Chana Masala | Slimming World Friendly Recipe

Easy and simple Chana Masala using tinned chickpeas and then cooked with onion, tomatoes and spices. This popular Indian dish is low in fat and calories. It is the perfect vegetarian and gluten-free dish which pairs well with boiled rice or naan bread. This unofficial recipe is perfect for any one following Slimming World, Weight Watchers or a calorie controlled diet.

Chana Masala is one of the most popular vegetarian Indian dishes made using chickpeas and it is absolutely delicious. This is one of my favourite Indian recipes to make at home when I want something low fat, filling and full of flavour. This recipe is so quick and easy to make, it comes together in around 30 minutes and I bet you already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen cupboards already. Just don’t forget to serve with my delicious Naan Bread.

Why you’ll love this recipe….

  • Delicious
  • Low in fat
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Syn Free
  • Quick and easy to make
  • Authentic
  • Full of protein

Batch Cook – Storage Information

  • Fridge: Store leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days.
  • Reheat: Reheat in the microwave or on the hob.
  • Freezer: Allow to cool before placing in a suitable containers. Keep for up to 6 months. Thaw before reheating. 

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Chana Masala

Slimming World Syns: ZERO*
Weight Watchers: Coming Soon
Calories: 98 Per Serving
Course Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 400g Tinned Chickpeas [Drained]
  • 400g Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Large Onion [Peeled and Roughly Chopped]
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  • 2 Green Chillies [Roughly Chopped]
  • ½ tsp Ground Cumin
  • ½ tsp Turmeric
  • ½ tsp Garam Masala
  • 2 tsp Lemon juice


  • Add 200ml of salted water to a pan and bring to the boil. Add the drained chickpeas and simmer for 1 minute. Turn off the heat, set aside and allow the chickpeas to soak in the water.
  • Add the onion, garlic, chillies, and ginger to a food processor. Blitz to a paste and then pop in to a pan over a medium heat. Add a few splashes of the infused water and simmer for a minute. Stir in all of the spices and simmer for a further 2 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, lemon juice, water and chickpeas to the pan. Cover with a lid and simmer for 10 – 15 minutes until most of the liquid is reduced. Remove the lid for the last 5 minutes. Serve with your choice of side.


*Slimming World Syns and Weight Watchers Points are all approximate and estimated by the team. They have not been verified by an official source.

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1 Response

  1. kay says:

    I made this at the weekend and loved it. I also made the chicken tikka skewers and brocolli to go with out. New easy peasy favourite.

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