Chana Bateta Recipe Halal Ramadan Family Cookbook Anisa Karolia

Chana Batata, Chickpea & Potato Masala by Anisa Karolia

Chana Bateta Recipe Halal Ramadan Family Cookbook Anisa Karolia

Extracted from The Ramadan Family Cookbook by Anisa Karolia

By Cook With Anisa

Chana batata is a popular and comforting vegetarian starter. Chickpeas and diced potatoes are simmered in a rich and savoury tomato-based gravy. This dish is perfect for parties and get-togethers.


  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 8–9 curry leaves
  • 300g tomato passata
  • 1 teaspoon garlic paste
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chilli powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon hot paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3 tablespoons tamarind sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chilli sauce
  • 2 tablespoons jaggery or granulated sugar
  • 200g tin of sweetcorn, drained
  • 400g tin of kala chana
  • (Brown chickpeas), drained
  • 400g tin of chickpeas, drained
  • 300g tinned baby potatoes, drained and halved
  • 240ml water
  • Salt, to taste
  • 5g fresh coriander, finely chopped, to garnish
  • 1 red onion, finely diced, to garnish


Serves 4-5 • Time: Prep 15min, Cook 30min

  1. Heat a large pot on a medium heat.
  2. Add the mustard seeds and cover with a lid.
  3. Once they start to pop, pour in the oil and add the curry leaves, passata and garlic paste.
  4. Cook the garlic for 1 minute, until fragrant.
  5. Add the spices and cook for 3–4 minutes until the tomato passata reduces and the spices are well incorporated.
  6. Add the tamarind sauce for tangyness, chilli sauce for extra kick and jaggery or sugar for sweetness.
  7. Mix everything well, then add the sweetcorn, chickpeas and and potatoes and stir to combine.
  8. Pour in the water, cover with a lid and cook on a low heat for 20 minutes, or until the sauce thickens sightly.
  9. Serve in individual bowls, garnished with coriander and red onions.

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Recipe Halal Ramadan Family Cookbook Anisa Karolia

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