Monday, January 19, 2009

Chana Masala--This is to die for!

In case my one blog reader wanted to try this dish my kids couldn't get enough of, here is the recipe.

Chana Masala

2 cups cooked chick peas (canned, drained, or cooked yourself)
1 t. tamarind concentrate
2 T. oil
1/2 t. cumin seeds
1 large onion, thinly sliced in half rings
2 (or more) garlic cloves, crushed
1 inch piece fresh root ginger, grated
1 fresh green chili, finely chopped (I left this out, although I do like it)
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. ground coriander
1/4 t. ground turmeric (I use about a tsp. I love turmeric)
1/2 t. salt, or to taste
8 oz. tomatoes, peeled and finely chopped (I used 16 oz. tomato sauce--I like it saucy)
1/2 t. garam masala
chopped fresh chilies and chopped onion to garnish

No fancy photos on my blog. Here are the directions

Heat the oil in a large heavy pan and fry the cumin seeds for 2 minutes until they splutter. Add the onion, garlic, ginger and chili and fry for 5 minutes.

Stir in the cumin and coriander with the turmeric and salt and fry for 3-4 minutes. Add the chopped tomatoes (sauce). Bring to the boil and them simmer for 5 minutes.

Drain the chickpeas and add to the tomato mixture together with the garam masala and tamarind. Cover and simmer gently for about 15 minutes. Garnish with the chopped chilies and onion before serving.

Serve over rice or with hot naan.

Couldn't be easier! And it tastes even better the next day.

There. I feel better now that I've shared that. I hate to post such a delicious-looking picture and leave y'all to search the net for a recipe.


1 comment:

Recovering Noah said...

Sandwich, I am DYING to make this!! I went to our local Walmart armed with the list of ingredients - and can you believe that our local store does NOT sell chickpeas?? I have to go to the CITY to buy chickpeas. It's an hour and a half away. But I'm bound and determined to make 'em.

LOVE all the homeschool stuff you've been posting. Hey, are you venturing down this way for vacation this year or is it on hold with moving and all?