Channa Masala

One of my personal favourite Indian dishes that I know how to make, channa masala, otherwise known as a chickpea curry. Great served with naan bread or jeera rice, completely vegan and vegetarian, and a great source of protein! It is a spicy, simple recipe that everyone can enjoy, even though it may look complicated, but it is as not as bad as you might think, let us get started!


  • Rapeseed Oil
  • Cloves
  • Star Anise
  • 1 Fennel
  • 1/2 – 1 Stick of Celery
  • 400g – 500g of Chopped Tomatoes or Passata
  • Ginger
  • Fresh Chillies (finger chillies)
  • Sea Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • 125g Coconut Cream
  • Sugar
  • Turmeric
  • Ground Coriander and Cumin
  • Garam Masala
  • Red Chilli Powder
  • 2 400g Tins of Chickpeas
  • Fresh Coriander
  • Lemon (for taste if you wish)


  • To prepare, open the tins of chickpeas and drain both, then keep in a bowl. After, prepare the fennel and celery by finely dicing both.
  • In a large pan, heat up the oil to a medium high heat, cloves and star anise, once the cloves and star anise start to bubble, add the diced fennel and celery.
  • Gently fry until soft and translucent, then add in the chopped tomatoes/passata, along with a reasonable amount of sea salt, black pepper, 2 spoonfuls of sugar, 1 spoonful of ginger, 2 spoonfuls of diced chillies, 2 heaping spoonfuls of ground cumin and coriander, 1 spoonful of garam masala, 1 heaping spoonful of red chilli powder, half a spoon of turmeric, and the coconut cream. Mix until all is combined into a thick mixture.
  • Turn the heat to a simmer, and let the sauce reduce and for the oil to appear on the surface.
  • Then add in the chickpeas and a little bit of water. Return the pan to a medium heat and cook until the sauce is thick, and the chickpeas are soft, this should take around 20 minutes.
  • Then to serve chop up fresh coriander and spread on top and squeeze the juice of a lemon too for an added extra zing, and of course enjoy with a side of naan bread or jeera rice!

See, just with a few steps you can easily make a fancy looking and filling Indian dish. Now all that’s left is for you to try this recipe out! I look forward to seeing and hearing how you got on with the recipe.

See you soon!

Sattvic Comforts

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