Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Awesome Channa Masala

Okay so it's been a while but I've got some new recipes!

Cook up a quart or two of chickpeas or get a couple cans worth (seriously make your own if you can).

Finely chop one medium onion and a couple cloves garlic. Toss into a med-hot pan with some oil or butter (I generally use canola oil). Cook until slightly translucent.

Add 1 Tb coriander powder, 2 Tsp Cumin powder (grind fresh if possible), 1/2 tsp chile or cayenne powder and one tsp tumeric to the onion/garlic mixture and stir until fragrant, maybe a minute or two. Add one small can stewed tomatoes (~15oz) drained to the pan and mix. Add a bit more oil if you need to.

Add the quart of chickpeas, ideally with cooking fluid as well, but add 1/2 cup of water if there is no cooking fluid. Shake in ~ 1 tsp salt, but more or les can be added to your tastes. Add 1 Tsp garam masala (whole coriander seeds, cumin seeds, peppercorns, cloves) and 1-2tsp freshly grated ginger (I freeze mine so it grates easily). Stir in and add one finely chopped small jalapeno or 1/2 medium jalepeno (or more, if you like it hot).

Let everything simmer (ideally covered, if not add a little extra water) for ~ 10 minutes. Just before serving, add the juice of 1/2 or one whole lime to the dish and stir. Great when garnished with cilantro and yogurt over rice!

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