SAVORY SUNDAYS- CHANA MASALA

Hello Everyone,

Welcome to Savory Sunday! Today's recipe is an Indian dish. In honor of the marvelous homemade Indian dinner JJ and I had last night with some new friends, I wanted to pay homage to the cuisine. If you've never tried Indian food, I encourage you to do so. I will warn that a lot of dishes can be on the spicy side, so if you are a little leary of heat be cautious of what you order. All of the Indian restaurants I've been to have been extremely veg friendly where most of the dishes are vegetarian or vegan.

JJ and I enjoy Indian food and ventured out and have made Chana Masala of our own a few times. This is a quick and easy Indian dish to make at home. I couldn't find the original recipe we used, but the one below sounds great and close to the one we had based on my recollection. The only difference is that we didn't use potatoes in ours or the garam masala spice. This recipe comes from my favorite source vegweb.com.

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Now on to the recipe!

CHANA MASALA

INGREDIENTS (use vegan versions):

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
2 teaspoon fresh minced ginger
1 – 2 medium potatoes cut into small cubes
1 19 oz can chick peas drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup of water
3 tablespoon tomato paste
3/4 cup coconut milk
2 teaspoon garam masala

DIRECTIONS:

1. Saut̩ onion, garlic and ginger in olive oil on medium heat until onions turn golden brown Рabout 10 minutes

2. Add potatoes and stir together

3. Add curry powder, cumin and 1/4 cup of the water and mix together.

4. When water has boiled off, add remaining ingredients except for garam Masala and mix well

5. Cover and cook until potatoes are just done; add more water if needed

6. Add garam masala right before serving

Serve over jasmine or basmati rice.

You may have to adjust the quantities to suit your taste. This turns out different every time, but always delicious! The tomato paste is a must. You can add more if you want.

Serves: about 4

Preparation time: 30 minutes

To make Garam Masala at home:

INGREDIENTS (use vegan versions):

1 small stick cinnamon
3 to 4 cloves
4 to 5 black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

DIRECTIONS:

Grind all the ingredients into powder.

This could be very spicy for people not used to spicy food. Reduce the amount of cayenne pepper and garam masala as desired for less spicy chana.

If you try it, let me know how it goes!

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