Sunday Night Dins

Tonight’s dinner was on my mind all afternoon…

Channa Masala

for 2


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 can chickpeas

1 can tomato paste

1 clove garlic

1/2 onion, chopped

2 stalks of celery, diced

1 inch of fresh ginger, minced

1 15 ounce can diced tomatoes

1 tablespoon coriander

1 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon garam masala

1 teaspoon tumeric

juice from 1/2 lemon


In a large cast iron skillet, heat the oil over medium low heat. Add the onions and cook until soft and slightly golden. Next, add the garlic, ginger, and celery. Cook for about 2 minutes until the ginger and garlic have started to become very aromatic. Push the vegetables to the edges of the pan and add the tomato paste to the center. Flatten into a circle and allow to cook for about 5 minutes. This will almost roast the paste and remove a lot of the sweetness. Add the spices, except for the garam masala, and stir. Then add the diced tomatoes, chickpeas, and garam masala. Cook for 5 more minutes until the chickpeas have heated through and soften a bit.

Serve on top of brown rice or with whole grain pita. Be sure to squeeze fresh lemon on top!

On the side I added cauliflower that had been sauteed with curry powder and cumin, steamed in the pan for about 10 minutes, and then mixed with golden raisins.

I was also lucky to snag some kale chips from a roommate =)

Channa Masala is soft and comforting. The tomato loses much of its acidity after being cooked down in the pan for so long and develops a really rich, bold flavor when combined with the spices. The leftovers are even better – can’t wait for tomorrow’s lunch! I often get Channa Masala from the nearby Indian restaurant and it is almost an entirely different dish. I love them both and really enjoy getting to try differnt versions of the recipe. If anyone can enlighten me as to what real Channa Masala consists of, please share! For now I’ll stick with the above…


3 Responses to “Sunday Night Dins”

  1. Looks delicious!!! Where do you get garam masala?


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