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Chana Masala

We found this great vegetarian curry dish that we have made several times to go along with Saag or tikka masala.


  • 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1-inch knob ginger, peeled, roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp black mustard seed
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seed
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1 1/2 tsp garam masala
  • 1 (14-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes
  • 2 (14-ounce) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves, chopped


Combine garlic, ginger, 1 tbsp lemon juice and 1/2 tsp kosher salt in a small food processor and process until you create a fine past. Set aside.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add Mustard seed and cumin and cook until they sputter and spit for a few seconds, and become aromatic. Add onion and baking soda and cook until onions are turning brown (3 – 4 minutes). Add 1 tbsp water to deglaze the pan and continue to cook. Repeat again with the 1 tbsp of water until the onions are a deep brown color. About 10 minutes

Add in garlic, ginger and chili paste and stir to combine. Then add in coriander, black pepper, turmeric and 1 tsp garam masala. Stir until fragrant.

Add in the can of tomatoes and crush them. Add in the two cans of drained chickpeas and cilantro along with 1/2 cup of water.

Bring to a simmer and cover slightly with a lid. Reduce heat to maintain a gentle simmer. Cook until liquid has reduced into a thick stew; 30 minutes.

Stir in remaining garam masala and lemon juice. Season to taste with salt.

Garnish with cilantro.

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