Chana masala – chickpea vegetarian stew

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The chana masala is an vegetarian chickpea stew of Indian origin. It is super healthy and flavourful. In this recipe the chickpeas and the tomato sauce are cooked together with a mixture of spices, fresh ginger and onion. This spicy stew goes perfectly with some white rice or naan bread. You can find a great recipe for homemade naan bread right here on this website.

Chana masala – chickpea vegetarian stew

Chana masala – chickpea vegetarian stew with ginger, cumin, turmeric and garam masala.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course, second course
Cuisine gluten free, lactose free, vegan
Servings 3 person(s)
Calories 333 kcal


  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 onion
  • 1 piece of fresh ginger about 5 cm
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 piece of fresh chili pepper
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 can of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 0.5 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 0.5 cup water


Instructions: Chana masala – chickpea vegetarian stew

  • In a large frying pan heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they are fragrant for about 1 minute on medium-high heat.
  • Add diced onion and chopped chili pepper, chopped ginger and garlic and cook over medium heat stirring frequently until the onions have softened, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in garam masala, turmeric and salt. Stir and cook for 1 minute over medium heat then add the water and stir well scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add tomatoes and previously drained and rinsed chickpeas. Bring to a simmer and then reduce the heat. Cover with lid and cook over medium flame for 20 minutes stirring occasionally.
  • If the stew is too watery remove the lid and continue to cook for another 5 minutes or until the sauce becomes more thick.


The nutritional values are generated automatically for indicative purposes only and are therefore not completely accurate.


Serving: 3personsCalories: 333kcal
Keyword chickpeas, cumin, garlic, healthy dinner idea, onions, stew recipe, traditional Italian, vegan hot dish
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