Channa Masala - South Indian Style

Today's recipe is a South Indian version of channa masala goes very well with pooris and roti.This is a coconut version with the flavorful garam masala.
The recipe I noted from my mom's recipe collection book and make it for parties and potluck to accompany pooris.Here goes the recipe............

Basic Information

Soaking time ~6-8 hrs
Preparation Time ~ 15 minutes
Cooking Time ~ 30 minutes
Serves ~ 4(generously)


Chickpeas/channa/kondakadalai11/4 cups
Onion/ vengayam(finely chopped)2 (medium size)
Tomato(chopped)1(medium size)
Tomato(pureed)2(medium size)
Green chilly/pachamilagai
Ginger&garlic paste1 tbs
Red chilly powder/milagai podi1 tsp
Turmeric powder/manjal podi1/4 tsp
Coriander powder/dhaniya podi2 tsp
Garam masala powder1/4 tsp
Coriander leaves/kothamalli1 tbs(chopped)
Lemon juice1 tsp(optional)
Salt11/2 tsp
Oil2 tbs

Grind to a fine paste

Coconut(grated)5 tbs
Fennel seeds/sombu1 tsp
Poppy seeds/kasakasaa1/2 tsp

For the seasoning

Cinnamon/pattai1 inch piece
Bay leaves1
Star anise1


  • Soak the chickpeas for 6-8 hours and cook it in a pressure cook along with a pinch of salt and water for 2- 3 whistles.Grind the given ingredients to a fine paste with little water and keep it aside.
  • Heat the pan with the oil,do the tempering with the whole garam masala.Add the onion and green chilly,saute till transparent.Add the ginger&garlic paste an fry it till the raw smell goes off.Once the ginger &garlic paste add in the tomato and cook it till mushy with a pinch of salt.Now add the pureed tomato and cook it for couple of minutes.Add in all the spice powders except the garam masala powder and give it a mix.

  • Add around 11/2 cups of water and let it boil till the raw smell disappears.Now add the ground coconut paste and around 1/2 cup of water,let it boil for another 5 minutes.At this stage add the cooked chickpeas and let continue boiling for another 2-3 minutes or till it gets thick.

  • Finally sprinkle the coriander leaves and garam masala powder,put off the flame.Add the lemon juice and mix it well.

  • Channa masala is ready.Serve it with poori or pulao.


This recipe is off to  Cook Book Challenge #9 June week 3.


That is a nice chana masala recipe. There are so many variations of chana and almost all the recipes are yummy! I love chana :)

This version looks tasty , clicks are beautiful as always...

Chana masala looks gorgeous, any time-temptation :)

I love channa Nalini and your south style sounds so yum..such pretty pictures...

Such a yummy looking chana masala Nalini. Lovely clicks.

the spice paste ingredients is what makes this version so great - must b delciious

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We made this recipe ... It was delicious ... Thanks for posting such a delicious dish ...

Was looking for something like this recipe, glad I found it! The dish turned out to be just like any South Indian restaurant thaali Chole Masala. Thank you

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The Dish looking very delicious and also very attractive like Sharma Ethnic Cuisines.

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