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Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

This easy chickpea curry is a classic Indian dish that's loaded with flavor. It's made with tender chickpeas, lots of spices, and a creamy tomato sauce.

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97% would make again
Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

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for 4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 green chile, or jalapeño, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (400 g)
  • 30 oz chickpeas (425 g), drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup water (120 mL)
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro (10 g), chopped
  • cooked basmati rice, for serving (optional)
  • naan bread, for serving (optional)

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 416
  • Fat 7g
  • Carbs 70g
  • Fiber 19g
  • Sugar 15g
  • Protein 21g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.
  2. Add the onion and cook until translucent and beginning to brown, 3–5 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, ginger, and green chile and continue to cook over medium heat until the garlic is fragrant and the chile is tender, 3–4 minutes.
  4. Add the garam masala, turmeric, salt, and black pepper, then continue to cook for 1–2 minutes.
  5. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, and water. Stir to incorporate, using the spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom and sides of the pot. As the tomatoes break down, the mixture should take on the consistency of a thick stew. Add more water if needed before bringing everything to a simmer, then cover with the lid and cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove the lid, reduce the heat to low, and stir in the lemon juice and cilantro. Cook for 1–2 minutes, until the cilantro has wilted and turned bright green.
  7. Serve over basmati rice or with a side of naan.
  8. Enjoy!
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Easy Chickpea Curry (Channa Masala)

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