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Channa Masala

Posted Dec 17 2012 3:54pm

Cozy, quick and healthy comfort food that fits the red and green theme of the month.   

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Even if you aren’t sure if you are a huge fan of Indian, I suggest you give this a try.  There are tons of great flavors and you can add as much spicyness as you like!

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Channa Masala

slightly adapted from Prevention RD

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1 tsp ground turmeric
2 tsp garam masala
1 (15 oz) can whole tomatoes, with their juices
1/2 cup water
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
3 oz baby spinach
1/2 tsp salt

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a large skillet. Once hot, add onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté over medium heat until softened and beginning to brown, about 5-6 minutes.
  2. Add the cumin, cayenne, turmeric, and garam masala.
  3.  Cook onion mixture with spices for a minute or two, then add the tomatoes and juices. 
  4. Cook for another 5-10 minutes, breaking up the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon.
  5. Add the water and chickpeas. 
  6. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes.
  7. Simmer for another 10-15 minutes, covered on low heat.
  8.  During the last 5 minutes of simmering add the baby spinach and salt.

 Another great bonus, this meal is inexpensive and can easily be adapted by adding chicken or changing the amount of spice. 

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 Plus, it’s a great reason to have some naan!  And who doesn’t love the fluffy goodness and slight crunch of warmed naan.  

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 To make a more complete meal, serve with garlic green beans and quinoa. 

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