Chana Masala (India)

Chana Masala (India)

The next recipe in the Fit Five India series is a quick & dirty recipe for Chana Masala aka Chickpea Curry. I've been making it for over a year now but my trip to India gave me some inspiration for refining it a bit.

There are more detailed & careful recipes for this that will probably be just as tasty if not more so but when you want something hearty in less than 15 minutes - this hits the spot.


  • 1 can of chickpeas 
  • 3 fresh tomatoes 
  • 1/4 red onion (can use more if you prefer)
  • 1 can of organic coconut milk 
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon each of: cumin, garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of: garlic powder, coriander 
  • Salt to taste 
  • Coriander (cilantro) for garnish 

Makes 2 big servings or 4 small side ones 


Throughly rinse your chickpeas in cold water as this will cut down on the sodium content. 

Next, prep your main ingredients so that they're ready to go when it's time and you can quickly pop them in the skillet: loosely chop the tomatoes & red onions and mince the garlic cloves. 

Once everything is chopped, heat 1 tbsp of sesame seed or coconut oil in a wide skillet on a medium to medium high temp. Add onions first, cooking until golden, then add the garlic + spices + salt. Follow up with the fresh tomatoes, bay leaf and coconut milk. Leave this to simmer on medium heat until the tomatoes begin to break down into a sauce. Finally, add chickpeas and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes. 

Garnish with coriander & extra salt to taste. Should make 2 servings or 1 giant one (you can guess which I had!) 

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