Why keeping this Chana Masala simple makes it the best
I love this Chana Masala because of its simplicity. It took me a few tries, but I managed to make this taste like it has been stewing all day. In a time crunch? Then this 30 minute recipe is for you. Chickpeas make a hearty meal, and I always have multiple cans of chickpeas in my pantry. I also always have pre-fried onions on hand, which cuts down a lot of cooking time. That’s why I’m never too far from a pot of delicious Chana Masala.
The secret is in the spices
My pantry is stocked with whole and ground spices, but when I want a quick dinner with lots of flavor, I use my stash of ground spices. The flavors develop much faster and you don’t have to fish out any whole spices while eating. A tip to get even more flavor out of your cumin and coriander seeds is to dry roast them. I have tips in the recipe notes below. The flavor and aroma is much more intense. On a busy weeknight I wouldn’t even bother garnishing this with anything, but when I make this for dinner parties, (Yes, as simple as this is, it’s always loved as a vegetarian option by guests) a nice sprinkle of fresh cilantro and chopped green chillies adds a fresh flair.
This Chana Masala is inclusive of all diets
Another reason to love this Chana Masala is that it is gluten free, vegan and dairy free. I never realized how clean and wholesome our Pakistani cuisine actually is, but looking through a lot of the recipes we cook on a daily basis, you can see that our simple Pakistani food is gluten free or vegan, if not both.
- 2 cans chickpeas drained
- 3 tbsp oil flavorless
- 1/4 cup fried onions
- 2 roma tomatoes chopped
- 1 tsp ginger crushed
- 1 tsp garlic crushed
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp kashmiri laal mirch or chilli powder
- 1/2 tsp haldi turmeric
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp coriander powder
- 4 green chili peppers
- 2 cups hot water
- fresh cilantro for garnish
- Heat the oil in a pan and add the tomatoes, fried onions, ginger and garlic. Saute for 2 minutes, then cook covered for 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes break easily with your cooking spoon. (If you don’t have fried onions just fry the onion till golden brown, then the chopped tomatoes and ginger garlic paste.)
- Add all the seasoning and spices and saute for one minute. Then add the drained chickpeas and whole green chillies. Saute for 2 minutes, then add the hot water. Simmer covered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. By this time most of the water will have dried up. If you want to keep a shorba (soup like consistency) add more hot water and simmer for a couple minutes. Garnish with fresh cilantro.
Have you tried this easy Chana Masala?
Have you tried this easy and flavorful recipe? If you have, I’d love to hear how it turned out in the comments below!Add to favorites