Easy Chickpea Curry Spiced Potato Bowl. Quick Chickpea Curry – Chana Masala served with rice or cooked grains and 5 ingredient Spiced Potatoes. Chickpeas in Spiced tomato onion sauce. 30 minutes. Vegan Gluten-free Soy-free Recipe. Pin this post.
There are hundreds of chana masala recipes on the web. Chana masala has become a generic term for anything with chickpeas in tomatoey saucy curry (sauce) with a combination of any spices. Choley, the traditional Indian Chana masala is a much more involved recipe and has a specific flavor profile. There are many family recipes, and regional chana masala /chole recipes that are different and then there are adapted recipes depending on the country, person and region. As a North Indian, I am partial to the traditional flavor and texture when anyone offers me some Chole.
I do make faster variations. They are just that. Faster chickpea curry. Ain’t this the traditional chole/choley, but is easy, flavorful and quick Chickpea curry. A Chana Masala you can build up on. Try it with some chopped onion, cilantro and lemon with roasted veggies, potato cutlets, flatbread or rice.
I served these curried chickpeas with super quick spiced potatoes, some rice, chopped onion, lemon and cilantro. Bliss!
More bowls from the blog
- Curried Kidney Bean Bowl with quinoa, zucchini, mango salsa
- Moroccan Chickpea Cauliflower Bowl with herb dressing
- Shawarma Chickpeas, Sweet Potato Buddha Bowl
- Masala Chickpea bowl with creamy chickpea dressing.
- Quinoa Cauliflower Bowl with almond Sriracha sauce
- Chickpea Aloo Chaat Bowl with Date Tamarind Chutney
For traditional flavors, add 1-2 tsp chole /chana masala spice blend. You can find the spice blend in Indian stores or online on amazon.
- 2 tsp oil
- ½ medium red onion
- 4 to 5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 1 inch ginger, minced
- 1 green chile, finely chopped
- ¾ tsp ground cumin
- ½ tsp ground coriander
- ½ tsp garam masala (or use 1 tsp chole/chana masala spice blend)
- ½ tsp turmeric
- ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne /red chili powder
- a generous pinch of ground cinnamon and ground clove (optional)
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped small
- 1 tsp lime or lemon juice
- a handful of chopped cilantro (1/4 cup loosely packed)
- 1 15 oz can chickpeas, washed and drained, or 1.5 cups cooked chickpeas
- 1 cup or more water
- ¾ tsp salt (less or more depending on if the chickpeas were salted)
- a good dash of black pepper
- ¼ tsp sugar if needed
- lime juice and chopped onion for garnish
- 2 yukon gold potatoes, chopped into equal pieces
- ½ tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- ¼ to ½ tsp cayenne
- ½ tsp or more salt
- Heat oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onion, garlic, ginger, chili and pinch of salt and cook until golden ( 5 to 6 minutes.). I usually dump them in a food processor and pulse to make finely chopped mix. Saves all the chopping time.
- Add the spices and mix in. Cook the mixture for a 1-2 minutes until the spices get fragrant.
- Add tomatoes, lime and splash of water and cook until the tomatoes are saucy. Mash the larger pieces. 4 to 5 minutes
- Add the cilantro, chickpeas, water, salt and pepper and mix in. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or more or until the chickpeas pick up some flavor. Taste and adjust salt, heat, tang (lime). Simmer uncovered for a few minutes if needed. Serve with a garnish of chopped onion, cayenne and a good dash of fresh lime or lemon juice. With cumin scented rice from my book with a side of spiced potatoes or roasted veggies of choice,
- Add all the ingredients to a skillet over medium heat and mix well. (Add a tsp of oil if needed). Add a ¼ cup or more water and mix in. Cover and cook for 12 minutes. Toss, add more water if needed. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until the potatoes are tender to preference. 5 minutes. Taste and adjust salt and spices.
For Variation: (less active time)
Blend onions, garlic, ginger, chile, spices, tomatoes, cilantro into a smooth puree. Add to the pan with oil over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes, or until onions do not smell raw, stirring occasionally. Add chickpeas, lime and the rest of the ingredients and cook.
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