Chickpeas, or garbanzo beans, are at the heart of this classic Indian dish. This recipe uses our versatile Black (Desi) Garbanzo Beans, whole Serrano Chiles and a combination of traditional spices to create this satisfyingly spicy dish.

Prep time: 10 min

Cook time: 90 min

Total time: 100 min

Black Chana Masala
Copyright Recipe © 2015 Woodland Foods


Makes 6 servings


  1. Cover beans with cold water and soak overnight.

  2. Drain beans and transfer to large stock pot. Add 1 gallon fresh water (enough to cover soaked beans by a few inches). Bring to a boil over high heat then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until chickpeas are soft and tender, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Drain and set aside.

  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

  4. Add chiles, ginger and garlic, and cook for an additional 3 minutes. Add cumin and coriander, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  5. Add tomatoes, and cook until liquid is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes.

  6. Add drained beans and remaining ingredients; cook for 5 additional minutes. Serve.