Chole masala recipe, Chana masala without onion garlic

Channa masala or Chole masala a popular punjabi gravy, without onion and garlic, recipe with step by pictures and full video. Very recently my son Varun started to eat chickpeas and since it is a great source of protein, i make Chana masala every week . Check my version of Chana masala which i had posted earlier here. During this 15 days before navaratri and during navaratri, many people observe fast and also don’t include onion or garlic in their food. This recipe of Chole masala doesn’t include onion or garlic and yet turned out very tasty and yum. I learnt this recipe from my relative and now a days i am making  chole masala in this style only. This can be made in pressure cooker in one shot.
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chole masala without onion garlic

Chole masala recipe
Chole masala recipe

  • Recipe Cusine: Indian
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Serves: 4-5
  • Author: Jeyashri
  • Recipe Category: Lunch | Dinner
  • Description: Channa masala or Chole masala a popular punjabi gravy, without onion and garlic, recipe with step by pictures and full video.
     Chickpeas 2 cups (uncooked)
     Coriander leaves  a small bunch
     Tomato 2
     Ginger a small piece
     Red chili powder 1.5 tsp
     Cumin powder  1 tsp
     Coriander powder  1 tsp
     Garam masala  1 tsp
     Water  1 cup
     Tea bags  2 (optional)
     Oil  1/2  tblsp
     Kasoori methi  2 pinches
     Salt  as needed

                      Video of how to make chole masala


Method with step by step pictures :

  • Soak the channa for 8 to 10 hours or overnight.
  • Grind the coriander leaves, 2 tomato and a small piece of ginger into a fine paste adding little water.
  • Add oil in a pressure cooker and add this ground paste. 
  • Saute for a minute.
  • Add in 1.5 tsp of red chili powder, 1 tsp cumin powder, 1 tsp coriander powder and 1 tsp garam masala along with necessary salt. 
  • Saute them in a low flame for 2 minutes. 
  • Now add the soaked chickpeas. Add 1 cup of water. I washed the mixie and added that water. 
  • If adding tea bags add now.
  • Adding tea bags gives nice color to the gravy. It won't alter the taste. 
  • Cover the cooker and pressure cook for 5-6 whistles.
  • Once done and pressure is released, open the cooker.
  • Discard the tea bags.
  • Add crushed kasoori methi to this. 
  • Mix well, add water if it is too thick and give it a boil.
  • If by chance it is watery, you can grind few cooked chickpeas and add it to the gravy and bring it to a boil.
  • Chole masala without onion and garlic is ready.
  • Serve hot with roti, poori or even with jeera rice too. 
  • Also you can make Bread chana using this chole masala. 

chole masala without onion garlic

  • Few drops of lemon juice can be added and  mixed well before serving the no onion no garlic chana masala.
  • Tea bags gives nice color to the gravy and will not alter the taste. 
  • If you want to add onions, chop them finely and add it in the beginning, after adding oil.
  • No onion no garlic chole masala pairs well with poori and chapati. 

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  1. Sounds good and less work too. Perfect for festive season

  2. very interesting recipe and delicious..

  3. I make this too only with tomatoes..looks yumm

  4. sounds interesting.. different from normal onion, tomatoes and garlic paste base curry.

  5. sooper good one.. bookmarked ..

  6. Looks so yummy. never tried with onions. will try ..

  7. Bookmarking this, never tried with onions and garlic..A must try..

  8. Nice try.......Looks yum

  9. sounds interesting without onion and garlic in

  10. looks simply yummy and mouthwatering.

  11. Recipe looks so good without onion and garlic, will try...

  12. sounds good without onion and garlic, perfect during festive days...

  13. Looks so simple. Will try soon

  14. Simple yet delicious looking chana preparation.

  15. yummy channa masala....all time favorite...

  16. Looks very good, never tried chole without onion, on my list..

  17. Hi jayashree,excellent dish, very flavorful. Thanks

  18. looks yummy and delicious.

  19. Delicious looking channa masala..

  20. Lovely recipe. I tried it today. It was awesome. Great aroma. I was wondering how to make a subji without onion. This recipe is a perfect one. Thanks a lot.

  21. Tried it tdy.... Was awesome.. Really tasted like in restaurants.... Thank u mam fr sharing such wonderful recipes...