Super Easy Chana Masala Recipe!

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on May 22, 2009

Channa Masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes ever. But it always takes a long time to make, and the recipe is usually quite involved. Also – I haven’t been able to find a healthy version of the recipe that tastes as good as the restaurant version. But then I came across this product from Trader Joes, and with a few modifications, turned it into a really good version of Channa Masala! The prep time is really minimal, and it just has to simmer for an hour and then you’re done! Check it out below 🙂


– 1 box of Frozen Channa Masala from Trader Joes (looks like the picture below)








– 1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz), rinsed & drained

– 1/2 to 1 cup of water (depending on how thick you like your Channa Masala)

– 2 tomatoes, diced

– diced red onion to taste

– chopped cilantro to taste

– salt to taste


1. Heat the frozen Channa Masala box halfway (it says 4 min on the box, so heat in the microwave for 2 min)

2. Combine the defrosted Channa Masala box, the garbanzo beans and 1/2 cup water in a pot over high heat

3. Bring to a boil (add more water as needed depending on the consistency you want)

4. Once it has boiled for ~30 sec, lower heat and simmer for 1 hour

5. Mash some of the garbanzo beans to thicken the curry 

6. Serve (top with diced onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro to taste)

I think the whole pot of Channa Masala has ~700 calories, 20% from fat, and >20g fiber! Which is pretty good considering this recipe makes at least 3 servings 🙂 Enjoy!


{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Ivy May 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm

You’ve got a lovely blog and your recipe sounds delicious and healthy. Thanks for joining BloggerAid.


eeyoreblues27 July 3, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Hey! I love some of your posts…nice to see someone who has the “substitution” mentality instead of the “elimination” mentality. I have a recipe for Channa Masala (sort of made it up, but I had a general idea of what to do since my mom used to make it all the time) on my blog. It’s really not that time consuming if you make it from scratch: just needs the right ingredients. Oh, and a really good time saving tip is to use frozen pre-chopped onions and canned diced tomatoes.


anjalim July 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Thanks! 🙂 Definitely send me the link to your Channa Masala recipe – I’d love to try it out!


eeyoreblues27 July 3, 2009 at 3:55 pm

It’s one of the more recent ones so it should be right near the top.


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