Saturday, March 7, 2009

Channa Masala

Looks like a lot of ingredients and a lot of steps but is easily modified to what you have on hand and the steps are quite quick. I didn't have a lot of the spices, but I did have curry powder. If you have cumin seeds, roast them but leave them whole. Lots of lemon! Serve over brown rice. Makes 6-8. So you may want to reduce since chickpeas would be a dried bean (column 1 - 20%).

Variations: include chopped potatoes or eggplant

1 tablespoon vegetable oil (EVOO for this cleanse)
2 medium onions (peeled and minced)
1 clove garlic (peeled and minced)
1 tablespoon ground coriander
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
6 tablespoons chopped tomatoes
1 cup water
4 cups cooked chickpeas
2 teaspoons ground roasted cumin seeds
1 tablespoon amchoor powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 lemon (juiced)
1 fresh, hot green chili pepper (minced)
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1 Heat oil in a large skillet.
2 Add onions and garlic and sauté over a medium heat until browned (3-5 minutes).
3 Turn heat to medium-low.
4 Add the coriander, cumin (not the roasted cumin), cayenne and turmeric.
5 Stir for a few seconds.
6 Add the tomatoes.
7 Cook the tomatoes until browned lightly.
8 Add chickpeas and a cup of water and stir.
9 Add the roasted cumin, amchoor, paprika, garam masala, salt and lemon juice.
10 Cook covered for 10 minutes.
11 Remove the cover add the minced chili and ginger.
12 Stir and cook uncovered for 30 seconds.

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