I've written about Chana Masala before. It's a delicious way to enjoy garbanzo beans by cooking them in a traditional Indian masala sauce. Costco once carried Tasty Bite's Channa Masala packets that were quite good that I would heat up at work and enjoy for a quick lunch. But for some reason, they've stopped selling them at my Costco.
So now I'm experimenting with recipes to see if I can come close to replicating it. My recipe will never be truly authentic because it takes a lot of different fresh spices and ingredients to pull it off right. But I do want to see if I can come close enough using traditional dried spices that I typically have in my own cupboard.
Like some other recipes in this blog, this will be a work in progress and I will continue to update it as I cook and refine it. If you have any suggestions of your own, please leave them in the comments section.
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 cup diced onion (about 1/2 large onion) or sub 1 tbsp onion powder
- 1 tbsp tomato paste or chipotle in adobo (for extra heat)
- 1/2 tsp coriander
- 1/2 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp sugar
- 1/2 tsp dried garlic or 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp dried ginger or 1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp turmeric
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 tsp cardamom
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 14oz can chickpeas drained
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper (less or more depending on desired spice level)
- 3/4 cup diced tomatoes (2 medium tomatoes or 1/2 of a 14oz can)
- Chopped cilantro for garnish
- Lime wedges for additional punch of flavor at the end
- Heat the oil in a skillet or pot over medium heat and cook the onion for 2-3 minutes until soft and translucent.
- Add tomato paste/chipotle and fresh garlic and ginger if using and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
- Add the rest of the spices and allow to bloom for a minute in the heat.
- Add the wet ingredients (water, vinegar, chickpeas, and tomatoes if using) and bring to a simmer.
- Ready to serve when heated through or continue to simmer for 30-60 minutes for the flavors to meld.
- 40 Aprons Recipe - https://40aprons.com/easy-chana-masala/
- Tasty Bite Chana Masala Ingredient List - water, chickpeas, tomato paste, sunflower oil, dried onion, coriander powder, salt, cumin, jaggery (brown cane sugar), dried garlic, spices, apple cider vinegar, chili peppers, dried ginger, turmeric, red chili pepper powder