30 Minute Vegan Chana Masala

This colder weather has me craving cozier dishes, and this Vegan Chana Masala TOTALLY hits the spot. Chana masala is a combination of chana (chickpeas), tomatoes, and masala (a blend of north Indian spices). These ingredients are cooked together with onion, garlic, and ginger for a flavorful tomatoey stew. I was inspired to make this dish after having an authentic version at a local Nepalese restaurant, and I’m so glad I did. My recipe is simple, fast, easy to make, and full of flavor, and delicious alongside basamati rice, veggies, or toasted naan.

vegan chana masala

What is masala?

Masala is a very warm, fragrant and earthy blend of spices originating from northern India. This blend can be used in a variety of dishes including roasted veggies, tomato and cream based stews, stir frys, and more. The main components can vary but typically of masala seasoning is made with:

  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Coridander
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon

You can make a masala seasoning by combining these spices yourself, or use a chaat masala or garam masala blend.

ingredients for chana masala

I love this recipe because it is hearty and filling, full of plant protein, and high in fiber. It is absolutely delicious any time of day. I have even had the leftovers for breakfast with avocado and steamed spinach. Chana masala can also be served inside a wrap or you can add vegetable broth to enjoy as a soup.

What do I need to make Vegan Chana Masala?

  • Onion
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Jalapeno or Chili Pepper
  • Cumin Seed
  • Mustard Seed
  • Ground Cumin
  • Turmeric
  • Coriander
  • Garam Masala
  • Canned Chickpeas
  • Canned Diced Tomatoes
  • Tomato Paste
  • Lemon Juice
  • Cilantro
  • Basmati Rice
  • Naan
chana masala one pot easy

Chana Masala can be served in a variety of ways. Traditionally, it is served with basmati rice and naan, but I also love it with massaged kale, fresh greens, or roasted veggies, like cauliflower!

chana masala recipe

30 Minute Vegan Chana Masala

30 minute, one pot chana masala made with tomatoes, chickpeas, spices, and herbs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Indian, Nepalese
Keyword: chickpea curry, chickpea masala, one pot vegan dinner, vegan indian food, vegan recipes
Servings: 6
Author: jackfruitfulkitchen

Ingredients

  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBSP ginger, minced
  • 1 jalapeno or chili pepper, finely diced adjust for desired spice
  • 1 tsp cumin seed
  • 1 tsp mustard seed
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 TBSP garam masala
  • 2 15 oz cans chickpeas, drained
  • 28 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped plus more for garnish

To Serve

  • basmati rice, cooked according to package
  • garlic naan, gluten free if desired

Instructions

  • Heat 1 TBSP of oil or water (if oil free) in a large skillet over medium low heat.
  • Add in onion, garlic, ginger and jalapeño and sauté for 3-4 minutes until fragrant and tender. Add in seeds and spices and cook for another minute or so, adding additional water or oil if needed to deglaze.
  • Pour in chickpeas, tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to a simmer. Cook, uncovered for 15 minutes until desired thickness is reached. Season to taste and stir in cilantro.
  • Serve hot alongside rice, greens or veggies and top with fresh cilantro.
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