Chana Masala Recipe -
Chana Masala Recipe
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Chana Masala

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"This version of chana masala uses spinach instead of tomatoes, like my favorite Indian restaurant makes. It is so easy to throw together, and pretty healthy to boot! A perfect meal on a cold winter night when served with naan and basmati rice."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    25 mins

    35 mins


  1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; saute onion until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  2. Stir chickpeas with liquid from can, lemon juice, coriander, cumin, garam masala, and curry powder into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring often, until liquid is mostly evaporated and sauce is thickened, 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Stir spinach into sauce and simmer until wilted, about 5 more minutes.
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  • Cook's Note:
  • You may add more water as desired (and depending on how much water is retained from the spinach) to suit the sauce to your tastes.
  • You can use 1/4 block frozen spinach, thawed and drained, instead of fresh if desired.

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 13, 2014

Easy, full of vegan protein and tasty! My teenage son said, "See, Mom, you should cook more often!" I didn't have coriander so simply omitted it. This will definitely be a regular side dish from now on.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 29, 2015

Technically your version is Chana Palak. Palak meaning Spinach. Chana, meaning chickpea, or Garbanzos. A good dish overall!


7 Ratings

Feb 06, 2015

I did not care for this recipe, but my husband said he'd eat it. We eat a lot of indian type food. This is the first 'flop' I've made.

Dec 29, 2014

I thought this recipe was terrible. There was no sauce to it and the spices were not flavorful- had too much of a tart flavor. This is the second Chana Masala recipe I have tried and I will keep looking.

Apr 28, 2014

I bought more chickpeas 3 days later so that I could make this again. The only problem is I wanted more of it. So good and a balanced recipe. I used Ghee instead of oil & only 1 tablespoon of lemon juice.

Feb 13, 2014

I didn't think it tasted much like the Chana Masala I am used to, but it was pretty darn tasty. And so easy! I'll probably play around with the spices a bit in the future, but a great base recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 133 kcal
  • 7%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.9 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 4.6 g
  • 7%
  • Fiber
  • 4.2 g
  • 17%
  • Protein
  • 4.1 g
  • 8%
  • Sodium
  • 216 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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