Daily Picture Feature + Channa Masala


Good morning!

First up I have some exciting news. :)

Due to my obsession with all things photography and the million pictures on my hard drives, I have decided to create a Daily Picture page where I will be featuring a daily picture in 4 fun categories.

Each day I will be updating each category with a new picture.

You can click the image below to be taken to the new page.


The question is, which category will be visited the most? ;) I’m pretty excited for the ‘Surprise’ category because I have soooooo many random pictures on my computer.

You can find the Daily Pics link in the category bar at the top of the page now:


Secondly, I have also added an ‘Archives’ drop-down menu on the right side bar (underneath the search bar). Many of you have requested this lately, so now it is up! :)

Back to Channa Masala…

Do you ever go out to a restaurant and all you can think about is how much you can’t wait to make that dish at home?

And you wish you hadn’t stuffed yourself silly so you could go home, get hungry again, and make it that same night?


Ok, maybe that’s just me…

Last weekend, I met up with Angela to go out to an Indian restaurant called Masala Bay. I ordered the Channa Masala with Saffron rice and it was to die for. They served me a hefty portion and let’s just say my jeans were feeling a bit tight on my way out.

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And by a bit tight, I mean that I had to undo the top button of my jeans on the drive home. ;)

The next day I made Channa Masala in the comfort of my own kitchen. Actually, twice in one week!

Spicy foods are perfect for those chilly Fall and Winter days, don’t you think? They warm me up and get my temperature a-risin’. Before I know it, I’m peeling off a layer and guzzling a glass of cold water, imagining myself on a hot, sunny beach.

Winter, what Winter?


Channa Masala

Winter be gone! This dish packs some heat- have your drink ready! Umbrella optional.

Adapted from Arvinda’s.


  • 4 cups chick peas, cooked
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup canned ground or crushed tomatoes, unsalted
  • 1.5-2 tbsp. Madras Masala, to taste*
  • 1-2 tsp. sugar, to taste (optional)
  • 1.5 cup water (I used 2 cups and it was much too thin)
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt, or salt to taste
  • 4 tbsp. cilantro, finely chopped, to garnish (optional)
  • 1 tsp. Garam Masala, to garnish (optional)


Directions: Rinse chickpeas and drain. Set aside. In a medium-sized pan, heat oil on medium-high heat and add in chopped onions. Add ground/crushed tomatoes and cook for one minute. Add Madras Masala spice to make a paste (or you can make your own from scratch). Fry paste for a couple of minutes. Stir in cooked chickpeas and add water to make a consistent sauce. Add salt and sugar to taste. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Serve with basmati rice (optional). Serves 4.

Note: If you aren’t using a spice mix, you can also make your own. See here.

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I love Arvinda’s spices. I have had the pleasure meeting the owners of Arvinda’s at the farmer’s market and they could not be nicer people. They are a local business out of Oakville, Ontario.


Lots ‘o chickpeas.


I doubled the original recipe so I would have lots of leftovers for the week ahead.

Leftovers rule and dishes drool.

Start by heating up the oil and adding the chopped onion.


Cook on low until it caramelizes after about 5-8 minutes and then add the crushed tomato.


Cook for another few minutes and now add the Masala spice. I also added the salt at the same time because it was on my board, but you might want to wait until the end to taste test first to see if it needs any salt.


Stir well to form a thick paste.


Looking good with the sunset pouring through the kitchen window.


Now add the chickpeas and stir well.


Add water and optional sugar.


I used 2 cups of water, but I would suggest using 1-1.5 cups of water if you want it thicker and more paste-like. It was too thin for my liking.

Finally, simmer for 10 minutes. Sneak little bites from the skillet and go, ‘Mmmm!’

That wasn’t so hard, eh?


Garnish with Garam Masala.


This dish is hot, hot, hot….almost too spicy for me, but I was a trooper. Hot flashes ensued, but I loved it.

Eric, on the other hand, will not go near spicy food, so I guess it is all for my belly!

Do you like spicy food? Are you an Indian food lover? Have you ever re-created any restaurant dishes at home?

