January 14, 2020

CHANA MASALA

INGREDIENTS

•   1 tablespoon olive oil
•   1 large onion, chopped
•   2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
•   Two 15- to 16-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
•    1 to 2 teaspoons garam masala or good-quality curry powder
•    1/2 teaspoon turmeric
•    2 teaspoons grated fresh or jarred ginger
•    2 large tomatoes, diced
•    1 tablespoon lemon juice
•    1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, or to taste
•    Salt to taste
•    Hot cooked grain (rice, quinoa, or couscous), optional


PREPARATION

1.   Heat the oil in a wide skillet. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic and continue to sauté until the onion is golden.
2.   Add the chickpeas, garam masala, turmeric, ginger, tomatoes, lemon juice, and about 1/4 cup water. Bring to a simmer, then cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. This should be moist and stewlike, but not soupy; add a little more water, if needed.
3.   Stir in the cilantro and season with salt. Serve on its own in shallow bowls or over a hot cooked grain, if desired.