Oct 19, 2010
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Chana Masala

Since my fridge still isn’t working and my household food inventory keeps dwindling I was forced to head straight to the grocery store after work tonight to pick up the fixin’s for dinner. I’m not one of those people who sits down and plans her menus for the week. I prefer to do my grocery shopping once a week, buy whatever produce happens to be priced well or look good, and then just work with whatever ingredients I happened to buy.

During the day I was craving something hearty. Maybe it had something to do with all the apples I had eaten during the day — an apple for breakfast, an apple for lunch, an apple for a snack, and no I’m not exaggerating. Lucky for you all I’m not one of those bloggers who posts pictures of everything she eats because today’s album would look a lot like an ad for the Ontario Apple Growers.

I ruffled through my Google reader searching for a recipe and I settled on Chana Masala with rice from Smitten Kitchen since I had most of the ingredients at home anyway.

After my grocery run, I was greeted at home by this punim:

Someone needs a haircut.

I left Bagigis out of her crate all afternoon and the entire house was intact. No eaten furniture, pillows, or books! I think she’s better home alone than she is with Matt and I!

Matt came home before I could surprise him with dinner, but I was still able to whip up a nice meal while he got some lesson planning done.

Chana Masala


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large white onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1 fresh, hot Hungarian pepper, minced
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper (or to taste)
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 green cardamom pods, whole
1 teaspoon salt
1 large can of diced tomatoes with their juice
2/3 cup water
2 large cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1 lemon (juiced)


Heat oil in a large wok. Add onion, garlic, ginger and pepper and sauté over medium heat until browned, about 5 minutes. Turn heat down to medium-low and add the spices. Cook onion mixture with spiced for a minute or two, then add the tomatoes and any accumulated juices, scraping up any bits that have stuck to the pan. Add the water and chickpeas. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, then stir in lemon juice.

Serve over cooked basmati rice.

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  • This recipe looks great and what an adorable dog!

  • Yum this recipe looks great not to mention that dog is adorable.

  • This definitely looks like a hearty meal. Your puppy is so darn cute! I like that she’s so hairy and fluffy.

  • I’ve always wanted to make this! Looks delicious!

    And your dog is a cutie pie :)

  • i have never actually made this dish and really need/want to! yours looks amazing!

  • I love chickpeas, and channa masala might be the best!

    I like to serve it on a bed of spinach and quinoa… with almond butter. Honestly, it gives it the most wonderful depth of flavour, and some fat to keep me full longer.

  • Awe super cutie! I want to scruffle his ears and make kissy faces! No, I’m not exaggerating ;)

  • I loooove Indian food. Never made it for myself though. Looks like a great recipe!

  • Chana Masala is my all time favorite Indian dish. Good choice :)

  • I just made that like a week ago! YUM! :) Sorry my pig picture scared ya ;)

  • geepers, wish i was as healthy as you! replace apples with chocolate, thats more like my day…

  • Oooh, this looks delicious!! I love chana masala.

    Your dog is such a cutie!! I just wanna squeeze her! (Gently, of course.) ;)

  • Ahhh…I’m in love with your dog. Way too cute. :mrgreen:

    So funny that you posted a recipe for garam marsala because I was planning on making some this weekend. This looks awesome! :D

  • I love chickpeas, but I’ve never had Chana Masala! That looks really yummy!

  • Your pup is so cute! I love chickpeas, never had Channa Masala though.

    Thanks for you comment on my blog – $1450? That was split though I’m assuming with a roommate? To live “downtown”, or somewhere that I’d “like” to be for a 1-bedroom in the city would cost me like $1200 without utilites, parking, etc…it’s so hard. I want it, but how can I justify spending an extra like $400 or so a month on rent really? Insaneness…

  • That is a delicious dish! Having no fridge is a pain in the neck…

    Your dog looks so cute!



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