Easy Chana Masala

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Nov. 17, 2023
I love this quick and healthy Indian-inspired dish so much I always make sure to have the ingredients stocked in my pantry. It makes weeknight dinners feel a little more special. —Janeen Judah, Houston, Texas
Easy Chana Masala Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped, optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups hot cooked brown rice
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • Minced fresh cilantro


  1. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, ginger, garlic and, if desired, jalapeno; cook and stir until onion is softened and lightly browned, 4-5 minutes. Add salt and spices; cook and stir 1 minute.
  2. Stir in tomatoes and garbanzo beans; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, until flavors are blended, 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve with rice. Top with yogurt and cilantro.

Can you freeze Easy Chana Masala?

Freeze cooled garbanzo bean mixture in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add water if necessary.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Simmer the tomato mixture covered so it stays saucy.
  • This is a quick version of a popular Indian and Pakistani dish. Chana refers to the chickpeas.
  • Basmati or long grain rice would also be great with this curry.
  • Nutrition Facts

    0.750 cup garbanzo bean mixture with 3/4 cup rice: 359 calories, 8g fat (1g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 616mg sodium, 64g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 9g fiber), 10g protein.