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Chana Masala

What you need: 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon curry
1 tablespoon tomato paste (I used ketchup, how embarrassing)
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained, reserving 3 tablespoons liquid
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste, optional
1 tablespoon vegan margarine

What you do: 

1. Heat oil on medium high heat. Fry onions until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, curry, and paste. Stir and simmer about 2 minutes.
2. Add chickpeas, reserved liquid, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add red pepper, to taste. Add margarine, stirring through to melt it. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes more or until chickpeas are softened and dish is hot. Serve over rice.
Source of recipe: I don't know how authentic this is, but I whipped it up last night. It tasted great to me.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
2 to 4
Recipe Category: 



OMG, this recipe is incredible! It was so easy to make and soooooo good. I served mine over basmati rice; I had no choice in the matter really, my friend from Pakistan insisted that the only way for me to serve this was over basmati rice. He was right, it was excellent. I also used Shan meat & vegetable curry mix instead of just curry...another of his insistences :) Anyway, this recipe made me a "rock star" last night with my wife and guests. It is definitely on my "often to be repeated" list. Thanks for such a marvelous recipe.  :)


This was so good! I added extra garlic, a 1/2 T. of garam masala, an extra T. of ketchup, 1/4 of soy milk (we're not huge coconut fans, but I wanted a little creaminess) and tons of crushed red pepper. I love that everything I need was a staple in the pantry/fridge. It's great for when you haven't been to the store in a while.


ooh yeah this is delicious!  :D

I followed others advice and used 1/2 curry powder and 1/2 Garam Masala, extra tomato paste, about 1/2 teaspoon chopped chilli and about 1/2 can of coconut milk. I didn't stir through any margarine at the end.

I have passed this recipe onto my Mum and sister and Mum is making it tonight! Served with curried potatoes and rice. Mmmm, I love quick, easy and tasty recipes :)


Simple, quick, and incredibly yummy.  I'll be making this recipe again and again.  Thanks!


yum yum yum yum I can't say YUM enough!
I used a green curry paste from my local supermarket and half a can of light coconut milk.
I also fried the onions in the first step with coconut oil.
BANGING RECIPE!!!  Everyone should try this!


this was SO unbelievably yummy! i made a couple small changes to mine. i added one teaspoon of ginger when the onions went in and cooked them together. then i added cubed potatoes, and lasty i used 3/4 cup coconut milk instead of lemon juice. it came out so delicious, i think i'll be living off of this for a while!  :)


I LOVE this recipe. I added the garam masala, coconut milk, and peas along with sauteed yellow bell peppers and cherry tomatoes sliced in half! YUM!!!


I made this for dinner tonight and my husband can't stop talking about how good it is (he is not vegan). Seriously, he won't stop talking about it. I made some of the suggestions by others and added coconut milk, extra curry and extra tomato paste. I also added peas and potatoes. It was really good!


this was fantastic. not too spicy at all. i added a bit of garam masala. yum yum. thanks alot for the great recipe.


when you make this do you use curry powder or curry paste?



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