes
   Soaking time ~ 6-8 hours
   Cooking time ~ 25 minutes
   Serves ~ 4(generously)


Chickpeas/channa/vellai kondakadalai
3/4 cup
Onion( finely chopped)
2 medium size
Ginger&garlic paste
2 tsp
Tomato (pureed)
2-3 (medium size)
Turmeric powder/manjal podi
1/4 tsp
Red chilly powder/milagai podi
1/2 tsp
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1/4 tsp
1.5 tsp
Coriander leaves(finely chopped)
1 tbs
3-4 tbs

 To roast and grind (for the channa masala powder)

Red chilly/varamilagai 
2 (broken)
Coriander seeds/dhaniya
1.5 tbs
Cumin seeds/jeeragam
1 tsp
Cloves /lavangam
Black cardamom
Aamchur powder
1 tsp
  • Soak the chickpeas/channa overnight or minimum of 6-8 hours.
  • Heat a pan and dry roast the ingredients given except aamchur powder.
  • Once all the ingredients turned golden,add in the aamchur powder and put off the flame.After cooling grind it to a fine powder.Also puree the tomato and keep it aside.
  •  Heat the oil in a pressure cooker or pan and crackle the cumin seeds.Add in the onion and green chillies,saute until transparent.Add the ginger and garlic paste,fry it for couple of minutes.Now add the tomato puree and cook it for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add in the spice powders and mix it well.Add in the soaked chickpeas and 2 cups of water.Let it boil for a minute.
  • Cover the pressure cooker with lid and cook it for 3-4 whistles in a medium flame and put off the flame.Once the pressure subsides,remove the lid and take around 2 tbs of cooked channa and grind it well and add it to the mixture.
  • Let it cook for couple of minutes and put off the flame.Add in the chopped coriander leaves and mix it well.
  • Serve it  with naan,phulka or paratha.



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Nalini , I am in love with this set up , it is so vibrant ! The slate plate is giving a very rustic look and those black bowls , they are awesome .
Now coming to the channa , bookmarking the masala as I love trying different versions of channa , and these look fabulous .

I love chana masala and can have it everyday. I have something similar coming in later. Your setup is so beautiful and looks just like from a magazine.

Love One pot channa masala.. Without any mess we get to eat tasty food in no time.. And your food styling amaze me each time !!

You set up awesome. I need to agree with vaishali about the rustic look and coming back to the recipe, awww drooling here. Love the fresh homemade masala.

Beautiful set up Nalini. I spend more time drooling over the pics that going through the method!!

Love the name, 'curry in a hurry'. Chana masala is a favourite and yours has turned out fabulous! And your pictures are making me drool more!

Stunning stunning pictures nalini. So beautiful and impressive

This is an awesome version of channa masala. Using a pressure cooker makes the work so quick and I am totally in love with your presentation..

I love curries in a hurry. They are awesome. As for this chana masala its yum. Love it.

Hearty meal and Perfect to be tasted with rotis.

Like the name curry in a hurry. Chana masala is comfort food and rich in protein. Love your large slate as the prop.

Curry in a hurry, yes absolutely, how delicious this channa masala looks Nalini and totally am in love with your props, stunning clicks there.

Nalini, the whole setup looks so classic and out of the world! really have such an eye for making pictures come out live!..all of us are so fond of chana and love all the versions we can find..

so many versions, but only ONE nalini can style this way ! hats off to ur clicks and eye for art aesthetics ! wonderful

Excellent clicks. I loved the whole set-up. makes me have that chana masala now!!

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