I decided to make Chana Masala for dinner last night and it turned out amazing! We are trying to eat a more vegetarian based diet so this meal was perfect. It is also GF and Vegan. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
- 2 cups of dried chickpeas
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 head of garlic
- 1 onion
- 1.5 inch of ginger
- 2 green chilies (optional if you want more spice)
- bay leaves (a few)
- cumin seeds (2 teaspoons)
- Turmeric (a couple pinches)
- garam masala (a couple pinches)
- salt and pepper (to taste)
I used dried chickpeas and had them cooking in the slow cooker all day before making this. You can also used canned chickpeas if you like.
In a blender add the tomato, garlic, onion, ginger and green chilies to make a paste. Cut up all the ingredients into smaller pieces so that they are easier to blend. I add a small amount of water to also help.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Add cumin seeds and bay leaves.
Once cumin seeds brown add turmeric, garam masala, salt and pepper. Cook on a higher heat and stir for a couple minutes.
Add the paste to the pan turning the heat to medium. You can add some more water to get the paste to a consistency that you like.
Add in the cooked chickpeas.
Simmer on low for 10-15 minutes.
You can serve this dish with rice or an indian bread and garnish with cilantro 🙂