Saturday, July 5, 2014

Chana Masala

Not only do I hate, hate, hate packing, but I'm really, really, really awful at it.  For every one item that goes into a box, five items require further investigation, reminiscing, or use.  Needless to say, this ends up making a bigger mess than if I'd just grabbed everything and thrown it into a box. 

It's good now and then to take a break in the midst of the colossal mess to make a mess in the kitchen.  And this is approach is exactly why I'm just so bad at packing. 

If I'm going to make a mess, chana masala is a pretty good outcome.  Full of yummy chickpeas and wonderful Indian spices, it's quick to throw together and cooked up in no time.  I like potatoes in mine, but if you leave them out, you can throw this together in the time it takes to cook the rice.

Yes, some messes are definitely worth it. 

Chana Masala

1 tablespoon oil
1 large onion, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garam masala
1 tsp amchoor powder (optional)
3 green chilies chopped
1.5 cups chopped tomato
3/4 cup water
2  15oz cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 cups potatoes, peeled and diced in 1/4 inch cubes
1/2 lemon, juiced
Additional tsp minced ginger (optional)
3 tbsp minced cilantro (optional)

  1. Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and saute until tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic, cumin, coriander, ginger,  turmeric, paprika, garam masala, salt and amchoor if using and saute until fragrant, about a minute.
  4. Reduce heat to medium low.  Add the tomatoes, water, potatoes and chickpeas and cook until potatoes are tender and sauce has thickened,  about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice, fresh ginger and cilantro if using. Add additional salt to taste. 


Laura said...

Your photos are beautiful like always. I love Indian food but never make it because it always looks so complicated but I like that you mention that it's easy and quick. I think I could actually make this and my husband would love me for it!. Thanks for sharing!

Kara said...

I'm so glad to see you back here blogging even if your absence was for a reason! :) I am adding this to the menu for this week. We are trying to eat less animal protein in general so this is perfect!

Gabrielle said...

I never tried indian food until my early thirties if you can believe that. I come from a small farm town in Missouri an indian just wasn't around. Once I tried it though it became my favorite. This recipe looks really easy to make so i'm going to try it!

Jane said...

I'm so glad you're posting again! This looks easy enough to make when I get home from work. Those are my favorite kinds of recipes.

Caitlyn said...

I love chickpeas and curry! I bet if I add chicken, even the hubs will eat it. Indian is not his favorite but meat is the answer to getting him to eat stuff!

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Kate said...

I just bought garam marsala to make something else but I'm going to make this too. It has a lot of the same ingredients but I don't like meat as much as my husband does so this is right up my alley.

Kara said...

Your photos are lovely as always and of course, anything you post looks just so delish!