Sunday, September 19, 2010

Channa Masala and Chai Winner

Channa Masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes, its packed with nutrients such as protein, fiber and folate and it tastes delicious. My other favorite is aloo gobi, recipe coming up this week.

 I am going to try and make hubby more Indian dishes as poor guy due to the fact Jasmines palate still doesn't like spice he hasn't had it as often as before :-)

  • one cup of pre soaked chick peas, I soaked mine overnight
  • 3 small tomatoes
  • 2 green chillis or red dried ones work well
  • 1/2 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoon masala powder
  • teaspoon cumin powder
  • teaspoon coriander powder
  • salt to taste
  • teaspoon mustard seeds
  • handful of curry leaves
  1. pressure cook the channa/chick peas for 2 whistles
  2. in another pan heat some canola oil and pop the mustard seeds, add the green chili, curry leaves onion and saute for 3 minutes
  3. then add the tomatoes, spices and reduce down to a paste for 10-15 minutes
  4. add the cooked channa and a little water, salt and masala powder if desired, taste to see if more spice is needed.

I actually kept a few cooked chick peas for Jasmine without the spice and she snacked on them :-)

What are your favorite Indian dishes?

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  1. I adore chickpeas and I'm always looking for ways to eat this wonderful bean. I'm going to have to get a hold of fresh curry leaves so that I can make this recipe.

  2. I have to say I have the least experience with Indian dishes. Love it when served, but need to learn! I'll be back for tips!

  3. Congrats for the win lesli...and chana masala looks yum with those spices rebecca....

  4. One of my favorite dishes! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I love chick peas. This looks very delicious with all the spices. Love it spicy...mmm

  6. I love channa masala--this looks delicious! ;-)

  7. I think this will be very popular at the tummies :)

  8. That looks lovely! We normally brown the onions a bit more than that to give the trade mark chana masala taste ;)

    Lately I have seen chana masala being made alot by non Indians. Thata great thing ofcourse. Its also due to the fact that its quiet easy to make specially when u cheat and use canned chickpeas! Sometimes I kid my hubster that I wish he was French or Italian so I could have a multi national food heritage. :D

  9. Mine too, Rebecca. I love channa recipes, protein packed food. Nice read.

  10. Oh, must taste divine! I love channa curry, samosa, chai etc. Indian food is so irresistible :))

  11. Needless to say, I'm in love with chickpeas-- and masala is one of my favorite flavors in Indian cuisine, so I will definitely try this!

  12. Fantastic recipe. Do you have a rec on how to cook without a pressure cooker?

  13. I would love to cook this dish, but I have a question. How long is "2 whistles" in a pressure cooker.

    Thanks in advance for the answer.

  14. Wonderful recipe, Rebecca, and I'm so glad there are more coming. I don't do a lot of Indian cooking and would love to try this dish. Not certain I can find all the ingredients, but I'll look.

  15. This is my hubby's fave. he can any kind of beans everyday.

  16. I love chickpea anything, and channa masala is great a dish.

  17. Love chickpeas and this dish sounds yummy :)

  18. I've never had Channa Masala, it sounds super delicious!

  19. Rebecca, my apologies for my lack of commenting. I've just been so busy lately and I haven't found much time to spend in the blogging world.
    This dish does indeed look healthy and delicious. I'll have to try this soon. Chick peas are my daughter's favorite!
    Blessings to you and yours!

  20. Looks so good, Rebecca!! I love Indian food, but I've never had this dish. I'll have to try it sometime :)

  21. Christine oh thats cool enjoy
    Renee: oh hope you try its easy
    Sushma thanks
    Belinda my pleasure
    Mary thanks me too
    Deb thanks
    3 hungry tummies hope to see on your blog
    Kulsum thanks for the tip
    Sanjeeta thanks
    The laquer spoon smiles
    the food hound enjoy
    doc just boil them till soft
    Mely oh no worries about 15-20 min or you can cheat and used canned
    Barbara oh hope you find the ingredients
    Indonesia eats oh your hubby has good taste thanks for stopping by
    Nirmala oh i agree smiles
    G thanks
    5 star foodie thanks
    catherine no worries at all LOL
    Victoria thanks

  22. chana masala is THE indian dish in my world. i'm obsessed with it and order it every single time. my friend's mom taught me to make it, but it's slightly different than yours. but isnt that just typical of different families?

  23. I love chick peas, especialy the dried ones , i find the canned type a little too sweet. As for favorite indian dishes, I would say dosa and idli's are my favorite with all the sambals that comes with it.

  24. Hey Rebecca,
    Good channa masala. Do check my version too.

  25. Channa masala is SUCH a good dish! Love the flavor and spices. And how healthy it is!

  26. This would be a fresh, healthy and wonderful dish.

    I am not sure if I have ever seen fresh curry leaves.

  27. oops I posted the wrong link earlier -heres the one

  28. I love daal! Anything with curry gets my vote to be honest. I'm just a big lover of Indian food. Congrats to your winner!

  29. Love chickpeas, never get tired of them :-) This popular dish is my fav too

  30. baking barrister yep we all have our own ways of doing things lol
    peanutt love dosa as well lol
    Shirley on my way over to see yours :-)
    Joanne thanks
    Velva no worries if you cant find them
    Julie oh me too
    Gulmohar smiles

  31. we love chickpeas but have never treid this dish...seems spicy just how we like..will have to try!!yum


  32. Yum! I love chickpeas, too, and never seem to know what to do with them. Our local Asian grocer sells curry leaves, and I have never used them. his looks great!

  33. sweetlife oh you will love this one lol
    Othelia oh thats cool hope you try it



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