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{ 94 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun November 10, 2010

Love the daily picture idea! Your photography is so excellent it deserves a special feature. I think the food pictures will stand out to me. Although the surprise & Sketchie sections will be fun.


2 Allison @ Food for Healing November 10, 2010

i find i can’t cook indian food in our condo because it stinks up the place like crazy for DAYS, there not enough air circulation in a condo so have it air out enough. but i do like indian food every now and again, but i try to eat it at a restaurant rather than cooking at home


3 k8 November 10, 2010

Oh! I’ve always wanted to make this! I wonder if I can find the spice mixes around here. And I had a carrot ginger dressing once at a sushi place here in town and I immediately went home and googled and googled and googled and found about 20 different recipes and mishmashed them all and picked and chose and made my own and it was glorious! I had told the waitress that I wanted to lick the salad bowl and she said some people do. Well? I can lick the bowl all I want at home!


4 Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 10, 2010

I think I will always be checking out the “food” and “surprise” categories. :)


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 10, 2010

Love the surprise photo idea! And I think your Indian food looks better than in the restaurant. ;) I’d like to recreate the tandoori prawns I had there, but unfortunately that would mean investing in a Tandoori oven to truly get the real thing. Oh, and a sizzling plate too!


6 Alyne November 10, 2010

BAAAH looks so good! I need to A.) suck it up and locate this powder and B.) Take the time to make this. IT. LOOKS. SO. GOOD.

And it has garbanzo beans, so it’s like Hummus’ cousin.


7 Jessica Champion November 10, 2010

I will probably check out all of the categories ;)

I love spicy food and I am having chana masala tonight! I froze have of the recipe last time so I am hoping it tastes even better. I will let you know if it freezes well or not. My husband wanted it over potato last time and it was really really good! I also added small cubes of tofu to mine (although I know you don’t like tofu much). I also used tomato paste as that was all I had and I really liked it so I think I will continue to make it that way. The recipe I use is very similar but it calls for baking soda to be added with the water, not sure why. I will have to research that one. Hope you have a great day :)


8 tina November 10, 2010

love the new feature.

oh man, you are making my grocery store decisions tough- this looks delish, i really want to try it!!!!


9 Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine November 10, 2010

I looove Indian food!! The spicier the better for me.

And I love the daily pics!! The one of you twirling in Venice is my favorite today :)


10 Therese November 10, 2010

Oh! I’m looking forward to your daily pics! Your photos are gorgeous and makes me jealous! ;)

I LOVE Indian food and lately (with moderate success) have been trying to re-create my favourites at home. And I just acquired some samples from Arvinda and am dying to try them out! Preena is so fabulous!


11 Meredith Lilly November 10, 2010

Chana masala is one of my all-time favourite dishes. I made this dish last night for dinner, only I added spinach to mine and served over brown rice.

I’m excited for the sketchie pictures! Haha err… pictures of sketchie. the cat. I’m sure all of your pics will be legit.


12 Leah November 10, 2010

I LOVE spice and I LOVE Indian food! So much so that I went to India for 6 weeks to try it all! I make it all the time now. Love love love!


13 Amanda November 10, 2010

I am a spicy food lover! The hotter the better ;) I’ve never had Indian food, but now that I’m more open to trying new things maybe I should give it a shot!


14 Alaina @ The Jogging Concierge November 10, 2010

I loooove Indian food! My husband isn’t as adventurous but hopefully I can get him there ;-)


15 Halley (Blunder Construction) November 10, 2010

I absolutely love Indian food, and I do try to create the meals at home. Usually, they are not very successful. I buy naan and veggie samosas at the grocery store, and make a big batch of rice. Then, I’ll either heat up a package of the Indian Fare from Trader Joe’s, or I’ll attempt to make my own dish(which usually which up tasting more Mexican than Indian… whatever).


16 Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' November 10, 2010

I love Indian food! I’ve tried making it at home before, but my version is never quite as good as the “real thing!” (also, my husband HATES how the smell seems to take over our whole house!) I definitely like my food spicy, too!


