Canned chickpeas can also be used, reduce cooking time to 8-10 mins manual high.
If you don’t have chana masala or chole masala you can make it at home using below recipe or skip and use more garam masala.
Homemade Chana Masala/Chole Masala spice blend :
Coriander seeds – 3 tbsps
Cumin seeds – 1 tbsps
Cloves – 1/2 tsp
Cinnamon – 4 to 5 one inch pieces.
Green Cardamom – 2 tsp
Black cardamom – 2 tsp
Black pepper – 2 tsp
Bay leaf – 4
Turmeric powder – 1.5 tsp
Amchur powder (Dry mango powder) – 1 tsp
Red chilies – 7 to 8 (medium spicy one’s)
Kala namak (Black salt) – 1 tsp
Roast all the whole spices (except powdered spices) on low heat, till they are fragrant. Alternatively you can roast them in microwave too! Let the spices cool and grind them all together to a fine powder and store in airtight container.