30-Minute Vegan Chana Masala

30-Minute Vegan Chana Masala

Prep Time: 5 min Cook Time: 25 min Total Time: 30 min Servings: 6

To us, there is nothing better after a long day at work than picking up some incredible takeout from our favorite local Indian restaurant and settling in for the night! In fact, back when we were in college, we became so obsessed with Indian food that we wanted to order it all the time - but because of our limited, student-sized budgets, we knew we needed to find a way to recreate our favorite takeout orders at home! That is exactly how this 30-Minute Vegan Chana Masala recipe was created - and we have been absolutely in love with it ever since! Not only does everything go into one pot (meaning fewer post-dinner dishes to worry about!), it also only takes 30 minutes to make from start to finish! So whether you are meal prepping for the week or looking to pull together a quick weekday meal after getting home from work, this 30-Minute Vegan Chana Masala recipe is perfect for any occasion!


  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 serrano pepper, seeds removed and minced

  • 5 cloves garlic, minced

  • 3 tbsp ginger, minced

  • 1 tsp garam masala

  • 1 tsp ground turmeric

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp ground coriander

  • 1 tsp ground cumin

  • 1 tsp sugar

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 (28 oz) can chopped tomatoes

  • 2 (15 oz) cans chickpeas

  • 1 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 cup veggie broth

  • Fresh cilantro (for topping)


  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the chopped onion until translucent. Add the garlic, ginger, and serrano and sauté for 2 additional minutes until fragrant.

  2. Add the garam masala, turmeric, salt, coriander, cumin, sugar, and cinnamon and stir to thoroughly incorporate. Pour in the tomatoes (including the juice), chickpeas, lemon juice, and veggie broth.

  3. Bring to a boil and then drop the heat down to a simmer. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Tip: If it is too spicy for your taste, add sugar 1/2 tsp at a time until the spiciness is balanced.

  4. Serve over basmati rice and top with fresh cilantro.

  5. Enjoy!