17 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks November 10, 2010

Historically, I’ve always disliked spicy foods. Not sure why, but they just weren’t my cup of tea. Lately I’ve been better, though. I’ve been making myself try things even if they typically would be in that “too spicy I don’t wanna eat it” category. I’m not quite as sensitive to the spice anymore, so I’ve been branching out.

I still find most spicy Indian food to be too hot for me though! Yikes!

I don’t usually think to recreate things I’ve had when out. I think it comes from so many years as a person who didn’t cook. I’m starting to get better though, so maybe it’s time to start taking notes when I eat out!


18 Maxine November 10, 2010

I have both of those Arvinda spice mixes; that will be my lunch next week. Thanks for the inspiration!


19 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg November 10, 2010

Mmmmmm, chana masala is SO comforting and warming during the cold months of fall and winter! Love it!

Congrats on the new blog feature– great idea for showcasing your beautiful photography!


20 Sarah November 10, 2010

Those Arvinda spice mixes look amazing – I have been looking for a product like that. Any idea if you can buy them in the U.S.? Their website indicates they’ve stopped shipping here.


21 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 10, 2010

I’m not sure, I would try contacting them via their website to see :)


22 Rachel @ Fit Fun and Fabulous November 10, 2010

This post just made me STARVING. I love spicy and I love Indian food. The only other person I know that likes it is my dad! Guess we need a father/daughter date very soon.


23 Morgan @ Life After Bagels November 10, 2010

I am a total wimp to spice. In fact I’m eating some pumpkin hummus right now and cursing myself for putting too many chili flakes in it.

In other news, I’m deciding whether to tell Brad that there will be more and more and more sketchie photos up these days, or wait for him to discover it himself. Ah food for thought, hahaha.


24 Angela (Oh She Glows) November 10, 2010

I created it just for him! ;)


25 Felicia (a taste of health with balance) November 10, 2010

looking forward to the pictures! and no, you are not alone.. every time I have something good out to eat I’m thinking of ways to recreate it at home!


26 Camille November 10, 2010

Cool new feature!
I am checking it out at I type this :)


27 Lizzie November 10, 2010

I am not a spicy food person – normally, but this looks yummy! One thing I love about Indian food is that you can still sample a lot of dishes that don’t necessarily need to be hot, or a lot of places will give you a heat option. My husband loves to cook Indian food so a lot of ours is eaten in house. He loves to add hot sauce to everything – ummmm . . no thanks! :)


28 Tiffany S November 10, 2010

I love spicy food, the spicier the better! But not too crazy. :D

Your cat is beautiful, so I’ll be checking out those photos!!


29 Hope November 10, 2010

I love love love spicy food! I keep a jar of jalapenos in my fridge for that very reason!


30 Faith @ lovelyascharged November 10, 2010

The spicier, the better! I actually had a weird habit as a kid of drinking taco bell fire sauce straight out of the packet. YUM! Indian is ah-mah-zing…haven’t had it in a while, though, come to think of it!

Can’t wait to see more of the daily pictures!


31 CathyK November 10, 2010

great idea for your daily pics! i love the idea of the SURPRISE category!
i live within walking distance of masala bay so i must check it out! will have to grab a girlfriend as husband is…not that adventurous (yet!)
have a great day, angela! we’re blessed with that glorious sunshine again!


32 Ellen@FirednFabulous November 10, 2010

Ohhh Indian is my favorite! Well, pretty much anything with chickpeas in it :) Yummm. Love the pics, too!


33 Susan November 10, 2010

This is drool worthy! I love that you cooked Indian food. I tend to find alot of people shy away from it as it gets a little overwhelming with all the spices – but in the end its totally do-able and worth it! Thanks!


34 Tulika November 10, 2010

That chana masala looks fabulous!! I love seeing Indian food on blogs…I used to think making Indian food was so difficult and complicated, but it really is not so bad once you start to tackle it. And of course, the spicier, the better! (You really do start to build a tolerance after awhile!)


