Monday, August 16, 2010

Channa masala – a north Indian temptation!

There is a fast food restaurant called BIMBIS in Ernakulam. During my college days after our elaborated shopping in all the textile shops in M.G road me, my sister and my mother would dash towards this restaurant to have our favorites!

When we reached there I always got confused whether I want a masala dosa or paper roast or channa masala and battura! So I would ask my sister
‘What you are going to eat today?’ If she says masala dosa then I would tell ‘ok…. you buy a masala dosa; mom…you a paper roast and me battura and channa masala…okay… we can share…right?’
Reluctantly they would say, “ Okay… kothichi!!!… (meaning greedy girl)

Yes I chanced this north Indian delicacy at BIMBIS and it defeated my taste buds forever!

  1. Chickpeas (cooked) – 2cup
  2. Tomatoes (diced)- 1 nos
  3. Onion (chopped) – 2 nos
  4. Chilly powder – 1 tsp
  5. Coriander powder – 2 tsp
  6. Turmeric – ¼ tsp
  7. Garam Masala – 2tsp
  8. Cumin (Jeera) seeds – ¼ tsp
  9. Salt – as required
  10. Coriander leaves (chopped) – a few
  11. Oil – 4tbsp
  1. Partially mash half the amount of chickpeas and keep aside.
  2. Heat the oil in the pan and splutter cumin seeds.
  3. Add onion and fry until they are light brown in color.
  4. Add diced tomato and the spices.
  5. Stir continuously and fry them till oil starts to separate from the mixture.
  6. Add 1 cup of water and chickpeas.
  7. Bring to boil and simmer till gravy thickness.
  8. Remove from fire and garnish with chopper coriander leaves.


  1. this channa masala is my all time favorite ... truely said it is one of the best indian dishes ... healthy and tasty ...perfect for family eatouts....ur channa masala looks yummy and delicious


  2. Tempting indeed looks yum with those puri

  3. My fav too....n agree wit u, sumtimes it becomes difficult to just pic one dish... :-))

  4. Lovely pic..Delicious chana masala, love it with bhaturas..

  5. Whenever we three go out, we too order three different dishes, so that can taste all dishes by sharing :-)Very tempting chana masala
    Hamaree Rasoi

  6. Nice channa masala, they are my favorite curries all new discovered dishes.

  7. The chana masala looks so tempting! And, I do exactly like you... just can't help myself :-)

  8. One of my family favourite. Ur preparation looks very tasty and tempting. Loved ur space and glad to follow u :):)

  9. Im from cochin too.. I remember the channa masala from bimbis, its yummy !!..thanks for sharing the recipe !


  10. Just add chana masala for lunch today n im temted to have some more on seeing ur fab clicks!

  11. Have heard a lot about bimbis, never been there though!

  12. its an absolute fav of mine, but i havent yet learnt to make it to perfection

  13. I love your blog!
    This looks so delicious!

    Have a nice time!