Friday, April 24, 2009

Channa Masala

Chickpea, oh you wonderful legume. I've been eating it all my life, ever since my grandmother served it with couscous, cinnamon and sugar.

When it comes to vegetarian dishes and curries, Channa Masala (chickpea curry) is one of my favourites. I mean, if you choose to use olive oil there's nothing bad in there for you. It's also my preferred dish to bring to potlucks as it's inexpensive to prepare and has a wide appeal.

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Channa Masala
Channa masala is a great vegetarian and gluten-free dinner that pleases everybody.
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 2 cups onions, finely chopped
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 tbsp garam masala
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 3 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped (including stems)
1. In a large pan, heat oil on medium heat for one minute.2. Add onions and cinnamon, and sauté for five to eight minutes, until onions are golden.3. Add garlic and sauté for four more minutes.4. Add ginger, tomatoes, salt, pepper, turmeric, cumin, coriander, garam masala and cayenne. Cook the masala for five minutes, until the oil separates.5. Add the chickpeas and cook for 10 minutes.6. Stir in cilantro and serve.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 6-8 servings

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  1. MMMMMM!! Did you see my fresh chickpeas the other week (can't remember)?? These look like they're on their way to tan...I totally love the fresh ones =)

  2. Chickpeas in their pods are so cute! They look totally different than I thought they would! Dan, yep, I would also replace the canola with olive oil. It tastes better too in my opinion. :) Thanks for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week. Alex@amoderatelife

  3. Never saw chickpeas in a pods.Thats darn fresh!
    Not to forgot....I was happy to se use of garam masala in ur recipe :)

  4. I didn't have a picture of the dish (I'll take one the next time I make it) so I found a picture of the fresh ones - I got the idea from another food blogger who actually bought, prepared and ate a pile of fresh ones. I'm not that lucky.

  5. Yum - I make a pumpkin and chickpea curry that is one of my favourite meals - I'm going to try your version.

  6. chickpeas are one of my favorites! I am going to try this recipe. Thanks!!


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