Chana Masala

One of the first restaurants I went to when I first moved to California served this amazing chana masala. Although I love it, I find it a little spicy. I would have to guzzle water with it. I will admit that I am a complete spice wuss… I think the average human being doesn’t even notice the spice in their dish. But I thought I could recreate it so I could handle it. And I just love recreating restaurant favourites at home =)

Chana Masala (serves 2-4)

1.5 cups cooked chickpeas (probably about a can’s worth)

1 medium sweet potato, peeled & chopped

1 tbsp of coconut oil

1 tbsp of grated, fresh ginger (fresh is best, but dried works too)

2 carrots, peeled & thinly sliced

3 pieces of bok choy, sliced

1 cup of peas

1 medium tomato, chopped

1/4 cup of coconut milk

1 tbsp of curry

1 tsp of cumin

1 tsp of garam masala

1 tsp of sea salt

1/2 tsp of dried ginger

1/2 tsp of cinnamon

1 tbsp of chickpea flour

Start by throwing your chopped sweet potato into a small pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Once the water is boiling, turn the heat down to medium and allow it to simmer for 5-7 minutes, until it is tender. While your sweet potato is cooking, heat a wok on your stove on medium heat. Add your coconut oil, ginger & carrot and sautée for 7 minutes. Add your peas and bok choy and sautée for another 2-3 minutes. Once the sweet potato is done, drain and add to your wok along with the chopped tomato. Add the coconut milk and all of the spices and bring to a boil. When it’s boiling, add your chickpea flour, stir it in, turn down the heat and allow everything to simmer until most of the coconut milk has cooked off.

I served this over some rice, spritzed some fresh lime juice on top and garnished it with fresh cilantro and a bit of coconut shreds. It’s deliciously warming.

7 thoughts on “Chana Masala

  1. Hi Kimmy,
    I love all of the flavorful ingredients in this delectable recipe! I live near Little India so I am always trying new dishes and picking up spices. Thank you for sharing your Chana Masala with us at the Plant-based Potluck Party! Pinning and sharing!

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