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Easy chole masala recipe

by Jeyashri suresh
Chole masala

Easy chole masala recipe with full video and step by step pictures.

Easy chole masala recipe without onion, garlic, and tomato, perfect side dish for chapati, poori, and bhatura. We usually make chole masala in an onion and tomato-based gravy. I have already posted a no onion no garlic version of channa masala with video. This is an easy chole masala without the addition of onion or tomato. My friends invited me for a get-together and poori and chole masala was on their menu. I totally loved the taste of the chole masala. As always I asked her for the recipe. This is a perfect bachelor and dorm friendly recipe, without any grinding process.

Chole masala

Easy Chole masala recipe

Jeyashri suresh
Learn how to make an easy chole masala recipe, without onion and tomato.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Soaking time 8 hrs
Total Time 8 hrs 35 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 1 cup Chickpeas | channa
  • 2 tsp Store-bought Chole masala
  • 1 tsp Cumin seeds
  • 4 tsp Oil
  • Coriander leaves few
  • 1 tsp Ginger
  • Salt as needed


  • Soak Kabuli channa for 7-8 hours
  • Cook till 5-6 whistles.
  • Add 4 tsp oil in a pan
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Add 2 tsp chole masala to the pan, I used Everest brand.
  • Saute for few seconds. Ensure not to burn.
  • Add Cooked chickpeas.
  • Take 3 tblsp of cooked chickpeas and grind into a paste.
  • Add it to the pan and mix well.
  • Slightly mash using a masher.
  • Let this boil for 5 minutes.
  • Adjust water consistency.
  • Stir in between.
  • Switch off the flame.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves
  • Add thinly cut ginger.
  • Easy chole masala is ready to serve. Enjoy with poori or chapati



  1. Ensure that the chole is cooked softly.
  2. Store bought chole masala gives all the flavour, no need to add any other spice
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  • Soak Kabuli channa for 7-8 hours or overnight.
  • Pour enough water and pressure cook till 5-6 whistles.
No onion no tomato channa masala
  • In a pan add 4 tsp oil and add in the cumin seeds.
  • Add in the store-bought chole masala to the pan.
  • Saute for 2 minutes, ensure not to burn that.
No onion tomato chole masala 2
  • Add in the cooked chole to the pan, do not drain the water.
  • Grind 3 tblsp of cooked chole into a fine paste.
No onion no tomato chole masala 3
  • Add the ground paste to the pan. Mix well.
Chole masala step 4
  • Slightly mash it using a masher.
  • Add in the turmeric powder
  • Let this boil for 5 minutes. Check for salt.
  • Garnish with coriander leaves and thinly sliced ginger.
Chole masala step 5
  1. Ensure that the chole is cooked softly.
  2. Store-bought chole masala gives all the flavor, no need to add any other spices.
Chole masala recipe

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Nivetha December 12, 2019 - 8:54 pm

Instead of chole masala can we use garam masala powder??

Jeyashris Kitchen December 12, 2019 - 9:17 pm

Yes, if using add few green chilis in the oil. As garam masala won't be spicy.

BHARATHI G January 8, 2020 - 7:29 am

Tried and it came out well...would same recipe work good with rajma and store bought rajma masala powder?

Jeyashri Suresh January 8, 2020 - 1:37 pm

Actually you can try, I am not too sure.


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