Chana masala, also known as “chole masala” or “chole” or “chholay”, is a dish from the Indian subcontinent; notable in Indian and Pakistani cuisine. The main ingredient is a variety of chickpea called chana or kala chana. It is usually served with bhatura or puri but not restricted to try with roti or paratha’s.

Whenever I cook Chole Bhature it reminds me of my mother, she used to cook just yummy. In fact when ever i used to go home during my vacations Chole Bhature were always in my menu.  Hope my recipe taste a bit closer to her. Thanks Ma for this yummy recipe. 🙂

Chole Masala Recipe

Chana masala, also known as channay or chole masala or chole or chholay, is a dish from the Indian subcontinent; notable in Indian and Pakistani cuisine.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 35 mins
Total Time 8 hrs 45 mins
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Cup White Chickpeas / Chana Soaked overnight
  • 2 pcs Bay Leaves
  • 4-5 pcs Black Pepper
  • 4 pcs Cloves
  • 1 pcs Onion Chopped
  • 2 tsp Ginger Garlic Crushed
  • 1 Tbsp Corianader Powder
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1 tsp Dry Red Chilli As Per taste
  • 1 Tbsp Chole Masala
  • 2 pcs Tomato Puree
  • 2 tsp Tamarind juice As Per Taste
  • 2 Tbsp Coriander leaves Chopped
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • 2 Cup Water
  • Salt to taste


  • Wash and pressure cook chickpeas by adding 1.5 cup of water and some salt for 6-7 whistle on medium heat or until soft.
  • Heat oil in a pan , add bay leaves, cloves and black pepper. Saute for few seconds.
  • Add Chopped Onion and cook until onion gets translucent.
  • Now add crushed ginger & garlic. Cook until raw flavour disappears.
  • Add turmeric powder, coriander powder, garam masala and red chilli powder. Saute for half a minute and add tomato puree.
  • Cook till masala cooks well and starts releasing oil.
  • Add pressure cooked Chana. Mix well and add 1/2 cup of water. Let it cook for 2-3 minutes .
  • Add 1 Tbsp of Chana Masala and tamarind juice. Mix well and let it cook for 5-6 minutes.
  • Add chopped coriander leaves and mix well.
  • Serve Hot with Bhature.