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Chana Masala

What you need: 

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon curry
1 tablespoon tomato paste (I used ketchup, how embarrassing)
1 (15 ounce) can chickpeas, drained, reserving 3 tablespoons liquid
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
fresh black pepper, to taste
crushed red pepper, to taste, optional
1 tablespoon vegan margarine

What you do: 

1. Heat oil on medium high heat. Fry onions until slightly browned. Reduce heat to medium. Add garlic, curry, and paste. Stir and simmer about 2 minutes.
2. Add chickpeas, reserved liquid, lemon juice, salt, and black pepper. Simmer 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add red pepper, to taste. Add margarine, stirring through to melt it. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes more or until chickpeas are softened and dish is hot. Serve over rice.
Source of recipe: I don't know how authentic this is, but I whipped it up last night. It tasted great to me.

Preparation Time: 
10 minutes, Cooking time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 
15 minutes
2 to 4
Recipe Category: 


This is really good! The only modification I made was I added a can of tomato paste and tomato sauce.


this was delisious ! even my picky husband who refuses to try cultural foods loved this! :)>>>


This was pretty good!! I'm always looking for shortcuts to making Indian Food. I didn't read the reviews before making and will take a couple suggestions into consideration the next time I make this dish...use garam masala, more tomato pasta, and maybe even some coconut milk...

Thanks for this!!


I made this AGAIN, but a little different. 

I added 2 chopped yellow peppers and 1 chopped zucchini with the onions at the beginning.  I also added cooked potatoes and 1 can of coconut milk when I added the chickpeas.  It was so good.  ;)b


........If there was an icon for 'eyes rolling into back of head' i would use it. :D


;)b  Love this!!  I make this at least a few times a month.  The ingredients are so basic, so even when the cupboards are getting bare, I know I can always make this in a pinch. 


I always add Spinach to my Indian dishes. Tastsy and a great way to get your veggies in. Enjoy!


do you think spinach would taste good in this??


this is perhaps the best basic meal of all time. great for poor students like me who need to eat real food ;)

i used a 1/3 cup soy milk for some creaminess (i really do not like coconut milk)
generous handful of frozen peas
2 tbs of tomato paste
1/3 water - i wanted mine more saucy

i forgot to add the lemon to it, and also didnt add the liquid from the canned chickpeas - i find that stuff really disgusting. i also omitted the salt as the margarine is salty enough for our tastes. This is so yummy and probably and so cheap to make :)

next time we are going to use dried chickpeas and maybe dice a potato :)

thanks for such a great recipe  :)>>>


Really yummy! All i could find for a base for dinner was chickpeas and decided to try something different. I used coconut milk like many people said, and didnt see the thing about saving chick pea water so i just left that out. I added garam marsala and a dash of soy sauce.  ;)b



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