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.
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?
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.
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?
“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! :)
LOVE the action shot of the spices going into the pan!
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).
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?
Looking forward to these daily photos! xxx
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 :)
I love chana masala! It’s been too long since I’ve made it!
I’m excited foryour new picture categories. Should be fun! :)
Spicy food and I are not friends! With my sensitive tummy, we have just never been able to overcome our differences! ;)
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!
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.
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
I LOVE Indian Food and Chana Masala is so simple!! Will have to try your recipe next!
I looooove spicy food! This dish looks deliciously spicy ;).
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.
I love Indian and am always trying to recreate the dishes at home. I recently perfected my favorite Indian restaurant Palak Paneer.
You are really good with your photography. Always love your pics!
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.
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!
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!
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. :)
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!
I LOVE spicey foods, spicier the better imo!
I love your pics of sketchie, we need to see more of that pretty kitty
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 :).
oh yummo! I must give this a try :)
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!
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
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.
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! :)
You know, I have never had Indian food. I am dying to try it!
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!
There seem to have been more step-by-step photos here on OSG… I love it! :D
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
LOVE the idea of the daily photo!!!!! I’ll definately be clickin’ on that!
And spicy food? YUM!!!!
What a great idea! I’ll definitely be checking it out! :)
And…Umm, wow. this dish looks amazing!
oooooo love me some spicy food :)
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!
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!
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!
Mmm I had chana masala for dinner tonight! I have an amazing 5 minute recipe on the bloggie which is freaking amazing!
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! :-)
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!
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!
Absolutely love this recipe! I didn’t have the Madras masala, so i skipped on over to the linked website and used their spice combination. Unknowingly, I only had one can of chickpeas on hand. I attempted to cut the recipe in half, but got sidetracked and well… just decided to leave everything as-is and use the single can. It was wonderful, saucy and ended up being the perfect amount for me (#cookingforone). I served it with basmati rice, which made the excess sauce a good thing!
I added coconut milk instead of water and also added some kale with the chickpeas.
Absolutely loved the flavor and texture. Very warming indeed