Channa Masala – Easy Chole Masala Recipe (Pressure Cooker Method)

Channa masala is one of the most common side dishes at home for chappati. It tastes great with batura, but the oil factor in batura is scary! Luckily, it also tastes good with chapatti. There are many ways to prepare channa masala. My Amma usually cooks channa separately, prepares masala and adds the channa to it, along with ground coconut and fried gram. When we were in UK, I didn’t have blender initially, so I opted for this direct pressure cooker method. Since it is easy and simple, till date I am following this method.


Preparation Time : 10 min | Soaking Time : 4 hours | Cooking Time : 30 mins | Serves : 2

Recipe Category: Side dish


Channa/Chickpea  – 1 cup

Onion – 1  roughly chopped

Tomato – 1 roughly chopped

Ginger garlic paste – 1/2 tsp

Cumin powder – 1/4 tsp

Coriander powder – 1/2 tsp

Channa Masala powder – 1 tsp

Turmeric powder – a pinch

Amchur powder/Lemon juice/Curd – 1/4 tsp

Garam masala powder – 1/4 tsp

Cardamom pods – 2

Cinnamon – 1/8 stick

Cloves – 2

Bay leaves – 1

Fennel seeds – 1/8 tsp

Oil – 1 tbsp

Salt – as needed


  • Blend raw onion and tomato into a coarse paste and keep it aside
  • Put a pressure cooker on the stove and add oil, whole spices and ginger garlic paste. Saute for 30 seconds. Add the onion and tomato paste and saute till raw smell goes. Add the garam masala, coriander powder, cumin powder, channa masala powder, turmeric powder and amchur powder. Allow it to cook for  2 to 3 mins


  • Add the soaked Chickpea and mix well. Add required salt and 3/4 cup  of water and cover the cooker


  • Switch off after 3 whistles. Once steam releases, open the cooker lid and garnish with onion/lemon. Channa Masala is ready to be served with batura/roti/poori




My Notes:

  • I soaked Channa in hot water for 4 hours. You can either follow this procedure or soak it in normal water for 7-8 hours
  • I directly cooked this gravy in cooker, instead you can also cook channa and  masala separately, and finally add cooked channa to the masala
  • After adding channa you can even add coconut (2 tbsp) and fried gram (3tsp) paste

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25 thoughts on “Channa Masala – Easy Chole Masala Recipe (Pressure Cooker Method)

  1. […] Chaturthi and Navarathri. It goes well with rice and as a tea time snack. Previously I had posted Channa Masala with kondakadalai, and this sundal is a no-onion no-garlic version, as it is prepared for pooja. […]

  2. cheergerm June 8, 2014 at 7:35 AM Reply

    Love chickpeas! Think I may have to try this in the slow cooker! 🙂

  3. Aruna Panangipally June 7, 2014 at 8:28 PM Reply

    The quick and easy way is the way to go on a week day. I often do something similar. I will try the coconut + fried dal way soon. I like that combination by itself anyway.

  4. Gerard Villanueva June 7, 2014 at 5:29 PM Reply

    I don’t know why, but I love how the name sounds! “Channa Masala” It looks and sounds wonderful! With all those spices and flavors, are you kidding?!

  5. Arl's World June 7, 2014 at 9:55 AM Reply

    I have never tried this, but it looks really good!! 🙂

  6. Treat and Trick June 7, 2014 at 7:25 AM Reply

    Looks yum!

  7. How to Philosophize with Cake June 7, 2014 at 7:03 AM Reply

    I love channa masala too! I’ll have to try this method sometime soon. 🙂

  8. thebrookcook June 7, 2014 at 5:40 AM Reply

    I am so happy to see this dish!! I have been sampling pre-made channa masala at my 2 favorite grocery stores here and love it. I keep saying that I am going to make it myself – a pressure cooker method is WONDERFUL!! I am going to try it- Thank you!!

  9. Loretta June 7, 2014 at 4:43 AM Reply

    Very nice, and a different version from some of the chickpea curries I’ve made. Your mango ice cream is definitely on my list too. Happy Fiesta Friday!

    • Traditionally Modern Food June 7, 2014 at 4:49 AM Reply

      Happy fiesta Friday:) Thanks Loretta!! Pls try it sometime and let me know how it turned out

  10. Dimple@shivaaydelights June 7, 2014 at 1:52 AM Reply

    This looks sooo good! 🙂

  11. Lori June 7, 2014 at 12:02 AM Reply

    Mmmm…would like to try!

  12. yesiamvegan June 6, 2014 at 11:28 PM Reply

    Yum 🙂 Can’t wait 🙂

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