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5 from 2 votes

Chana Masala

This easy Chana Masala recipe is vegan-friendly and healthy, too! It serves 6 people and costs just $7.83 to make and $1.31 per serving!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chickpeas, vegan
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 534kcal
Cost: $7.83


  • cutting board
  • chef's knife
  • small food processor
  • Wooden spoon
  • medium pot
  • pot to cook the rice in


  • 2 cups uncooked basmati rice
  • 5 large garlic cloves, pressed (or 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder)
  • 1 medium Serrano pepper, seeded and chopped fine (or 1/2 teaspoon chili powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice (or 1 teaspoon onion powder)
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 ½ teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 32 oz jar pasta sauce
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 2 15- ounce cans chickpeas drained and rinsed

TOPPINGS (optional):

  • chopped cilantro
  • lemon wedges


  • Cook the rice as per the package instructions. While the rice is cooking, make the chana masala.


  • In a small food processor, puree the garlic and serrano pepper; set aside.
  • In a medium pot add olive oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion, ground ginger, and cumin and saute for 3-5 minutes, or until the onion is softened and beginning to brown around the edges.
  • Stir in the garlic mixture, coriander, garam masala, and turmeric. Continue to stir while the mixture cooks for 1 minute.
  • Stir in pasta sauce, water, and chickpeas. Turn heat to high and bring the mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.


  • Spoon the chana masala over rice, and serve with chopped cilantro and lemon wedges.


Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 811mg | Potassium: 1050mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 702IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 7mg