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Veg: Easy and quick chana masala
May 6, 2014, 22:43
Filed under: 15-30 mins, Veggie | Tags: , ,

Yum, yum, Indian food, one of the best cuisines for vegetarians. And despite what people say, not as complicated to cook, with a few tips you can prepare it faster than you think. Chana masala, is a typical restaurant dish, that I think it tastes far better when is homemade.

chana masala resized


  • 1 can of chick peas
  • 3 fresh tomatoes
  • 1 medium size onion
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 ½ Tbsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 Tbsp minced/grated fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp minced/grated fresh ginger
  • 1 chili
  • sun flower oil (2 Tbsp)

Times: 5 mins to prepare and 20-25 mins cooking.

Preparation: Chop the onion, not too finely. Prepare the tomatoes in cubes, but not too small, not too big.


In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, lower the heat and just add the cumin seeds. Toast the seeds for a minute or two, stirring frequently, until they are golden and fragrant. Be careful not to burn the seeds. Raise the heat back to medium and stir in the onion, garlic, ginger and optionally chili. Cook for about five minutes, stirring often. Add in the garam masala, coriander powder, turmeric, salt, and cook for two more minutes.

After that drop the tomatoes and their juices. Use the back of a wooden spoon to mash the tomatoes and cook for 2 mins. Use a hand mixer to make the mixture and even paste directly in the pan.

Raise the heat to medium-high and add the chickpeas. If it’s too dry add some boiling water from the kettle. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes or longer to allow the flavours to develop.

Garnish with fresh corriander and serve with home cooked naan breads, that I posted earlier on my blog



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