Recipe: Spabbit’s Chana Masala

Chana Masala❤ Chana Masala!

This is one of the cheapest side or main dishes to make, it’s quick, easy, and very tasty to boot. This whole recipe would cost under three pounds, or in American terms (Assuming approximately the same pricing) $3.50. I liked my latest batch so much I ended up eating it cold with some tortilla chips 🙂

This is also ideal for #lockdown cooking in any well stocked kitchen!


  • 3 Large Onions
  • 4 (400g) Tins Chick Peas (Chana)
  • 1 (400g) Tin Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 tsb Crushed Garlic
  • A handful of Garlic flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Hot Chilli Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Mustard Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 2 tsp Garam Masala
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder/Granules
  • 1 tsp MSG
  • Salt / Pepper to taste
  • 1 tblsp Tomato PurĂ©e
  • 40ml Lime Juice
  • A fair squirt of Ketchup (Or a couple of tsps sugar)
  • Oil for frying the onions
  • 500ml Stock (Lamb, Veg, or Chicken)


Chop the onion how you like, and fry on a medium / high heat with some salt / pepper until they’re starting to brown. Throw in the garlic, tomato puree, and other spices, continuing to fry for a few mins on a lower heat. Chuck in the Chick Peas (Chana), Tomatoes, and stock. Simmer for half hour or so. If the taste is a little tart, then use some sugar or ketchup to balance it out a little.

Alternative Recipe

There is another set of ingredients which can be used for this dish, depending on the taste you like! The set above is my favourite taste, however I have used and greatly enjoyed the Chana Masala using my other recipe below, the method is identical, the mix below makes more, you can always reduce or increase as needed:


  • 8 Onions (5 finely chopped, 3 coarsely chopped, red or white onions)
  • 5 400g tins or 1.2kg (drained) cooked Chick Peas
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 4 heaped teaspoons chopped / minced Garlic
  • Enough Ground nut oil (Peanut Oil) to fry the chopped onions
  • A fair squirt Heinz Tomato Ketchup (to counteract the acidity of the tomatoes, can also use Splenda / Sugar)
  • 3 heaped teaspoons Madras powder
  • 3 heaped teaspoons Tandoori Masala powder
  • 1 heaped teaspoon Ground Mixed Spices (Can be omitted)
  • 2 heaped teaspoons Onion Granules
  • 2 heaped teaspoons Extra Hot Chilli Powder
  • Enough Garlic Flakes to kill a vampire
  • 1 teaspoon Mustard Powder
  • Lamb Stock Cube dissolved in around 600ml boiling water (Could also use veggie stock)
  • As you like Salt
  • 1 teaspoon MSG, seriously add this, it will change your life