Mindy Kaling Staying True To Her Indian Roots

Actor, author, director, and producer Mindy Kaling is a popular name that has been giving a global appeal to Indian culture. Her social media posts are a proof that she prefers staying close to her Indian roots. Her work and her social media posts are enough to say this!

We cannot disagree that a large part of Indian culture revolves around food. This we can see in the recent Instagram post of Mindy Kaling. The Office actress recently took to Instagram and shared the recipe of chana masala which is something we all are familiar with. For those who don’t know, chana masala is one of the most popular Indian dishes that have a huge fan following especially in North India. One can have it with rice, with chapati, or even can have it as it is.

Mindy Kaling, who is also the creator of the popular Netflix series ‘Never Have I Ever, made this dish in less than 20 minutes. In her Instagram post, Kaling is seen using boiled and canned chana. She has mostly used ready-made ingredients. The reason she disclosed making chana masala is ‘it is one of the easiest Indian recipes that you can make'. She wrote ‘Actual chefs and Chana Masala purists, look away! But if you want an easy little spicy chickpea dish that slightly resembles this legendary Indian dish, stay put!’. She said ‘I am doing it the super cheat-y way,”.

Since we have talked about it so much, let us tell you how you can make Mindy Kaling-style chana masala at home in less than 20 minutes as she did.


  • Handful of coriander
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 2 tomatoes (pureed)
  • Half a ginger
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • Dash of coconut sugar
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • ½ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 chopped onion
  • Salt as per taste


  • Chop some coriander and add it to a mortar and pestle.
  • Add garlic and ginger to the pestle and grind them into a coarse paste.
  • Take a pan and add oil.
  • Add cumin or cumin powder and chopped onion.
  • Add salt and keep stirring the mixture
  • Add crushed coriander powder and ginger-garlic paste to the pan.
  • Add chili powder, turmeric powder, and a pinch of pepper.
  • You can add water depending on the consistency.
  • Add chickpeas and add tomato puree.
  • Add a dash of coconut sugar.
  • Let it cook for a few, minutes.
  • In the end, squeeze some lemon and let it cook.
  • When it starts boiling, turn off the flame.

Try this recipe and don’t thank us, thank Mindy Kaling! 

Happy Cooking!!