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Punjabi Kala Channa

Punjabi Channa Masala

A delicious gluten Free, vegan side dish for Roti/Naan/ Rice made with black Chickpeas simmered in a tomato-base and basic pantry spices
4.89 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Soaking time (opt.) 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 45 minutes
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4 people


  • Pressure Cooker
  • Ladle
  • Kadai


  • 2 cups Chickpeas I used dark, small variety
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 Onions sliced thin
  • 2 Tomatoes
  • 10 Cashews
  • 2 tsp Oil
  • 1 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Red Chilli Powder
  • 1 tsp Channa Masala
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1.5 cups Homemade Veg Stock Unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp Caraway Seeds Shahjeera
  • 1 tsp Kasuri Methi crushed


  • Blanch Tomatoes, peel.
  • Caramelise the sliced onions in 1 tsp of oil on low heat with a pinch of salt. Cool
  • Soak Cashews in warm water for 20 mins
  • Grind blanched tomatoes with the caramelised onions, cashews to a smooth paste.
  • In a pressure oan or a thick bottomed pan, add oil
  • Add caraway seeds, bay leaf. Add the ground onion-tomato-cashew paste
  • Saute till raw smell disappears and oil starts leaving the sides (about 10 mins).
  • Add the cooked chickpeas, Homemade veg stock, salt, spice powders and stir well.
  • Close and pressure cook for 10 mins on high for 3 whistles, switch to medium flame and cook for 10 mins.
  • When the pressure releases, mash up 2 tsp of the cooked chickpeas in the gravy (to give it thickness)
  • Adjust salt, spice at this stage.
  • Simmer for 10 mins. Top with crushed kasuri methi
  • Serve hot with a salad and flatbread on the side. This Punjabi Channa Masala also tastes good with steamed rice


  1. You can use White / brown chickpeas for this gravy. 
  2. Caramelisation of onions + using homemade stock adds a GREAT deal of depth to this curry. Do not skip both steps
  3. If using canned chickpeas, drain and use.
  4. If using Store bought Veg stock, adjust salt accordingly
  5. If not using cashews, add a dash of cream towards the end for a creamier finish.  
Keyword Chickpea, Curry, Gluten Free, Gravy, Party Ideas, Punjabi, Vegan
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