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Chana masala
Place of originIndian subcontinent
Region or stateNorth India[1]
Main ingredientsChickpeas, onion, tomatoes, coriander, garlic, chiles, ginger, oil, spices

Chana masala (also chole masala, or chole) is a chickpea curry originating in the Indian subcontinent.[1][2][3][4] It is a staple dish in North Indian cuisine.[1]


Raw ingredients of chana masala

Along with chickpeas, the ingredients of chana masala typically include onion, chopped tomatoes, ghee, cumin, turmeric, coriander powder, garlic, chillies, ginger, amchoor or lemon juice, and garam masala.[5]


To prepare chana masala, raw chickpeas are soaked overnight in water. They are then drained, rinsed, and cooked with onions, tomatoes, and spices.[2]

Chole kulcha (chana masala with flatbread)


  1. ^ a b c Anupy, Anupy Singla (2010). The Indian Slow Cooker: 50 Healthy, Easy, Authentic Recipes. Agate Publishing. p. 77.
  2. ^ a b Singh, Manali (2018). Vegetarian Indian Cooking with Your Instant Pot: 75 Traditional Recipes That Are Easier, Quicker and Healthier. Page Street Publishing. pp. 13–14.
  3. ^ Vora, Nisha (2019). The Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Wholesome, Indulgent Plant-Based Recipes. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 342.
  4. ^ Richa Hingle (2022). Vegan Richa's Instant PotTM Cookbook: 150 Plant-based Recipes from Indian Cuisine and Beyond. Hachette Books. p. 166.
  5. ^ Pitre, Urvashi (September 19, 2017). Indian Instant Pot® Cookbook: Traditional Indian Dishes Made Easy and Fast. Rockridge Press. p. 54. ISBN 978-1939754547.