35 Madeleine@ Stepping to the Brightside November 10, 2010

I ADORE spicy foods- it’s my way of living dangerously. I’ll keep on eating, despite my tongue going numb and tears streaming down my face. Can we say borderline foodie masochism? But I’m with you, my boyfriend won’t even poke spicy foods with a 10 foot pole so it’s always a battle in the kitchen (though I still sneak in the cayenne pepper and sriracha sauce whenever I can) ;)


36 Mama Pea November 10, 2010

I can’t wait to see your daily photos! They are gorgeous!


37 Liza November 10, 2010

Mmm, I love love love the look of this dish – can’t wait to try it out for myself. Also, Sketchie!


38 JenATX November 10, 2010

I used to HATE spicy food & it would drive my family insane (come from a Mexican family) because it restricted what my mom could cook haha. I has grown on me though & boy am I glad. I love the extra little kick of spicy food but once it reaches the point of pain, i’m done!


39 Victoria (District Chocoholic) November 10, 2010

Spicy food – yes please! I love Indian dishes that use lots of veggies :).


40 Kathryn November 10, 2010

THANK YOU!!!! I’m super stoked about the archive. That rocks my socks!

I hope you are having a beautiful day!


41 Tracey November 10, 2010

My husband and I both LOVE spicy food!

We were talking the other day about how our future kids are going to grow up liking spicy foods because we always add a bit of heat to our meals.


42 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete November 10, 2010

I like spicy food — never had Chana Masala before. Looks tasty, I sure love my chickpeas :)

I love the new daily pic feature — you take such amazing photographs and thank you for adding more and more to your blog each day. I look forward to it!


43 Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow November 10, 2010

Leaving the house now to get necessary spices. Must have that dish!!!! :)


44 Astrid November 10, 2010

You have such great ideas and your posts are always so positive! I was a little sad to hear that you weren’t going to FoodBuzz, I would have loved to see you. Indian food is something that I rarely experiment with. I definitely need to cook more of it!


45 Whitney @ Blooming Significance November 10, 2010

I love pictures and photography. Its great to have great memories or funny encounters around your house to really put you in a good mood. I have some fun photos on my blog. They are very adorable :)


46 Laurab @ foodsnobstl November 10, 2010

I love spicy food, but didn’t try indian food until recently. It is not my favorite, but I am willing to give it a few more tries.


47 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey November 10, 2010

LOVE the new daily pics feature! Sketchie is always my favorite. He’s so funny.


48 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 10, 2010

Ohhh… I LOVE Indian food. I’m not happy until my nose is running from the heat! This is definitely going on the “to make” list. Thanks!

My bets is that Sketchie (gorgeous cat!) gets the most hits. :)


49 Shanna November 10, 2010

Oh yes make it hot. I like when my food makes me cry!


50 Mellissa November 10, 2010

I love Indian food, it is probably my favorite ethnic food. So good! We have tried to make it a few times at home and it just doesn’t seem to turn out quite as good.


51 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad November 10, 2010

Link and I cant wait to see more sketchie pics! I try to create Thai red curry at home all the time. Never tastes quite the same…


52 Emily November 10, 2010

I loooove spicy food – and I loved your line “leftovers rule, dishes drool.” May have to steal that one-liner. Can’t wait to see your photos.


53 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) November 10, 2010

“Leftovers rule and dishes drool. “–

I love that! And this recipe looks great! I make lots of things with chickpeas and spices from thai coconut rice to southwestern soup to roasted brown sugar “chickpea” peanuts…I am a fan of recreating any and all ethic food at home…and although I dont love garlic and onions, i like heat and spice, and so does the family…even the 3 year old :) so I am not afraid of everything from cayenne to chili powder to chipotle and love garam masala!

Your pic page…so clever and you have sooo many amazing photos, great thinking on that one! :)


54 DebZ November 10, 2010

LOVE the action shot of the spices going into the pan!


55 Maddie (Healthy Maddie) November 10, 2010

I love the daily picture idea! All of your photography is beautiful. I definitely like spicy foods but am not a big fan of indian food (I don’t like the spices).


