chana masala in south indian style with coconut. a recipe which i wanted to make and post from a long time.
as the name suggests, this recipe has south indian flavors. the hubby who loves his punjabi chole, relished this one too. so here, all the ingredients which are used in south indian cooking are added. coconut being one of the main ingredient.
in the punjabi style or north indian chana masala, onions, tomatoes, spices and dry pomegranate seeds or mango powder, make the masala paste and give a spicy and slight sour taste to the chana or chole recipe. apart from the above ingredients, garam masala powder or chole masala is also added to the punjabi chana.
whereas in this chana masala the real flavor comes from coconut and whole spices. you can actually get a distinct taste of coconut. there is a subtle sweetness and this chana masala is not sour or tangy.
the chana masala tastes hot and spicy and goes well with rice, roti or poori. it can even go very well with bhature. if you are fond of chole bhature then you can consider serving this chana recipe with the homemade bhatura.
here i have dry roasted the whole spices with fresh grated coconut. then ground the spices and coconut into a fine paste. this dry roasting adds a lot of depth, aroma and flavor to the chana.
i made the chana, very spicy by adding 4 dry red chilies. however, in the recipe details below, i have reduced the amount of red chilies. you can even reduce them further, if you don’t want to make it even a bit spicy.
you can use the same recipe and make the curries with black chickpeas, potato or green peas.
if you are looking for more chole recipes then do check amritsari chole, pindi chana, chana pulao and punjabi chana recipe.
chana masala recipe details below:
chana masala – south indian style with coconut
for pressure cooking the chickpeas:
1 cup dried white chickpeas/kabuli chana
3 cups water for pressure cooking the chana
1 tsp salt
for roasting the masala
¾ to 1 cup fresh grated coconut
1 inch cinnamon
½ tbsp fennel
½ tbsp cumin
1 tbsp coriander
2-3 dry red chilies
1 black cardamom
2-3 green cardamom
1 small piece of stone flower/dagad phool (optional)
3 tbsp oil
1 small bay leaf
½ tsp mustard seeds
10-12 curry leaves
1 green chili, slit
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, chopped
¼ or ½ tsp turmeric powder
a pinch of asafoetida
½ inch ginger + 2-3 garlic – crushed or made into a paste in mortar-pestle
1.5 to 2 cups of the chickpea stock or water
salt as required
some coriander leaves for garnishing
soak the chickpeas overnight or for 8-9 hours.
pressure cook the chickpeas, water and salt till they have completely cooked.
drain the chickpeas and keep the stock aside.
in a frying pan, add all the whole spices mentioned under “roasting the masala” list.
roast for a minute and then add the freshly grated coconut.
roast till the coconut gets browned.
keep on stirring so that the coconut does not get burned.
once this mixture has cooled, grind in a chutney grinder with 1 cup water.
grind to a smooth paste.
heat oil in a pot or kadai.
first splutter the mustard.
then add onions and fry till they are softened and become translucent.
add curry leaves and ginger-garlic paste.
stir and fry till the raw aroma of ginger-garlic disappears.
add chopped tomatoes.
saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring in between.
add the ground masala paste and stir.
add the drained chickpeas.
stir and saute for 1-2 minutes.
now add the stock or water.
simmer for 7-9 minutes till the gravy thickens a bit.
mash a few chickpeas with the sides of the spoon.
this will help in thickening the gravy.
check the seasoning and add more salt as per your taste.
garnish with coriander leaves and serve hot with pooris, chapatis, bread or steamed rice.
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