Easy Chana Masala Recipe

No, this isn’t an easy version of Chana Masala. As it turns out, the authentic version is easy all on its own!

Easy Chana Masala Recipe

 

Easy Chana Masala Recipe

I took my first stab at making Indian food just a few days ago. I was late to the Indian-food-love overall. I had my first taste (that I can remember at least) at age 27. Why I waited so long, I’ll never know. But I do know now that I indeed love Indian food.

Easy Chana Masala Recipe

After my love-at-first-taste experience with Indian food, I enjoyed eating it frequently. However, I dared not try making it on my own. Indian food seemed to me to be this exotic and impossible-to-reproduce food masterpiece. I thought it was best ordered at an authentic restaurant. But at the coaxing of one of my Indian friends, I finally gave her recipe a try. It was for one of my favorites – Chana Masala!

Easy Chana Masala Recipe

Indeed, it was delicious, wonderful, and the best part – incredibly simple to make. Or is the best part how insanely affordable this vegetarian dish (that my meat-loving husband enjoys) is? Either way…Hazzah! :)

Easy Chana Masala Recipe
 
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Talk about a 30 minute meal you’ll want to make ASAP. This easy recipe comes together in a cinch, uses few ingredients (but ok, lots of spices) and boasts an amazing and unique flavor. Chana Masala makes for a great (and easy-on-the-wallet) vegetarian main course or even side dish. Serve with rice and/or homemade naan (yes, homemade – it’s easy and really completes the meal)
Adapted from my friend Yamini’s recipe
*Vegetarian* *Vegan* (Possibly Gluten Free?)
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (or canola oil)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ – ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper (depending on how spicy you like your eats)
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped, about ½ cup (or sub canned)
  • 1 – 1½ cup water
  • 2 15-ounce cans chick peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala (should be available in most grocery stores)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, if needed
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat a medium sauce pan to medium heat. Add oil to pan. Add onion and cook until onion is translucent and just browning, about 5-6 minutes. Add garlic and cook for one minute, or until garlic is fragrant.
  2. Stir in coriander, cumin, cayenne, turmeric, and salt.
  3. Stir in water and tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are soft, stirring occasionally, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. Using an immersion blender (or stand blender), blend tomato mixture until blended well. Add extra water, if needed.
  5. Add chick peas to tomato mixture and stir to combine. Bring mixture to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Stir in garam masala and additional salt or pepper, to taste, if needed. Simmer chick peas and sauce for 10 minutes.
  6. Serve chana masala with rice and/or naan.
Notes
Serves 4 – But even if you’re only feeding less, make the whole batch – this makes for wonderful leftovers that re-heat great the next day.

If you have the time, homemade naan can’t be beaten. But, if you need a hand, Trader Joe’s has great frozen naan (tandoori and garlic) that heats up in only 1½ minutes in the oven.

Easy Chana Masala Recipe

Remember to check out this post for a link to a simple homemade naan recipe and video! It would go perfectly with this Easy Chana Masala Recipe. You can also buy naan at the store. I get mine from the frozen section at Trader Joe’s. I also recommend picking some up from your fave local Indian restaurant or trying the recipe out yourself. Don’t be a scaredy cat like me. Don’t fear the Indian cooking, embrace it! If I can do it, so can you! ;)

How old were you when you tried your first Indian food?

(No Share) Cake Minis – A Teaser

There are a few things that I make again and again here on The Chic Life:

Well friends…I smell a new trend forming here on the bloggie…

Behold! Teaser photos! *wink*

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Good things come in small packages. Coming soon to TCL – Individual Cake Bakes aka (No Share) Cake Minis. They’re sweet, they’re vegan, and they’re just big enough for one person – no sharing, please! The recipe will make just enough for two people – two separate cake minis! No more scrubbing muffin pans, people. Bake just enough for you and a friend…or for you to enjoy twice! Easy, tasty, and fun to bake.

I have 1 flavor done, 1 in testing, and more ideas in my head than I have time to bake! ;)

Reader Q #1 – What are you favorite repeat foods here on TCL?

Reader Q #2 - What Cake Mini flavors would you like to see?

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