Chana Tondak / Goan Chana Masala

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
4-5 peppercorns
2-3 cloves
2 onions
1 potato
4-5 garlic flakes
1 marble sized ball of tamarind
1 tsp turmeric powder

Soak chana's for 4-6 hours.
Boil them 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 brown.
Add garlic and fry.
To this add grated coconut and fry till coconut turns brownish. Make sure to fry on low flame.
Add all the masala ( red chillies, coriander seeds, peppercorns and cloves) and fry for some time.
Once it gets fried switch off gas, mix turmeric powder and stir.
Let this cool for a while.
Grind this along with tamarind ball smooth paste adding water as required.
Now in the same kadai, add the boiled chanas and the gravy.
Add salt per taste.

Serve with chapatis/phulkas or bread.

Sending this recipe to MLLA 34 guest hosted by JayaWagle.

and also to 'CWS-CORIANDER SEED'  hosted by Aruna and Priya.


  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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