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Chilli chana recipe | Chana chilli | kabuli chana manchurian recipe with step by step photos and video recipe. simple and interesting veg starter recipe for those who are bored of paneer and mushrooms. 

I got this idea when i was cooking chicken manchurian for my guests and one out of it was vegetarian. this happened long back. chickpeas is something which is always there in any Indian pantry for that matter. we can make the same sauce and just split it into half for the veg and non veg version. 🙂 

Chilli chana recipe

making this chana manchurian or chana chilli however you call it as is very easy task. just that you need to make the sauce right. making the chana crisps is not a task at all. it is very simple. 

I made this chana chilli for schezwan fried rice. This is also a good side dish option for any vegetable fried rice. or Egg fried rice or even veg pulao

chana manchurian recipe

Chilli chana recipe | Chana chilli recipe

chilli chana recipe

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
soaking chana5 hours
Total Time55 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


to make chana crisps

  • 1.5 cups chana soaked overnight
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder
  • 4+2 tbsp corn flour
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp rice flour

to make sauce

  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped ginger
  • 1/2 tsp chopped green chilli
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tbsp bell peppers
  • 1.5 tbsp chopped spring onions
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1/4 tsp soya sauce
  • 2-3 drops vinegar
  • 1/8 cup water
  • 2 tsp corn flour


  • soak the chana overnight. drain and pressure cook with water and turmeric powder for 4-5 whistles. 
  • open, drain the excess water. let it cool completely. 
  • take it in a bowl and add 4 tbsp corn flour, salt and toss it well. 
  • further add chilli powder, onion powder, garlic powder and few drops of water. toss it again. 
  • finally add 2 tbsp corn flour and rice flour. toss again to get it well coated. 
  • drop the well coated chana in medium hot oil. fry until slightly brown. 
  • drain it to a paper towel. keep it aside until use. 

to make sauce

  • heat oil in a pan, add chopped garlic, chopped ginger, chopped green chilli. mix well. 
  • further add chopped onions, chopped capsicum and chopped spring onions. 
  • fry until transparent. 
  • add salt, chilli powder, sugar and fry for few seconds. 
  • further add tomato sauce, vinegar and soya sauce. 
  • mix well. fry for a couple of seconds and add water. 
  • make the corn slurry by mixing few drops of water to 2 tsp corn flour. 
  • add the slurry to the sauce and keep stirring until saucy. 
  • drop the fried chickpeas to it and gently mix it with the sauce. 
  • serve hot and fresh. 


chana manchurian recipe

Time needed: 55 minutes

now lets see how to make this chana manchurian with step by step pictures

  1. soak the chana overnight

    take the white chickpeas or chana. rinse thoroughly and soak it in water for 6-8 hours or overnight. drain and discard the water used for soaking, wash again and take it in a pressure cooker. add enough water. Chilli chana recipe

  2. pressure cook chana

    add turmeric powder, close and pressure cook for 4-5 whistles. Chilli chana recipe

  3. cook until soft

    open after the pressure settles down. check if the chana is easily mashable. it has to be easily mashable but intact in shape. drain the water (you can use the water as stock for making the sauce) and take it in a bowl. Chilli chana recipe

  4. add corn flour and salt

    to this add corn flour and salt to taste. we will be adding corn flour in two parts. 4 tbsp now and then 2 tbsp later. Chilli chana recipe

  5. Toss it

    Toss it well instead of using hands or spoon. because you may mash the chana. toss until it is well coated. slight moisture in the chana is enough for the flour to get stuck to chana. Chilli chana recipe

  6. add the spices

    add red chilli powder, garlic powder and onion powder. adding onion and garlic powder is optional. if you do not have it handy, go for ginger garlic paste. sprinkle few drops of water to the bowl. Chilli chana recipe

  7. toss it again

    toss it again for the spices to get coated well.  few drops of water added helps in even coating and perfect binding. Chilli chana recipe

  8. repeat the flour binding process

    this time add 2 tbsp corn flour and 2 tbsp rice flour. rice flour helps to get the crispy chana. toss it again until you see the beautiful pearl like chanas out there. Chilli chana recipe

  9. fry the coated chana

    heat oil until it is medium hot. drop the chana in batches to avoid over crowding. keep turning it to get evenly cooked. fry until it is slightly brown. take it to a paper towel to remove excess oil. Chilli chana recipe

  10. making of the sauce

    heat oil and drop in the chopped garlic, chopped ginger and chopped green chilli. mix well for a couple of seconds. Chilli chana recipe

  11. add the vegetables

    add chopped onions, chopped bell peppers and chopped spring onions. fry until it is transparent.Chilli chana recipe

  12. season the sauce

    add salt and chilli powder to taste. Chilli chana recipe

  13. season the sauce

    further add sugar and mix well. saute it for few seconds. Chilli chana recipe

  14. add the sauces

    goes in tomato sauce, soya sauce and vinegar. mix well. quickly saute for few seconds and add 1/8 cup water. Chilli chana recipe

  15. add the corn slurry

    mix few drops of water to the corn flour to make a slurry or it and add it to the sauce little at a time. Chilli chana recipe

  16. reach the desired consistency

    mix quickly until you reach the saucy/medium thick but flowy consistency. turn off the flame immediately. Chilli chana recipe

  17. mix in fried chana

    lastly add the fried chana to the sauce and mix gently to coat the sauce evenly. If you want the dry version. heat it up until all the moisture is gone.  Chilli chana recipe

serve fresh and hot ! 

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