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Need a quick vegetarian entree or side dish for an Indian dinner? Easy chana masala can be ready in under 20 minutes. Short on time but long on taste!

Cooking elaborate Indian meals is a big deal. It takes time. It’s hard work. Crazy hard. It can be downright exhausting. I’m going to guess nobody in India does that every night. That would be like cooking Thanksgiving dinner 7 days a week. You’d have to quit your job. You’d probably have a nervous breakdown. And you would wind up gaining tons of weight.

Easy chana masala. Big Indian flavours ready in under 20 minutes!

But you can enjoy really good Indian every day. It can be easy. It can be fast. You don’t need 10 different dishes. One will do. This one for instance. Easy chana masala and some store bought naan bread. Dinner in 20 minutes. Anyone can do that.

Easy chana masala. Big Indian flavours ready in under 20 minutes!

 

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Easy chana masala is a delicious, vegetarian Indian dish that can be ready in under 20 minutes.
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Recipe type: side
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • 4 Tbsp onion, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 green chili, finely diced
  • 3 Tbsp fresh tomato, diced
  • 1½ tsp tomato paste mixed with a couple tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup water
  • 20 pieces finely julienned fresh ginger
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro, minced
  • 1 19 oz can chickpeas
  • A bit of cilantro and diced tomato to garnish
Spice Mix
  • ½ tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kasoor methi (fenugreek leaves)
  • ¼-1 tsp mild kashmiri chili powder (1/4 tsp is medium heat, 1 tsp is pretty hot)
  • 1 tsp Indian restaurant mix powder or curry powder
  • 1 tsp chana masala spice mix
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. Prep your ingredients. Chop the vegetables. Make the spice mix, Drain and rinse the chickpeas. Mix the tomato paste with water.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the vegetable oil.
  4. Add the cumin seed and cook until it sizzles. This should happen almost instantly.
  5. Cook the onions until they are soft and translucent, about 1-2 minutes.
  6. Stir in the garlic, green chili and diced tomato.. Cook one minute, stirring occasionally.
  7. Turn the heat down. Add the spice mix and cook 20-30 seconds.
  8. Add the diluted tomato paste, turn the heat up and cook for 30 seconds or so.
  9. Mix in the ginger, cilantro and water.
  10. Add the chickpeas.
  11. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring, until the chickpeas are warmed through.
  12. Garnish with tomato and cilantro and serve.

 

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