No need for take-out…at home Chana Masala

If you are like me, then you are probably pretty pressed for time right about now and find yourself eating more take-out & frozen meals, which is in no way ideal. Well, I’ve been trying to combat this trend and make meals that are simple, quick and can feed us for a couple of dinners.

Since I had a taste for Indian cuisine the other night, but didn’t want to do take-out, I made my own Chana Masala. Here is what I came up with.


1 medium onion, very finely chopped
3 cloves of  garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon turmeric
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 15 ounce cans of chickpeas, rinsed & drained
1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes, fire roasted if possible
2 tablespoons of oil
1 tablespoon of honey
Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Add oil to large saute pan. Once it’s hot, add the onion, garlic & spices and cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes. Stir often.
  2. Reduce heat and add the tomatoes & honey. Mix well and cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add chickpeas and cook on low for about 30 minutes.
  4. Finally, add fresh chopped cilantro and serve.

One thought on “No need for take-out…at home Chana Masala

  • December 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    oooh. that’s a good one and budget friendly too! i making tikka masala tonight for friends with some aloo gobi. i’ve been hankering for indian lately too.

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