Chana Tondak / Goan Chana Masala

4/09/2011 Raksha Kamat 16 Comments

Anything from legume family is nutritious and good for health. The white peas are commonly known as Vatane in Goa. Any types of legumes can be used to prepare tondak or curry with coconut. for most of these procedure is the same.
The recipe mentioned below is something which is very common in the Goan  Hindu homes and is specially cooked for dinner. I had this since my childhood and prepare one type of tondak every week. This is one of those traditional dishes of Goa. Read the recipe below.


1/2 cup white peas / chana's
5 tablespoon grated coconut
4 red chillies
1/2 tablespoon coriander seeds
5 peppercorns
2 cloves
2 onions
1 potato
5 garlic flakes
1 marble sized ball of tamarind
1 tsp turmeric powder

Soak chana's for 4-6 hours.
Boil them in pressure cooker by adding the chopped potatoes and little salt.
Keep aside.

Cut the onions straight.
In a kadai, add 1 tablespoon oil, and fry onions till they turn pinkish.
Add garlic and fry. Add all the masala ( red chillies, coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves) and fry for some time.
To this add grated coconut and fry till coconut turns brownish.
Ensuure that you fry on low flame.

Once it gets fried switch off gas, mix turmeric powder and stir. Switch off the gas.
Let this cool for a while.

After cooling, grind the contents from the kadai along with tamarind ball and make a smooth gravy by adding 3/4 cup water or as required.

Now in the same kadai(it wil be empty as the contents are ground into a gravy), add the gravy and let it cook for 5 Min's. After 5 Min's, add the boiled chanas to the gravy.
Add salt per taste.

Serve with chapatis/phulkas or bread.



  1. very good gravy for rotis.. whats that standing green chilli says:-)

  2. Goan chana masala looks delicious. Nice recipe.

  3. Hi Amu, that standing chilly is the art of my daughter :) She just put in the chilly, so I did'nt want to take it off :) Thought it looked good ;)

  4. I am hungry now looking at your dish..looks yummy!

  5. Wow goan channa masala makes me hungry,prefect with rotis..

  6. Hi Raksha, the channas are looking so good, loved the chilli

  7. Yummy!!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  8. Thanks 2 all my dear friends :)

  9. Good recipe- perfect with pooris!

    US Masala

  10. beautiful presentation Raksha..and I've never come across this dish. I must try it..

  11. Was looking for a goan recipe for chana this morning and came across this ..tried it immediately and must say it is simply awesome . thanks for a great recipe raksha

  12. Tried this and it turned finger licking good :) thanks for the recipe....


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