Dinner Recipe

15 Minute Chana Masala

vegan chana masala recipe tilda rice

15 Minute Recipe

This vegan chana masala is absolutely delicious, really easy and can be on your table in less than 30 minutes from prep to plating up. The recipe is made up of mainly tinned produce, this can be whipped together on a week night with minimal fresh ingredients. Using key ingredients of tomatoes, chickpeas, garlic and garam masala it’s a delicious hearty bowl full.

Ingredients Breakdown

Chickpeas- The main bulk of the recipe is using chickpeas. You can either use tinned or dried,  but remember if you’re using dried chickpeas you will need to boil for a few hours to soften and cook.

Tomatoes- Traditionally using fresh tomatoes, this can be easily adapted if you have a few punnets. Use around 650-800g fresh tomatoes and make sure they’ve broken down whilst cooking to avoid any large chunks.

Coconut Milk- This is not a typical ingredient for a traditional chana masala however I’ve added due to my boyfriend preferring a creamier curry base. However this is just as delicious without this ingredient, simply add an extra 300-400ml of water to help reduce the concentration of tomatoes.

Garam Masala- This is a blend of spices that is typically used within a chana masala. It consists of cardamom pods, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, pepper and cinnamon.

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15 Minute Chana Masala

Easiest vegan chana masala recipe taking only 15 minutes to cook (as long as it takes the rice) with the option to add cream or yogurt to make this a little lighter, or just as intended with tomatoes.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 People


For the base

  • 2 x 400g tin chickpeas
  • 2 x 400g tinned tomatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 medium heat red chilli
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger 1/2 grated and 1/2 finely chopped
  • 2 x 400ml coconut milk optional to make it creamy as traditionally it's just tomatoes
  • 200 ml water

Spices & Seasoning

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt flakes

To top

  • 150 g fresh or frozen spinach
  • handful toasted hazelnuts pumpkin and sunflower seeds
  • 1 x Tilda Wholegrain Basmati & Wild Rice pouch


  • Drizzle 1 tsp coconut oil tsp a frying pan then add the finely chopped chilli and chopped ginger with the drained chickpeas and fry 5 minutes
  • Add the finely chopped garlic to the pan and fry for 1 minute before pouring in the tinned tomatoes and water along with the spices and bring to the boil for around 6-7 minutes
  • Lower to a medium heat then add the grated ginger spinach and the coconut milk if adding then stir together until combined
  • Add the opened pack of Tilda rice to the microwave and heat for 2 minutes
  • Taste test the curry, adding more seasoning if needed
  • Add the chana masala to a bowl along with the hot rice, top with toasted nuts and seeds, another generous pinch of salt and enjoy!


I used Tilda Wholegrain Basmati to accompany this dish. If you serve with around 90g rice per person this dish will feed 2 people, or 4 as a smaller side dish accompanying another curry. 
Keyword 15 minute meal, chana masala, quick curry, vegan curry

If you like this recipe why not try my massaman inspired sweet potato and lentil curry. 

Vegan Massaman Curry with Sweet Potato and Lentil

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  • Carla @ Foodie Digital
    January 20, 2021 at 6:28 am

    5 stars
    You weren’t kidding – 15 minutes! Love the spices. 5 stars from the whole family.

    • lucyandlentils
      January 29, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Hey Carla, Yay! So glad you likes this recipe x