56 Fi November 10, 2010

I LOVE spicy food! I live in an area of London where most of the residents are of Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi descent so whenever you walk around there is always the smell of curry/ethnic food being cooked… so by the time I’ve arrived at my house, I am totally craving spicy food!
That channa masala looks SO good! I didn’t realise it was quite so simple. I’ve never come across madras masala but I’d like to try this recipe… so I googled it – does this sound like the mix you have? Coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black peppercorns, black mustard seeds, turmeric, chili powder, salt, garlic & ginger?
Thanks :)
Looking forward to these daily photos! xxx


57 kathleen November 10, 2010

I love spicy food. I can completely hang with the natives which makes for interesting conversations with servers at ethnic restaurants who don’t ever believe me when i tell them i want it spicy :)


58 Teri [a foodie stays fit] November 10, 2010

I love chana masala! It’s been too long since I’ve made it!

I’m excited foryour new picture categories. Should be fun! :)


59 Lauren November 10, 2010

Spicy food and I are not friends! With my sensitive tummy, we have just never been able to overcome our differences! ;)


60 Jennifer November 10, 2010

I love Indian food! The best indian restaurant I have ever been to hands down, is the Mint Leaf in Milton, ON. Soooo good! If you’re anywhere near there, you should go pronto!


61 Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman November 10, 2010

That’s not too hard at all! I’m loving the new step-by-step posts. It makes things so much more approachable since I can visualize just how intense (or not!) a recipe is.


62 Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) November 10, 2010

I adore spicy food. Not so spicy that I cry and cannot taste the flavors of the dish though ;P I am also a huge fan of Indian food. I just recently (’bout a month) tried a few dishes for the first time at WF’s hot bar and cannot get enough. I had made chana masala at home w/o ever trying it made for me before and didn’t care for it… tried it last week from WF and NEED to try an recreate it. I was successful at a simple Indian dal recipe I found on the WF website… made a huge batch and it didn’t last long! Pictures and link to the recipe are on my site :) -m



63 Clare @ Fitting It All In November 10, 2010

I LOVE Indian Food and Chana Masala is so simple!! Will have to try your recipe next!


64 Charlie November 10, 2010

I looooove spicy food! This dish looks deliciously spicy ;).


65 bitt November 10, 2010

I love a good chana masala.

Looking forward to your pics. And the skechie category. :-)

I just finally had a “I can make this better at home” moment. And I did. I think I am turning into a real chef, at least in my small niche.


66 Kendel @ Eating Abroad November 10, 2010

I love Indian and am always trying to recreate the dishes at home. I recently perfected my favorite Indian restaurant Palak Paneer.


67 Jamie November 10, 2010

You are really good with your photography. Always love your pics!


68 Amber K November 10, 2010

I tend to not mind the taste of spicy food, but my tongue can NOT handle me eating it! So I stay far, far away.


69 Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather November 10, 2010

What a fun new page idea! Your pictures always look amazing so I’ll be checking it out for sure.

Neither my husband or I like things too spicy so i’d have to take some heat out of it. Looks great though!


70 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 10, 2010

I love the daily pic thing…I have been doing that on my blog and it’s a great way to keep track of all those millions of photos!


71 Megan (Braise The Roof) November 10, 2010

I’m a big fan of spicy foods, but like you, I often find myself cooking for people who aren’t a fan! What’s a girl to do? Eat leftovers, that’s what. :)


72 Dani @ Body By Nature November 10, 2010

Love this! I just got some of Arvinda’s Garam Masala and was planning on making it tonight, there must be something in the air!


73 Nicole @ Body By Beer November 10, 2010

I LOVE spicey foods, spicier the better imo!

I love your pics of sketchie, we need to see more of that pretty kitty


74 Beth @ DiningAndDishing November 10, 2010

I love spicy food and I love Indian food! I don’t often get to have it since I don’t know too many people who are fans but when I do I really enjoy it :).


75 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 10, 2010

oh yummo! I must give this a try :)


76 faith @ gracefulfitness November 10, 2010

I love spicy and indian. I had the pleasure of eating Indian food in India last May and it was just as delicious as you would imagine!


77 Silvara November 10, 2010

I can’t get away of not saying that I love Indian food…coz I’m Indian lol.

