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Chana Masala 1
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Chana Masala and other Masala Beans (V, GF)

My husband loves Indian food. There is especially one dish that he often makes for us and that is chana masala. Over the years we replaced the chickpeas that are traditionally used in this recipe with many other beans. We like fava beans, black eyed beans, butter beans, red kindey beans and many others. Many of them we actually now prefer it over chickpeas.

Chana Masala 1

Serve this dish with some chapati, rice, roasted potatoes or as part of my Not so traditional English breakfast.

Chana Masala 1

Chana Masala and other Masala Beans (V, GF)

Chana masala and other masala beans made with delicious Indian spices. Choose the beans you want or rotate between them every week.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 1
Calories 398 kcal


  • 7.5 ml (1/2 tbsp) avocado oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/3 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 can of chickpeas (or black eyed peas or fava beans or butter beans or any other beans) without liquid
  • 150 ml (1/2 cup + 2 tbsp) tomato puree (passata)
  • a splash of water
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • salt to taste


  • Open a can of beans and rinse them with water, throwing away aquafaba or reserving it for some other recipe.
  • Heat avocado oil in a pot. Add cumin and mustard seeds. Wait a little bit then add also red pepper flakes. Cover the pot and wait for the mustard seeds to pop. When they start popping turn heat to low.
  • Add beans of choice. Mix and add tomato puree, a little bit of water so that it's not too dry. Turn heat to high again then add turmeric and garam masala.
  • When it' starts to boil turn the heat to low and cook for 10 min.
  • Add salt the last minute.
  • Serve warm with some chapati, rice, roasted potatoes or as part of my Not so traditional English breakfast.


*Check my recipes where I use aquafaba (liquid from a can of beans): nut roll (potica)tiramisu. The best aquafaba for whipping is from a can of chickpeas, black chickpeas and butter beans as it achieves the highest peaks.
*Nutrition facts caulculated with chickpea as beans of choice.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 20gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gSodium: 616mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 10gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 15IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 1mg
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