Channa Aloo Masala(Black chickpea-potato Masala) and Pursuit of Happiness

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Pursuit of happiness! Ever wondered what it means? I have a couple of times. In simple English it means live a life in a way that makes you feel happy. How many of us know how to live a happy life! Many of us are looking for answers, searching for ways to make ourselves feel happy.


Some pursue happiness! But the biggest truth is you can’t pursue happiness, you simply have to create it! Some try to buy happiness! Maybe money alone can bring happiness, but not much of it. But the happiness from it is limited!  You go to that diamond store and pick a most expensive diamond you have been longing for, you are one happy person! Yes that is happiness. Money did buy you a diamond ring and bought happiness to your life! You see the diamond and feel happy, for how long? maybe for a month or 2 or 6 months. And what happens after that? Does the same diamond bring you the same amount of happiness in you like it did on day 1? I doubt it!


According to me happiness is created within your self. It’s more to do with people around you, how you live your life, how you spend your time and what you do to live life to the fullest! Follow your passion. Passion is very very important. Don’t go where money is, go where you heart is! Make life less complicated! Don’t judge people and never try to change them the way you want them to be. Accept them for what they are. Simple lessons like these will take you a long way into leading a happy and satisfied life.


Wow, that was a lot of wisdom talk! Before you’ll get bored we will stop that and move on to today’s recipe.


Channa aloo masala is one of the most simple and humble side dish that goes perfect with rotis, puris, dosas or steamed rice(yes, I love to have channa masala with steamed rice too!). This is my way of making channa aloo masala. Yes I added aloo/potatoes to it, cause I love it that way. If you don’t like potatoes in channa masala you can ditch it!


Here’s channa aloo masala recipe-


Channa/Chickpeas – 1 cup(I used black chickpeas, white can be used too)
Potatoes – 2
Onions – 2 large
Tomatoes – 2 large
Shah jeera/cumin seeds – 1 tspn
Ginger garlic paste – 1 tbspn
Channa masala powder – 2 tbspn
Red chillie powder – 1 tbspn
Kasuri methi/dried fenugreek leaves – 1 tbspn
Garam masala – 1 1/2 tspn
Salt to taste
Oil – 2 tbspn

P.S – if you do not have channa masala powder, make your own powder using coriander seeds – 1 tbspn, cumin seeds – 1tspn, cardamom seeds – from 2 pods, black pepper corns – 1 tspn, Cloves – 2, cinnamon – 1 inch


1. Soak chickpeas over night. Next day pressure cook chickpeas with a generous pinch of salt for 2-3 whistles.

2. Cook potatoes. Mash roughly with your hands and keep aside.

3. Heat oil in a wok. Add shah jeera to hot oil, allow it to crackle.

4. Next add finely chopped onions and saute till translucent.


5. Add ginger garlic paste and cook until the raw smell goes away.


6. Now add all the spice powders along with salt and saute for a minute or 2.


7. Next add tomato puree and cook until the raw smell of tomato goes away and oil separates from the sides of the pan.

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8. Switch off flame and let the mix cool down. Then blend the mix into smooth paste.

9. Pour the onion-tomato-spice paste back to the kadai and bring it to boil. Depending on the consistency you need add water and mix.


10. Add cooked channa and potatoes to the gravy and simmer for 10-12 minutes. Switch off flame.

11. Add crushed kasuri methi and garam masala and mix well. Channa aloo masala is ready now.

Serve it hot with hot puris, rotis or even dosas. Serve it over breakfast, lunch or dinner, it’s simply delicious!




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4 Responses

  1. shailaja sen says:

    Wow well said jyothi…..motivates alot….nice recipe too….

    • jyothirajesh says:

      Aww thank you Shailaja, I’m learning to write. Thank you for the appreciation, Your comments give me a big morale support :)

  2. kushi says:

    perfect and delicious recipe dear. beautifully written . You are right :) and presentation is awesome as always. Love it

    • jyothirajesh says:

      Thank you very much Kushi! I could have done better with the pictures, it’s not my best though. Thank you for trying to cheer me up with your sweet comments :D

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