Chana Masala

Friday, April 12, 2013


Over the weekend, I had a serious craving for chana masala.  This is kind of weird, considering the fact that I've only had the dish once, three years ago, and I couldn't for the life of me say if it was good or not.  I scarfed it down as quickly as possible, as it was the night of my wedding and was more interested in visiting all of our guests then sitting around, savoring my meal.  



This past weekend, though, I was reminiscing and wanted to recreate the dinner from the best night of my life, which occurred exactly three years ago on Tuesday.  I don't know the first thing about Indian cuisine, but luckily I have an amazing friend who knows everything about it.  I had been eyeing up Richa's chana masala recipe for over a year now and knew this was the perfect occasion to make it.  It was my anniversary gift to myself.



I followed Richa's recipe almost to a T, only eliminating the hing and raw sugar, and substituting the chana masala spice blend with garam masala.  I prepared the meal on the stovetop, rather than the pressure cooker, and it took almost no time from start to finish

The recipe did not disappoint in any way, and although I cannot say for sure, was almost definitely better than the chana masala I ate at my wedding.  From the fast preparation to the perfect blend of spices, this dish warmed my heart and belly, and made me smile with complete content.  There's nothing like preparing a dish from your past, and having it turn out better than remembered.

40 comments:

  1. Oh man this looks so amazing and what is even more awesome is you served Chana Masala at your wedding- you rock Caitlin! This looks so warm and cozy, the perfect meal for today since it is so cold and rainy :(

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    1. thanks, heather! last week's weather was so cold and rainy, this is definitely what i needed ;)

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  2. ooh yummy! i've been on a total chickpea kick lately. this looks perrrrfect.

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    1. it is perfect, molly! i think i'm always on a chickpea kick, haha ;)

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  3. you had chana masala at your wedding? that is so awesome:))
    i am so happy it turned out well! :)) remind me to send you some freshly made chana masala later in the summer:)

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    1. i did! i will remind you! i cannot wait ;) thank you for the amazingly delicious and simple recipe <3

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  4. I ALWAYS order Chana Masala at Indian restaurants, now I can't wait to make it at home, thank you!

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    1. yay, freda! it's so easy to make at home!

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  5. This looks delicious! I need to make some soon too.

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  6. This is exactly the kind of edible comfort I could use right about now. I'm cursing my lack of chickpeas though! As soon as I cook up another big batch, this is the first thing I'm making with them. I especially love how onion-y it looks, since you can never have too many onions (much like garlic) if you ask me.

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    1. i've been needing edible comfort lately, too. and girllllllll, there is never enough onion and garlic in my book, either ;)

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  7. I adore chana masala. It is one of my top five favorite meals. It's just so flavorful and filling.

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  8. Yumm.... This is my favorite dish when I get Indian food. I always wanted to make it at home. I am excited to try this one!

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    1. yay! i can't wait for you to make it!

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  9. This dish looks so wholesome and heart-warming :) Having a warm bowl of yumminess in your hands that reminds you of happy times is a lovely way to enjoy a meal. Happy third anniversary Caitlin!

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  10. Every time I visit my sister in NYC we eat at this little Pakistani restaurant near her apartment and I always order a side of chala masala. There's something so comforting about those flavors. This looks so incredibly delicious! I've added this recipe to the menu for next week - really looking forward to trying it out.

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    1. oooh- i'll have to try pakistani food! i can't wait for you to make this, you'll love it ;)

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  11. Love Chana Masala. Your change-up sounds really good.

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  12. Thanks for your kind words Caitlin!

    I love chana masala but I've never made it. That's a shame because I love having chickpeas for breakfast and this could easily become a new favourite!

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    1. i love your blog, aurélie! you should make chana masala for breakfast!

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  13. Awww, I love that you served Chana Masala at your wedding! Sounds like my kind of wedding for sure :) And your recipe looks spot on--now I'm seriously craving some Indian eats!

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    1. thanks, lady <3 i'm craving it right now, too!

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  14. It's kind of wrong that the blogger behind The Vegan Chickpea has only had chana masala once--LOL! :) Whenever I go to an Indian buffet, I cross my fingers that they'll have it there because it's one of my favorite Indian dishes. I hope you had a Happy Anniversary!

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    1. it is totally wrong, kiersten! haha. we had a great anniversary! thank you <3

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  15. chickpeas are really healthy and omg this dish looks really good! would love to try that out sometime :)

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    1. they are very healthy! you should try it, it's delicious!

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  16. Of all the Indian food meals, I find myself craving chana masala the most! I can never pass it up. Richa's recipes never fail so I will definitely be giving this one a try. :-)

    Happy (belated) Anniversary! I hope you two did something really fun to celebrate! xx

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    1. thanks, lady! i agree, richa's recipes are no-fail.

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  17. Yum this looks amazing! I will have to try this recipe too - I ADORE chana masala and it is a go to meal for us in the winter. I am always looking for good variations to try! And yes, happy belated Anniversary Caitlin! xx

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    1. thanks, shira! this one is simple AND delicious ;)

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  18. I adore chana masala! I haven't tried Richa's recipe yet, but this confirms that I really need to do it. I hope you had a wonderful anniversary!

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    1. thank you, richa, i did! try richa's recipe!

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  19. Happy belated anniversary! Lovely story, and the dish looks so good. We've been making South Asian food a lot lately. My husband's favorite is chana saag, but I'm sure this will top his list soon!

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    1. i've been wanting to experiment more with indian food. i should add chana saag to my list!

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  20. This was so good served over roasted cauliflower!

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