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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chana Masala

Chana Masala
Ooh, this one’s a keeper! It’s a recipe by the vegan cookbook goddess, Isa Chandra. Hearty and satisfying, the chickpeas are nutty and chewy, the curry flavor is rich, and the heat is subtle but very noticeable. Mark and I really enjoyed it and we’ll be sure to make it again!  

Chana Masala

Spice blend:
1 T plus 1 t ground cumin
1 T ground coriander
1 t ground tumeric
1/2 t fennel seeds, chopped
1/2 t cardamom
1/4 t cinnamon
1/8 t ground cloves
1/4 t ground cayenne (optional, and more or less to taste)

For everything else:
3 T coconut oil
1 large onion, sliced in medium pieces
2 jalapenos, deseeded and thinly sliced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping T minced fresh ginger
1/4 C finely chopped fresh cilantro
3 lbs tomatoes, diced
Fresh black pepper
1 t salt
3 1/2 C cooked chickpeas (or two cans, rinsed and drained) note: 2 cups dried will give you the right amount
1 t agave
Juice of one lime, or 1 t tamarind concentrate, or 4 t bottled lime juice (I use 365 brand)

Preheat a large pan over medium heat. A large pan is better than a pot because it will get the tomatoes to cook down faster.

Meanwhile, mix together the spice blend in a small bowl.

When the pan is hot, saute the onion in the coconut oil for about 10 minutes, until nicely browned. While it’s sauteeing you can prep the rest of the veggies.

Add the jalapeno, garlic and ginger, and saute until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the cilantro and saute until wilted. Add the spice blend and toss to coat the onions, letting the spices toast a bit (about a minute or so).

Add the tomatoes and mix well, scraping the bottom of the pan to deglaze. Add salt and pepper, chickpeas and agave. Cover the pan and bring heat up a bit. The tomatoes should take about 10 minutes to breakdown and get saucy. Remove the lid, and cook for about 20 more minutes on low heat, so that the flavors meld and the sauce thickens. It shouldn’t be too thick (like a marinara), but it shouldn’t be watery, either.

Add lime juice or tamarind concentrate. Taste for seasoning, you might want to add a little of this or that. Let sit for 10 minutes or so off the heat before serving. Serve with basmati rice and garnish with extra cilantro, if you like!

From the ppk.com

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