Chana masala is one of my favorite Indian dishes to eat. Back when I lived in Louisville I went to the same Indian buffet all the time with my friends - I went so often than the servers there began to recognize me. If chana masala was missing from the buffet during lunch, they would bring me out some of the chana masala they were making for dinner service. I think I could have eaten there every day if I had enough money!

I've been experimenting with making my own chana masala at home and I think I've finally got it right! It's spicy, sour and sweet and has tons of depth. :D

Step 1: ingredients:

  • 2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed OR four cups chickpeas, drained and rinsed (I really like cooking my own chickpeas if I have time!)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 14.5 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 serrano pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 inches fresh ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons coriander
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 tablespoon amchur powder (also spelled amchoor!)
  • fresh cilantro
This ingredients list might look crazy, but it's mostly spices. :D Many of them should be things you have on hand!

The two ingredients I'm very picky about are the amchur powder and the garam masala. Make sure you have good quality garam masala - it should be slightly sweet and very fragrant. The amchur powder can be a little tricky to find, but most Indian groceries will have it, and I'm sure you can buy it online. Amchur powder is sour and fruity, and made from green mangoes.
<p>Loved it - added some spinach 10 minutes before serving - just delicious!</p><p>Also made your brown rice which is also delicious</p><p><a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-cook-brown-rice-in-the-oven/" style="">http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-cook-brown-...</a></p>
<p>This looks amazing. Going to give it a try this week.</p>
<strong>&nbsp;</strong><br> I just made this today and yes, it truly lives up to expectations - Delicious!
squeeze a bit of lemon onto it before eating. I really love it that way...
one of my favourites - delicious :)
I've never tried Chana Masala... but this is absolutely mouthwatering, Jesse!
<br> Now you mention it, I think that chana masala is my favourite Indian dish too!<br> That balance of spice, sour and sweet as well as the slight sort of <em>creaminess</em> the chickpeas give it is just wonderful.&nbsp; I'll be making this.
Chana masala is simply the best Indian dish!
Trader Joe's used to have this *in a box* and I thought it was kinda meh, but this looks fantastic! I usually have a few cans of chickpeas on hand (for hummus), but I'll have to find the amchur powder and the garam masala. Definitely going to try this!
lol.. i time i saw this post.. i was like how come this woman know URDU language as chana is part of hindu/ pakistani language :D hhehe well just to update you, do u know what amchoor is ? it is a spice made out of mangos :D
huuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm ;)

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