Some tips with the Channa masala (as my mother taught me :P)

– try and get the onions as fine as possible when you are chopping – I usually do it in the food processor. The smaller chunks they are, they will actually form part of the gravy and add to the thickness of it so it won’t thin out when you add the water.

– add the spices in first (except the garam masala) after the onion – let it cook for a minute or so or until you can smell the aroma. This allows the spices to fully open up or something (don’t know the technical term and learnt not to argue with Mum as her cooking is fantastic). Make sure you don’t burn them! When you add the tomatoes after, you should be able to see when the oil starts to separate – you can then add your chickpeas. Garam masala is usually a finishing spice – add it in at the end (def for meat curries!)

There are so many variations to this dish but no matter how it’s cooked – it’s my favourite :D


78 Rebecca November 10, 2010

I like Indian food, but, I am not great with spicy food, it always makes me nose run. I think I will be looking at the Sketchie photos, I love cats. I do like to recreate some dishes, I tried to make a curried pasta salad that I had the other day, it turned out pretty well, I think.


79 Moni'sMeals November 10, 2010

wow! Love the new ideas! I look forward to the additions.

I LOVE spicy, that was not always the case, but you work your way there.
I also love channa masala and this is very similiar to the one I make too, YUMMMM! :)


80 April @ Crazy Fabulous Life November 10, 2010

You know, I have never had Indian food. I am dying to try it!


81 Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo November 10, 2010

I LOVE Indian food, but I’ve only had half-hearted successes making it at home…I can take spicy, but I always order things not spicy at restaurants because I’m afraid their idea of spicy won’t coincide with mine!

Looking forward to the daily pics page!


82 Wei-Wei November 10, 2010

There seem to have been more step-by-step photos here on OSG… I love it! :D


83 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 10, 2010

I’ve actually never eaten at an Indian restaurant before! I’m not really big on spicy foods though. I can barely handle hot salsa. :P


84 Roz November 10, 2010

LOVE the idea of the daily photo!!!!! I’ll definately be clickin’ on that!
And spicy food? YUM!!!!


85 Dee November 10, 2010

What a great idea! I’ll definitely be checking it out! :)

And…Umm, wow. this dish looks amazing!


86 Traci November 10, 2010

oooooo love me some spicy food :)


87 Cara Craves... November 10, 2010

I love spicy food to bits, which is why Korea is the perfect place for me to live.
Spicy food is easily at my grasp any time I please. An added bonus is most of
it is also really easy to make…Mmmm!


88 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 10, 2010



89 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) November 10, 2010

Woops, maybe computer mess-up! Back to what I meant to say: I love the addition of the daily pic page! Also, do you use photoshop to put the images right next to eachother in your posts or can you do that through MLR? For some reason, I can’t figure out how to do that on my blog for the life of me. Thanks!


90 Emily November 10, 2010

I’m a pad Thai lady — and can’t get enough! It may not be that spicy, but when it’s made just right – it’s PERFECT and so satisfying!


91 Kris | iheartwellness.com November 10, 2010

Mmm I had chana masala for dinner tonight! I have an amazing 5 minute recipe on the bloggie which is freaking amazing!



92 Kristy November 11, 2010

We went on a feild trip to an Indian resturant for culinary school a few weeks ago and I wanna say we tried the traditional version of this. It has very deep, rich flavors? I love the saffron rice idea! :-)


93 peckingbird November 11, 2010

Hi Angela … long time stalker, first time poster here.

I’m loving your channa masala recipe. Next time you should try my favourite thing to do with this recipe: adding chunks of roasted pumpkin and some big handfuls of baby spinach leaves to wilt at the end of cooking. Mmmm, delish!

Thanks for the awesome blog, it’s really inspiring. We don’t have anybody here in Australia doing anything similar that I can find, so keep it up, we need you!

x peckingbird


94 Ellie April 16, 2012

I love indian food! The only thing that beats channa masala is lentils and spices, my friend’s dad makes it (they’re indain) and it’s amazing! this looks much easier and healthier though, definetely my dinner tomorrow!


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