Punjabi Channa Masala | The Spice Tailor
Punjabi Channa Masala
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  • 5mins
A wholesome North Indian staple with delicious layers of caramelised onions, ginger, tomatoes, tangy pomegranate seeds and spices unfolding with each bite. Enjoy it as is or add spinach, sautéed mushrooms or chicken.

Contains a whole spice pouch, a "tarka" spiced sauce and the cooked chickpeas

  • Serves 2-3
  • No Nasties
  • Vegetarian
  • Medium
  • Plant Powered

This spiced chickpea masala is a no-brainer. It is absolutely delicious and takes a dish that would take hours to make from scratch to something you can whip up in minutes. But, it tastes every bit as complex and homemade! For people in Punjab, this is a classic soul food dish - tasty, wholesome, healthy and pure plant-powdered protein. It is best served with Indian flatbreads.

Anjum’s Top Tips

Fry the whole spices in 1-2 tsp of hot oil (or ghee) until sizzling
Stir in the tarka sauce (the small pouch) and bring to a simmer
Add the lentils and 4-5 tbsp water, bring to a simmer… then serve!

Frire les épices entières dans 1 à 2 cuil. à thé d’huile chaude (ou ghee), jusqu’à grésillement.
Incorporer la sauce tarka (le petit sachet), chauffer et laisser mijoter.
Ajouter les lentilles et 4 à 5 cuil. à soupe d’eau, laisser mijoter… puis servir!

OUR PERFECT Punjabi Channa Masala

For a spicier, more Punjabi version, fry 1-2 green chillies that have been pricked with the tip of a knife for 20-30 seconds in the oil after you have fried the whole spices. Then add in the chickpeas and bring to a simmer.

Finish with chopped fresh coriander leaves and stalks.

For a one-pot meal, add in a couple handfuls of baby spinach.


Water, Chickpeas, OnionS, Sunflower Oil, Tomato paste, Ginger, Spices (MUSTARD), Garlic, Salt, Pomegranate seeds, Balck Cardamom, Red chilli, Cumin, Green Cardamom, Green Chilli.

Eau, pois chiches, oignon, huile de tournesol, pâte de tomate, gingembre, épices (moutarde), ail, sel, graines de grenade, cardamome Balck, piment rouge, cumin, cardamome verte, piment vert


% Daily value
% valeur quotidienne
Calories/Calories 150
Fat / Lipides 6 g 9%
    Saturated/saturés 0.5 g
+ Trans / trans 0 g
Cholestrol / Cholestérol 0 mg
Sodium/Sodium 510 mg 21%
Carbohydrate / Glucides 21 g 7%
    Fibre / Fibres 6 g 24%
    Sugars/Sucres 2 g

Protein / Protéines 6 g
Vitamin A / Vitamine A 0%
Vitamin C / Vitamine C 0%
Calcium / Calcium 6%
Iron / Fer
The spice mix
  • Bay Leaf for mellow fragrance
  • Black cardamom for smoky depth
  • Cloves for pungent sweetness
  • Whole red chilli for clean heat
  • Green Cardamom for freshness
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