Chana Masala (No Onion, No Garlic)

For the second week of BM #46, I shall highlight some no-onion no-garlic side dishes. So for day 1 here is a no onion, no garlic chana masala which is typically prepared during the Navrathri in many communities and offered as Prasad.

Trust me when I say the garlic and onion are not missed in this and it turns out super flavorful.

Ingredients - 

Kabuli Chana/ Garbanzo Beans, soaked over night 2 cup
Ginger, grated 2 Tbsp
Green Chillies, finely chopped 2 tsp (or as needed)
Asafoetida, Salt, Turmeric and Coriander Powder as needed
Tamarind extract 1 Tbsp (or as needed)
Kasoori Methi 2 tsp (Optional)
Sugar 1 tsp (Optional)
Seasoning (Oil 2 Tbsp, Jeera/Cumin seeds 1 tsp)
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves

*Canned Garbanzo beans can also be used. In which case the pressure cooking step can be skipped.

Chana Masala (No Onion, No Garlic)

Method Of Preparation -

Drain the soaked Chana and wash with cold water. Pressure cook the chana along with salt and Asafoetida, until well cooked. (I sometimes add a 3-4 cloves and an inch of cinnamon also).

After the pressure cooker is safe to open, remove the cloves and cinnamon (if added).

In a kadai/wok, heat oil, add the cumin seeds. After they crackle, add the ginger and green chillies. Saute for a few seconds and add the boiled chana reserving a cup of chana.

Grind the reserved cup of chana to a coarse paste adding as much water as needed and transfer it to the kadai/wok.

Sprinkle salt (keep in mind that salt has already been added while cooking chana), turmeric, and coriander powder.

Let the mixture boil for a couple minutes. Add in the tamarind extract, sugar and kasoori methi (if using). Cover and let it simmer for about 5-7 minutes.

Remove from fire, garnish with coriander leaves and it is ready to be served.

Preparation Time 30 min
Serves 7-8
Posted by Harini R on Monday, November 10, 2014


  1. There are several days when I need to make a side dish without onions and garlic. All these recipes would be so helpful then.

  2. I rarely cook with onions and garlic so never miss it. I should try the navratri version of Chana masala.

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Looks fantastic, i cant cook without onions but now i have few recipes to try without onions and garlic.

  5. A yummy and tempting dish.

  6. A channa recipe is always welcome. .With or without is delicious. Bookmarking.

  7. Unknown Says:
  8. this will be a perfect choice for puris for me that gravy looks so delicious and nice color.

  9. Unknown Says:
  10. One of my favorite gravy. Yours look delicious!!

  11. Unknown Says:
  12. wow fantastic recipe, channa masala with no onion garlic is really interesting one !!

  13. Srivalli Says:
  14. Harini, your channa has got such a lovely colour and texture..will surely bookmark will be so useful..:)

  15. Srividhya Says:
  16. Very rice. I also have this dish in my no onion and no garlic theme

  17. I really like the flavors and the color of the gravy in this version

  18. Pavani Says:
  19. What a yummy looking chickpea curry that too without onion and garlic.

  20. veena Says:
  21. Such a yummy looking curry. Addition to my to do list of no onions curries

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