Easy Chana Aloo

4.87 from 15 votes
Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 297
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Easy Chana Aloo Curry gets done in 30 minutes and is the perfect meal for those busy days!

This chickpea and potato curry is vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and is best served with rice.

This post is sponsored by Circulon. All opinions expressed are my own.

chana aloo served in 2 white bowls and topped with sliced onion and lime wedge

As the rush of a new week begins, we all look forward to easy and quick recipes. We all like to eat better (well most of the time) but struggle with the time constraints. And I get that, because in spite of being a food blogger, I struggle with this too.

There are days when I literally have 30 minutes to put food on the table (or else we eat out!) and on those days, I rely back on my easy Indian recipes. Ever since I started cooking myself, I have adapted several of my favorite Indian recipes to make them easier and quicker for busy days.

One such meal that I make pretty often on those busy nights is this Easy Chana Aloo. I serve it over white rice in a bowl with some sliced onions on the side to make a complete meal. Don’t you love the convenience of these “meal-in-a-bowl” recipes!

Traditionally, this curry uses raw chickpeas which are soaked overnight and then cooked for good 25-30 minutes until really softened.

chana aloo served over rice in a bowl topped with onion, chilies and lime wedge

In this easy version, I use canned chickpeas to speed up the process. What also helps to put this curry together in no time is my new Circulon Elementum Cookware!

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I used the 3 Qt. Covered Saute to make this Chana Aloo Curry. This generously sized pan made it easy for me to make enough curry for us to last few days. Yay for meal prep!

This Chana Aloo Curry

✓ is vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free

✓ one-pot meal which is perfect for busy days!

✓ great for meal-prep

✓ also great to pack in your lunch box

✓ served over rice in a bowl for that complete “meal-in-a-bowl” experience

✓ tastes even better the next day!

chana aloo served over rice in a bowl topped with onion, chilies and lime wedge

Few tips on making this Chana Aloo

Remember to chop the potatoes small, preferably in ½ inch cubes or less, else they will take a lot of time to cook completely.

Adjust spice levels to taste. If you do not have all these spices, simply use a tablespoon or two of curry powder with some smoked paprika and it would still be great. I don’t like too much heat in my food hence I have used little cayenne pepper here, you can add as much as you like.

I have used canned diced tomatoes here to cut short the process. But you can use 2-3 regular tomatoes in place. Just chop them fine or puree and then use in the recipe.

I served this curry over white rice but you may eat it with brown rice, quinoa or any other grain of choice.

Hope you guys like this Easy Chana Aloo recipe! Please tag me on social media using the hashtag #cookwithmanali if you happen to make it. I love seeing all your pictures. And don’t forget to participate in the giveaway, generously sponsored by Circulon!

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Method

1- Heat oil in Circulon Elementum 3 Qt. Covered Saute Pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the bay leaf, cardamom pods, cloves and cumin seeds. Saute for few seconds until the cumin seeds sizzle and the spices are fragrant.

2- Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 4-5 minutes until the onions turn light golden brown in color.

3- Then add in a can of diced tomatoes and stir well.

4- Add the spices- coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, ground cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and stir. Also add the salt, mix well and let it all cook for 3-4 minutes.

step by step recipe pictures of chana aloo

 

5- Add in the chickpeas and cubed potatoes. Mix well until the chickpeas and the potatoes are coated with the masala.

6- Add 1.5 to 2 cups of water to the pan and stir.

7- Close the pan with its lid and let the curry cook on medium heat for around 12 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked and the curry thickens up.

8- Once the curry is done, add in the cilantro and the lime juice and mix.

step by step recipe pictures of chana aloo

Serve chana aloo over rice for a comforting meal!

chana aloo served over rice in a bowl topped with onion, chilies and lime wedge

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Easy Chana Aloo

chana aloo served over rice in a bowl topped with onion, chilies and lime wedge
Manali
Easy Chickpea and Potato curry which gets done in 30 minutes! This Chana Aloo is best enjoyed over white rice with some onions on the side. Vegan & gluten-free.
4.87 from 15 votes
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4
Calories 297 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons oil I used avocado oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 green cardamom pods
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1 large onion 200 grams, finely chopped
  • 3-4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 inch ginger finely chopped
  • 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper adjust to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 30 oz can chickpeas 850 grams/2 x 15 oz
  • 1 large potato 320 grams, cut into 1/2" cubes, around 1.5 cups cubed potatoes
  • 1.5-2 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro plus more to garnish
  • juice of 1/2 lime

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a Circulon Elementum 3 Qt. Covered Saute Pan on medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add the bay leaf, cardamom pods, cloves and cumin seeds. Saute for few seconds until the cumin seeds sizzle and the spices are fragrant.
  • Add the chopped onion, garlic and ginger and cook for 4-5 minutes until the onions turn light golden brown in color.
  • Then add in a can of diced tomatoes and stir well.
  • Add the spices- coriander powder, turmeric powder, garam masala, ground cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper and stir. Also add the salt, mix well and let it all cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add in the chickpeas and cubed potatoes. Mix well until the chickpeas and the potatoes are coated with the masala.
  • Add 1.5 to 2 cups of water to the pan and stir.
  • Close the pan with its lid and let the curry cook on medium heat for around 12 to 15 minutes until the potatoes are cooked and the curry thickens up.
  • Once the curry is done, add in the cilantro and the lime juice and mix.
  • Serve chana aloo over rice for a comforting meal!

Nutrition

Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 12gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 1046mgPotassium: 588mgFiber: 11gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 340IUVitamin C: 13.5mgCalcium: 132mgIron: 4.6mg
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78 thoughts on “Easy Chana Aloo

  1. 4 stars
    This looks so delicious as all your other recipes..would love to try it with circulon elementum cookware set..

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