Chana Masala (No Onion, No Garlic)

For the second week of BM #46, I shall highlight some no-onion no-garlic side dishes. So for day 1 here is a no onion, no garlic chana masala which is typically prepared during the Navrathri in many communities and offered as Prasad.

Trust me when I say the garlic and onion are not missed in this and it turns out super flavorful.

Ingredients - 

Kabuli Chana/ Garbanzo Beans, soaked over night 2 cup
Ginger, grated 2 Tbsp
Green Chillies, finely chopped 2 tsp (or as needed)
Asafoetida, Salt, Turmeric and Coriander Powder as needed
Tamarind extract 1 Tbsp (or as needed)
Kasoori Methi 2 tsp (Optional)
Sugar 1 tsp (Optional)
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Jeera/Cumin seeds 1 tsp)
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves

*Canned Garbanzo beans can also be used. In which case the pressure cooking step can be skipped.


Chana Masala (No Onion, No Garlic)

Method Of Preparation -


Drain the soaked Chana and wash with cold water. Pressure cook the chana along with salt and Asafoetida, until well cooked. (I sometimes add a 3-4 cloves and an inch of cinnamon also).

After the pressure cooker is safe to open, remove the cloves and cinnamon (if added).

In a kadai/wok, heat oil, add the cumin seeds. After they crackle, add the ginger and green chillies. Saute for a few seconds and add the boiled chana reserving a cup of chana.

Grind the reserved cup of chana to a coarse paste adding as much water as needed and transfer it to the kadai/wok.

Sprinkle salt (keep in mind that salt has already been added while cooking chana), turmeric, and coriander powder.

Let the mixture boil for a couple minutes. Add in the tamarind extract, sugar and kasoori methi (if using). Cover and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

Remove from fire, garnish with coriander leaves and it is ready to be served.


Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 7-8
Posted by Harini R on Monday, November 10, 2014

13 comments

  1. There are several days when I need to make a side dish without onions and garlic. All these recipes would be so helpful then.

     
  2. I rarely cook with onions and garlic so never miss it. I should try the navratri version of Chana masala.

     
  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Looks fantastic, i cant cook without onions but now i have few recipes to try without onions and garlic.

     
  5. sneha datar Says:
  6. A yummy and tempting dish.

     
  7. A channa recipe is always welcome. .With or without ..it is delicious. Bookmarking.

     
  8. Padma Rekha Says:
  9. this will be a perfect choice for puris for me that gravy looks so delicious and nice color.

     
  10. One of my favorite gravy. Yours look delicious!!

     
  11. wow fantastic recipe, channa masala with no onion garlic is really interesting one !!

     
  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. Harini, your channa has got such a lovely colour and texture..will surely bookmark this..it will be so useful..:)

     
  14. Srividhya Says:
  15. Very rice. I also have this dish in my no onion and no garlic theme

     
  16. I really like the flavors and the color of the gravy in this version

     
  17. Pavani N Says:
  18. What a yummy looking chickpea curry that too without onion and garlic.

     
  19. Such a yummy looking curry. Addition to my to do list of no onions curries

     
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