Cheater Channa Masala

Published June 18, 2013 by Vegan Derby Cat Party

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Not the real deal at all, but I had a craving, and didn’t want to spend the money (or consume the fat) that goes with ordering take-out, especially when I already had a huge pot of cooked chickpeas sitting in the fridge! (The rest will be used for Foxy Tuna!) I put in the tweaks I’ll make on the next go with *, but thought this still came out tasty enough to share! Let me know what you think. 🙂

3 tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
1 tsp. cumin
1.5 tsp. turmeric
1 tsp. sea salt

3″ piece of ginger, minced
8 garlic cloves, minced

15 oz. can chopped tomatoes and their juice (I used fire roasted w/chiles here)
15 oz. can of tomato sauce*
2 tbsp. curry powder
1 tbsp. garam masala
2 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. coriander*
2 tsp. sugar or evaporated cane
cayenne pepper to taste, optional

6 c. cooked chickpeas (1 lb cooked, or 4 cans)
1 c. reserved cooking liquid or can liquid
2 tbsp. lemon juice

1-2 c. frozen greens, optional

Directions:

1. Heat oil in a pot over medium heat. Add onions, cumin and turmeric, and cook until soft, about 7 minutes. Add ginger and garlic, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, curry powder, garam masala, cumin, sugar and cayenne. Cover, and let the mixture simmer over low-medium/medium for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add chickpeas, liquid, and lemon juice to the mixture, and simmer for 10 more minutes. Stir in frozen greens (if using) and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Results:

Pretty good. I think I’ll up the tomato sauce and cut back the coriander a little. (*The measurements up there reflect these changes!) I served this over brown basmati rice. You could also make my easy and non-traditional Roti here if you feel so inclined. Since this is a new recipe, I somehow resisted the urge to throw a bunch of frozen greens in until I could give the flavors a chance to talk to me. Then I totally threw in some spinach at the end, because I love greens in just about everything, but that’s just me!

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