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Chana Masala (Curried Garbanzo Beans)

What you need: 

1 yellow onion, diced small
3 toes garlic, minced
1 jalapeno, diced (seeded and deveined if you don’t like alot of heat)
2 cup garbanzo beans (already cooked)
2 cup diced tomatoes, canned (I use Muir Glenn, they are the best)
5 red jacket potatoes, diced
4 cups vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon tandoori masala
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon cumin (I use 1/2 teaspoon ground and 1/2 teaspoon whole seeds)
1 1/2 tablespoon muchi curry powder ( get a good quality curry it makes all the
difference in the world)
1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon basil
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon fenugreek
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 cup fresh cilantro (+ 2 tablespoons reserved)

What you do: 

Heat a small amount of oil in a 1 quart skillet, or a pot is fine if you don’t have one. Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes on medium high; add garlic and jalapeno, cook a few more minutes; add garbanzo, potato, tomato, stock, herbs and spices, reduce heat to medium low and cover. Cook until potatoes are soft and most of the liquid has cooked off.
Remove from heat and smash some of the solids to thicken the sauce. Stir in reserved cilantro before serving. Serve with brown rice and nann or cornbread.
*all the spice measurements are approximate, I just go by taste and adjust along the way*

Preparation Time: 
30-45 minutes
Cooking Time: 
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this is my all time fave Indian dish so I am all over this recipe! I'm new to these boards but I'm loving what I see so far. I'll try this and let you all know! Thanks  :)


Despite not having the masala or cilantro, the recipe turned out well. I also used diced fresh tomatoes instead of canned and it worked beautifully.


OK this was an awesome dish. I was slightly worried about spending so much $ on tons of spices that I will never use again, but that will not be the case!


Probably the best dish I've ever cooked on my own. I added some rice to the mix before the cover/simmer stage to give it some added thickness.



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