Welcome to Food in Focus. Each week we will post about different food from around the world, explaining what it is, where it comes from, where you can eat it and how to make it yourselves! This week we are exploring the Indian Subcontinent to enjoy chana masala!!
What is chana masala?
Chana means ‘chickpeas’ so you have a rich spicy chickpea dish with a wonderful masala full of a combination of garam masala, coriander, chilli and garlic. Often quite a dry dish, it is served simply with rice or flatbread such as naan or chapati.
Other variants you may see are chole or channay which tend to be an indication to the type of chickpea that has been used.
It is packed with flavour as well as vegetables which makes it a perfect dish for vegans and vegetarians to make and enjoy.
Where does chana masala come from?
Chana masala is from the Indian subcontinent and very popular in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Where can I eat chana masala?
It can often be found across the region as street food, so is well worth checking out the local vendors to see what they are offering.
Otherwise it will be common in most towns and cities. If you are in Pakistan look out for ‘murgh chole’ or ‘murgh channay’ which will be the local varient.
How can I make a great chana masala?
Take a look at our recipe page and you will find a great recipe for a great vegan friendly chana masala alongside food from the rest of the world. Enjoy!