One-pan Easy Chickpea Masala the whole family will love

chickpea masala in a bowl

One-pan Easy Chickpea Masala the whole family will love

Thanks to Spark Nutrition Communications for this recipe! #sparkeatwell


chickpea masala in a bowl

Easy Chickpea Masala

The easy curry sauce in this recipe is perfect with budget- and pantry-friendly canned chickpeas and super-convenient frozen veggies. And it’s so tasty, you’ll want to put it on everything! Bonus? With just one pan to clean up, it’s a time-saving winner.
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 4


  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 4 cloves garlic chopped
  • 1 Tbsp fresh ginger root minced
  • 3 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp garam masala spice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 can whole tomatoes undrained, 796mL
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 cans chickpeas drained & rinsed, 19oz each
  • 1 500g pkg cauliflower frozen
  • 1 Tbsp peanut butter smooth or crunchy
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice freshly squeezed, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped (optional)


  • . In a large, deep non-stick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.Add garlic, onion and ginger; cook, stirring for about 5 minutes or until starting to brown. Add tomato paste, garam masala and cumin; cook, stirring, until slightly darkened, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in tomatoes and water, breaking up tomatoes with a spoon.Add chickpeas; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until thickened, about 8 minutes.
  • Stir in cauliflower, peanut butter and lemon juice. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro, if using.


If you like your curry spicy, then add about a 1⁄2 tsp cayenne pepper along with the other spices.
Make a double batch in a big pot, then freeze it in portion- friendly containers up to four weeks for “reheat and eat” lunches or dinners.
Keyword chickpea masala, easydinner, masala
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