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Super Easy Channa Masala Recipe!

Channa Masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes ever. But it always takes a long time to make, and the recipe is usually quite involved. Also – I haven’t been able to find a healthy version of the recipe that tastes as good as the restaurant version. But then I came across this product from Trader Joes, and with a few modifications, turned it into a really good version of Channa Masala! The prep time is really minimal, and it just has to simmer for an hour and then you’re done! Check it out below 🙂


– 1 box of Frozen Channa Masala from Trader Joes (looks like the picture below)








– 1 can garbanzo beans (15 oz), rinsed & drained

– 1/2 to 1 cup of water (depending on how thick you like your Channa Masala)

– 2 tomatoes, diced

– diced red onion to taste

– chopped cilantro to taste

– salt to taste


1. Heat the frozen Channa Masala box halfway (it says 4 min on the box, so heat in the microwave for 2 min)

2. Combine the defrosted Channa Masala box, the garbanzo beans and 1/2 cup water in a pot over high heat

3. Bring to a boil (add more water as needed depending on the consistency you want)

4. Once it has boiled for ~30 sec, lower heat and simmer for 1 hour

5. Mash some of the garbanzo beans to thicken the curry 

6. Serve (top with diced onions, diced tomatoes, cilantro to taste)

I think the whole pot of Channa Masala has ~700 calories, 20% from fat, and >20g fiber! Which is pretty good considering this recipe makes at least 3 servings 🙂 Enjoy!



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