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|Alternative name(s)||Chole Masala|
|Place of origin||South Asia|
|Region or state||Punjab region of Pakistan and India|
|Main ingredient(s)||Chickpeas, onion, tomatoes, coriander seed, garlic, chiles, ginger|
Chana masala [ˈtʃənaː məˈsaːlaː], also known as chole masala or channay (plural) is a popular Punjabi dish in Pakistani and Indian cuisine. The main ingredient is chickpeas (called "chana" in Hindustani). It is fairly dry and spicy with a sour citrus note.
Along with chickpeas, the ingredients typically include onion, chopped tomatoes, coriander seed, garlic, chillies, ginger, dried mango powder (amchur, sometimes spelled "amchoor"), crushed pomegranate seed (anardana) and garam masala.
In India, it is often eaten with a type of fried bread and is known as chole bhature. It is commonly sold by street vendors but also can be found in restaurants.
In Kerala, White appam and Channa Masala is one of the main dish for breakfast. Also Channa Masala is Known as "Kadala Curry" among Keralites
Aloo chole is a Pakistani variation of chana masala made with potatoes as well as chickpeas. In Lahore, a variation of the dish called "murgh cholay" is popular; the dish consists of chickpeas and chicken and is part of the traditional breakfast of Lahore.