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BEST Chana Masala with Brown Rice

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  • Author: The Plant-Powered Dietitian
  • Prep Time: 16 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x


The vibrantly flavored, Indian classic comfort food, Chana Masala with Brown Rice, is super easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients—chickpeas, canned tomatoes, spices, and brown rice.




  1. Cook brown rice in water, according to package directions, until tender. Set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a large sauté pan, skillet, or pot and add onion, chili, ginger, garlic, cumin, coriander, mustard, turmeric, salt (optional), black pepper and brown sugar, sautéing for 9 minutes, stirring frequently.
  3. Add canned tomatoes and tomato sauce.
  4. Add cilantro and chickpeas, stirring well to combine.
  5. Cover with a lid and cook for 20-25 minutes, until thickened.
  6. Add garam masala, lemon juice, and mix well.
  7. Serve over brown rice.
  8. Makes 8 servings (about 1/2 cup rice with 3/4 cup chana masala per serving).
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Indian


  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup rice with ¾ cup chana masala
  • Calories: 362
  • Sugar: 9 g
  • Sodium: 86 mg
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 64 g
  • Fiber: 13 g
  • Protein: 14 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: brown rice dish, vegan chana masala