Indian Chana Masala

Indian Chana Masala and Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

Indian Chana Masala and Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops

 

Indian Chana Masala and Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops... so good

Indian Chana Masala and Indian Spiced Grilled Lamb Chops… so good

Indian Chana Masala

 What do I know about Indian cuisine?  I know that it is delicious, I know that it is a flavor I crave, I know i wish a little Indian lady would come cook in my kitchen, and that my house smells incredibly fabulous right now!!!  I am definitely not an expert, but I know there are certain spice combinations that we LOVE!!!  This recipe contains just about all of them.  I have combed through many Indian recipes to come up with what that I think suits the flavors we love! This past week while making hummus, I cooked an extra bag of chick peas just so that I would have some extra for this particular dish.  Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Ingredients List:

1/4 cup canola oil

1 large onion, chopped

6 large cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 cup white wine

2 – 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes,  hand crushed, liquid reserved

4 cups of the reserved liquid from tomatoes

3 1/2 TBS fresh grated ginger

4 cups cooked chick peas

4 cups of the reserved liquid from tomatoes

2 tsp kosher salt

2 chicken bullion cubes

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp tumeric

1 pinch red pepper flakes

2 – 5.5 ounce cans coconut milk

juice of a lemon

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves

extra salt and pepper to taste

 

Cooking Instructions:

Heat the canola oil in a medium stock pot over high heat.  Add the onions and saute for  5 – 7 minutes until slightly golden.  Add the garlic and saute for about another minute.  Add in the white wine.  Let it go for about a minute. Reduce the heat to low while adding in the remainder of the ingredients. Add in the tomatoes and ginger.  Stir in the chick peas and the reserved liquid from the tomatoes.  Add in everything else down to the cilantro leaves.  Bring it back up to a slow boil.  Reduce to a low simmer and let it cook for about 45 minutes.  You may have to add a little liquid during this time, chicken stock if you have it but water in a pinch!  Taste to see if you need any extra salt and pepper.  We had ours with some Indian spiced lamb chops and some fresh greens!  Some fresh baked pita bread would be a nice addition here!!!

 ENJOY!!!

Cooking the Chana Masala

Cooking the Chana Masala

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